May 15, 2012
Synthetic household cleaners are oftentimes full of hazardous and toxic chemicals that could be endangering the health of you and your family — particularly if you live in a ‘green’ home with very little airflow to the outside world. While some less threatening options do exist at grocery stores, especially organic cleaners, there are ways that you can utilize natural substances around your home to replace your toxic cleaners at very little or no cost.
Here are 5 innovative ways that will help you throw out your old synthetic cleaners and replace them with health-promoting substances:
1. Disinfect and Deodorize Naturally
Disinfectant chemicals are among the most widely used in homes throughout the developed world. In fear of germs and the potential ailments that ‘dirty’ countertops could bring, you may be wiping down your tables daily with antibacterial wipes and sprays. Not only does this contribute to resistant  bugs that could cause serious problems for public health, but scientists are increasingly showing that some bacteria is essential to proper  immunity.
Instead of harsh cleaners, use lemon juice to clean cutting boards and counter tops naturally — without developing heavily resistant ‘super’ bugs. In addition, the lemon juice can help remove unwanted stains and odors.
2. Bathroom Cleaning
Bathroom cleaners are perhaps the most toxic cleaning supplies on the market, which is especially concerning when considering that the toxic compounds will end up compiling into the small space that compromises the traditional bathroom. Instead, use a mixture of borax powder and lemon juice to clean your bathroom efficiently and naturally.
3. Removing Tarnish
Use a simple ‘paste’ made of table salt and lemon water to make copper, chrome, and brass shine once more. After applying the mixture, let it sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water and ultimately applying a gentle buffer to enhance the shine effect.
4. Natural Glass Cleaner
Whether it is a dusty vase, dirty window, or old coffee pot, lemon juice is an excellent glass cleaner. Try using one part lemon juice in ten parts water and applying to a rag or paper towel. You will be surprised how effective the solution is, and perhaps even more impressed with the lack of chemical odor that traditionally fills the house after using many toxic glass cleaners.
5. Removing Grease
Grease is often a pain to remove, even with many toxic concoctions that inhabit most cleaning supplies. As usual, the natural alternative is much more effective and inexpensive. Simply use plain water and lemon juice to remove grease on kitchen appliances, counter tops, or cookware.
Lemon juice is an excellent home cleaning substance, but it can also be used to boost your internal health. Warm water with lemon  first thing in the morning is not only highly beneficial in fighting fat, but also in boosting immunity overall. Lemon presents itself as a highly useful health food item as well as a significant taste enhancer.
This post first appeared at Natural Society