Lemons: First juice the lemons for lemonade (why not get a refreshing drink out of the lemons, too?) then use the leftover halves for cleaning! Lemon juice is about 5 to 6 percent citric acid and has a pH level of between 2 and 3. This low pH acidity makes lemon juice a great ally in breaking down rust and mineral stains, but gentle enough to not dull finishes. There is generally sufficient juice left in used lemon halves to tackle small tasks, and it all comes with its own applicator (the rind itself). Plus, the oil in the peel is perfect for many cleaning applications.
White Vinegar: Vinegar can disinfect, deodorize, and de-gunkify just about everything from shower curtains to sofa cushions, not to mention it’s cheap, versatile, and doesn’t irritate most allergies. Vinegar’s magic ingredient is acetic acid, which comprises about 5 percent of the finished product and acts as a disinfectant and an odor neutralizer. Vinegar has been produced commercially for about 2,500 years, making it one of the oldest products in use by humans. There are many different types of vinegar out there, but white vinegar is the most useful and the most versatile by far.
Baking soda: Baking soda, aka sodium bicarbonate, helps regulate pH—keeping a substance neither too acidic nor too alkaline. When baking soda comes in contact with either an acidic or an alkaline substance, its natural effect is to neutralize that pH. Beyond that, baking soda has the ability to retard further changes in the pH balance, known as buffering. This dual capability of neutralizing and buffering allows baking soda to do things such as neutralize acidic odors (like in the refrigerator) as well as maintain neutral pH (like in your laundry water, which helps boost your detergent’s power). It’s a simple reaction, but one that has far-reaching effects for a number of cleaning and deodorizing tasks.
Salt: There are a number of forms of salt produced for consumption (and by default, housekeeping!): unrefined salt (such as sea salt), refined salt (table salt), and iodized salt. Kosher salt is sodium chloride processed to have flat crystals.
Join the dynomaids commitment to keeping our homes and environment safe by saying goodbye to the toxic fumes and residues left behind by harsh cleaning products with these eco friendly tips. There are many inexpensive, environmentally friendly, family and pet safe products that we already keep in our homes that also make amazing cleaning products. Some even grow in our own back yards! Lemons, white vinegar, baking soda, toothpaste and Ivory soap are among these items.