How To Disinfect and Clean Your Home With Only 4 Ingredients

How To Disinfect and Clean Your Home With Only 4 Ingredients

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Cleaning products are often specialized for one specific purpose, causing you to need to buy many different types for your cleaning needs. Worse still, these commercial cleaners are packed with deadly chemicals that can actually be as harmful to you as smoking a pack of cigarettes every day!

But don’t worry. Keep your positive thinking going! There are completely natural, inexpensive ways to clean your home in a way that is health-conscious. Better yet, all it takes are a few things you likely already have at home.

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Here’s How To Disinfect And Clean Your Home With Only 4 Ingredients

1.    Baking Soda

Sodium bicarbonate, more popularly known as baking soda, is a variety of salt, meaning it is a neutral compound, not an acid and not an alkali. However, its pH value is not 100% neutral; it’s a tiny bit higher, which makes it a “basic” compound. The properties that come with this make the component fantastic at cleaning for the following reasons.

a)    It Releases Gas

This doesn’t exactly sound like the best thing – and it might even sound a little gross – but this is great for cleaning. Essentially, what this means is that when baking soda reaches a temperature of 300°F or higher, it expels carbon dioxide. That’s why it’s good for baking, for extinguishing grease fires, and for many more applications.

Of course, baking soda is also fantastic for cleaning – specifically for pest control! When consumed by pests, this can cause a buildup of gas within these creatures that leads to organ failure, thus acting as an effective anti-bug method.

b)    Odor Absorption

Many people use items such as candles or even air fresheners to reduce stench in a room. But all these items do is make the odors less noticeable – hiding them, in a way.

On the other hand, baking soda actually absorbs bad smells. Most negative odors are acidic, and the basic nature of baking soda allows it to neutralize those low-pH molecules in the air for more positive deodorizing results.

c)    Abrasive Features

Abrasive products like baking soda are fantastic for dislodging all sorts of gritty, stubborn particles that can make cleaning your home a living hell. You might think that soap does this job just as well, but soap is designed specifically to be less harsh, so as a base, it lacks the powerful qualities of baking soda.

d)    Vinegar Reaction

Vinegar, another item on our list, reacts impressively well with baking soda when it comes to cleaning! We know that a mix of the two can provide an explosive reaction thanks to many a science fair project, and it’s this combination that makes it so potent.

A mix of vinegar and baking soda can easily unclog drains, clean grease and gunk in your home, and leave all surfaces completely sparkling. Not bad for a couple of standard kitchen items!

2.    White Vinegar

White vinegar contains high levels of acetic acid. This means that white vinegar, distilled, has an extremely low pH of 2.4, making it more acidic than beverages like orange juice and coffee. As such, it is the perfect cleaner.

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Why does this acidity work so well? It is able to fight against a lot of gunk buildup, including soap scum, hard water brine, and glue remnants. It works much more easily and efficiently than many commercial products in this respect.

White vinegar also has highly positive effects on glass of all kinds, as well as other areas where you want to see a good shine. It gets rid of stains and adds a sparkle to countless different materials.

Do note that white vinegar’s extreme acidity means it cannot be used with absolutely everything. It may be bad for flimsy materials, natural stone, and skin. Diluting it with water will make it safer for direct application, but there are other options for cleaning these particular things.

3.    Rubbing Alcohol

Known also as isopropyl alcohol, rubbing alcohol is mainly used for healthcare purposes, but it’s also a fantastic cleaner. Here’s why you should add it to your cleaning kit.

a)    Disinfectant Properties

Rubbing alcohol is an excellent disinfectant. That’s why it’s often used to clean and treat wounds, and that also means it’s absolutely safe to use around the house. It can sterilize your home, keeping it free from bad bacteria.

b)    Gentle and Safe

As we previously mentioned, rubbing alcohol is arguably one of the safest alternative cleaners out there. It is gentle on fabrics, natural stones, and delicate materials, but it is still capable of packing a stain-removing punch and killing unwanted insects.

c)    Volatile Properties

This sounds harsh, but it really isn’t! Alcohol is highly volatile, and as such, it dries quickly. This means that it doesn’t leave any residue behind, unlike even water, and you don’t have to worry about the excess alcohol sticking around for longer than a few minutes at a time.

4.    Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil isn’t a “true” essential oil in the sense of the word, but it carries most – if not all – of the same benefits as any other one of these great, pure oils. It is made through the act of cold-pressing fresh lemon rind, leading to a very bright and refreshing scent.

This oil packs an acidic punch that makes it great for brightening parts of the house, furniture, or other items and infusing them with a delightful and strong fresh lemon smell. It is also packed with antimicrobial properties, which make it effective against bad bacteria and other microorganisms that you don’t want around your home.

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