While it may seem like an easy option to use shop-bought chemicals to clean your home, these products often contain harmful chemicals that are bad for your skin as well as the environment. There are a number of very simple ways of cleaning most things in your home in an ecological fashion, so without further ado, here are some tips for removing stains without using dangerous chemicals.
If your old carpet is looking worse for wear and you don’t want to use cleaners that contain harsh chemicals, there is a very simple, natural way to get your carpet looking clean. Begin by vacuuming your carpet, using a brush to remove any dirt that’s caught in the carpet. Make a carpet powder using one part cornmeal with two parts baking soda and sprinkle the mixture all over the carpet. Leave to settle for an hour and vacuum, which should leave you with an odourless, cleaner carpet.
For tough stains you should use a mixture of lemon juice, vinegar and water. Apply this liquid to the stain and let it sit for 15 minutes, using a cloth to mop it up after. Always test this liquid on a hidden part of carpet first to make sure the solution won’t damage the colour.
Alternatively use a steam cleaner on hard to remove stains – another nontoxic cleaning solution.
Removing tough rust stains
Aluminium foil is a great way to get rid of rust without having to use toxic chemicals. Simply roll the foil into a ball and scrub the rust away easily.
Lemon or vinegar are also incredibly effective at getting rid of rust. Simply soak your rusted items in white vinegar or lemon juice overnight. The next day simply wipe off the rust with a towel or rag, as the vinegar or lemon juice will have broken the rust down.
Cleaning the toilet
Tough toilet stains don’t need bleach in order to be removed. For tough stains around the bowl, make a mixture of baking soda and liquid soap and put it in a clean bottle. This solution can then be squirted around the bowl and left to sit for five minutes. Follow up by squirting some vinegar around the bowl, as this will react with the baking soda and remove any stains. Simply flush your toilet and watch the dirt wash away.
If the lower part of the bowl where the water sits has significant stains, pour a bottle of coca cola down it and leave to sit overnight. Flush away and brush the tube until completely clean.
Removing sweat stains
Yellow sweat stains on white clothing are notoriously difficult to remove. There are many colour-removing products out there, but they mainly contain harmful chemicals. The most effective nontoxic method of removing sweat stains is to mix four tablespoons of baking soda and a bit of water and apply it to the stain. Leave the mixture to sit for an hour and put the garment in the wash. Repeat this process for difficult stains that don’t go in the first wash.