Commercial Chemical Free Options
While commercial home cleaners work well, they often come at a costly price tag and bring complex chemicals into your home and the environment. Luckily there are some age old simple cleaners you can make yourself and only cost a fraction of a price. Here are my favorites;
Vinegar (because of it’s acidic properties) can cut through grease, adhesives and grime. It cleans floors, walls, mirrors, and glassware. When mixed with equal parts water it can really go far replace a handful of other cleaners in your arsenal. When frozen in an ice-cube tray, then put down a garbage disposal it will clean the blades back to near factory condition.
Also as an oven cleaner; Warm up the oven to 125 degrees, spray it on affected areas (in a spray bottle mixed with water) then sprinkle salt and baking soda for an extra kick on the stubborn areas. Once you allow the oven to cool, scrub it down. This is a great alternative to commercial oven cleaners.
Baking soda is my all time favorite. At about 50 cents a box it can eat odors in your fridge. You can sprinkle some in a smelly pair of shoes, and overnight absorb the odor causing bacteria. When mixed with vinegar and hot water it can clean a toilet, showers and tubs, unclog a sink, and really take stains out of counter tops. This is a great replacement for harmful and often nauseating bleach.
Lemon Juice can remove mildew and mold and will freshen up any surface with it’s pleasing scent.
Also works to clean and sanitize cutting boards, when mixed with salt, allowed to sit for ten minutes and then scrub down.