Everyone needs to clean the house. We have been convinced that we need a chemical product for every piece of it: a stove, a floor, a wall grout, a furniture, a vase, etc. One of the problems with these numerous products is the chemistry with which they are made. Most use synthetic detergents, derived from petroleum, which end up not being biodegradable and creating problems when they go down the drain to rivers and seas. In addition, we end up buying a lot of packaging “in need” of many different products. More packaging = more waste.
To solve this, let’s simplify: you only need three things to clean the house: coconut bar soap, baking soda and vinegar.
Less packaging (including baking soda can be purchased in bulk in many places) and less harmful chemicals for the environment and for you, who have allergies and don’t know where they come from. In addition to spending much less money on cleaning products.
CLEANING THE KITCHEN
- To wash the dishes, use a vegetable loofah or a brush with vegetable bristles (which is more difficult to find here in Brazil) instead of conventional sponges (they are plastic and are not recyclable).
- In place of detergents, choose a reliable coconut soap bar. Look at the ingredients: there must be coconut oil and there must be several names that you don’t know what they mean.
- To clean the stove, sprinkle baking soda and then sprinkle with vinegar. They will react and help to remove the stuck dirt. Wait for about 5 minutes and wipe with a damp cloth.
- You can make your own laundry detergent. Just grate and then beat in a blender (or food processor) until it becomes a powder, 1 bar of coconut soap. Then mix with the same measure (if the bar is 100g, it will be 100g) of baking soda. Use about the same amount of normal soap in the washing machine. There are some other recipes with other things that make the mixture more potent, but I haven’t tested it yet.
- In place of the fabric softener, use the same measure of alcohol vinegar. If you want to make your clothes smell, you can add drops of essential oil along with the vinegar. Lavender oil is great.
- To clean things in general *, use alcohol vinegar. If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, you can make this recipe with lemon peels. You can leave other things like rosemary and lavender submerged in vinegar to smell.
- Small reminder: clean with alcohol vinegar, smells, combats mold, but if you’re looking for something to sterilize and kill bacteria and everything, it won’t do. Use 70 alcohol instead.)
- To clean the floor, use vinegar diluted with water. You can also put about 5 drops of essential oil to smell. I used lemon grass and I recommend rosemary and lavender too.
CLEANING THE BATHROOM
- To clean the vase, pour bicarbonate into the vase so that it is “stuck” to the walls. Then pour vinegar for them to react. Clean inside with the brush.
- To clean inside the box, where a lot of things are usually stuck together, give several sprays of vinegar all over the walls. Then, put baking soda on a sponge or brush and rub well. They will react, it will loosen dirt easier.
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