I Decided to Give up Household Chemicals for a Week in Order to Understand Whether it is Possible to Live Without it at All

Healthy eating, garbage sorting, conscious consumption cease to be bewildering and become part of the life of an increasing number of people. What about cleaning? Polishing, carpet cleaners, bleaches badly affect health, and sometimes cause serious consequences. At the same time, living in a dirty apartment is not very pleasant and no less dangerous.

Especially for Happy Worthy Life for a week I refused household cleaning products, replacing it with folk remedies.

Almost all the ingredients for home cleaning products I found in the nearest grocery

Almost all the ingredients for home cleaning products I found in the nearest grocery

The most popular components of homemade products are soda and vinegar. Alkali with acid in tandem and individually can cope with pollution with a bang. In principle, all the ingredients could be replaced with all the ingredients, but I decided to show different variations, so I also bought lemons and the same acid, salt, hydrogen peroxide and mustard powder.

I spent 219 rubles on everything. At the beginning of the experiment, I was skeptical of folk remedies, especially soda. It would seem, how can it wash greasy dishes that have been burned after culinary delights? And she did it 100%!

1. Wash and bleach

1. Wash and bleach

For washing, I made a powder by mixing 5 tbsp. l soda with 1 tsp. hydrogen peroxide. The procedure took less than 5 minutes, the consistency product resembled wet sand. Pour homemade powder and start the machine in the desired mode.

To keep things bright (and even to return them to their former color), I tried to soak clothes in saline. To do this, for every liter of water you had to take 1 tsp. salt, soak the thing for an hour, and then wash as usual.

Lemon whitens everything from freckles to clothing. As part of the experiment, I tried to remove old spots from a white sweatshirt, and to fix the effect, I also added table salt to the stain. To make the composition work, I left the hoodie for 2 hours.

  • Soda with hydrogen peroxide is a worthy alternative to powder from the store, the result was the same. But the salt did not return the color to the T-shirt. Perhaps this method is good for recently purchased items and regular use. The stain on the sweatshirt became less noticeable, but it didn’t completely go away – this recommendation also works only for fresh stains.

2. Washing the dishes

2. Washing the dishes

I have heard about the use of soda for washing dishes from friends and relatives. The experiment showed what its advantage is: soda launders kitchen utensils much faster and also better.

Wash the pan after cooking – that’s another quest. Without household chemicals, this turned out to be both easier and more difficult at the same time. I used mustard powder: I put 2 tbsp in a pan l product and poured water, leaving in this form for 2 hours.

I rarely use the oven, and my stove is almost new, so I cleaned it for preventive purposes: at the time of cleaning, I warmed up pizza and yesterday’s casserole. For cleaning, I diluted soda with water.

  • After washing with soda, plates and other dishes literally creaked from cleanliness. The scorched remains of the dish easily moved away from the walls of the pan, but it took too long to wait. In addition, mustard powder spreads a specific pungent odor in the kitchen. Seeing the result, my mother in shock said that she would learn from the youth about the household. The walls of the oven after exposure to soda also became clearly cleaner.

3. Plumbing disinfection

3. Plumbing disinfection

Vinegar and a regular plastic bag helped me clean my shower head. You need to pour about 200 ml of vinegar into it, dip the watering can, fix it with an elastic band and leave it in this position for at least an hour.

The toilet can be cleaned with various folk remedies: simple soda, soda combined with vinegar, etc. I chose citric acid: I had to pour it into the toilet, spread it with a brush over the surface and leave it for several hours (or even overnight).

To clean the bath, I mixed half a glass of soda with the same amount of water, adding 50 grams of vinegar. This mixture is especially important to prepare with gloves and a deep bowl: soda reacts with vinegar, releasing copious foam. The product is applied to the bath or sink, leave for several minutes or hours – depending on the degree of contamination.

I cleaned the tiles in the bathroom in 2 stages: first I applied lemon juice and left it for 30 minutes (you can keep it longer), and then I cleaned the walls with soda.

  • Cleaning with vinegar exceeded my expectations: the shower became cleaner both outside and inside – with the usual means I could not achieve this. I do cleaning often, so I did not have the opportunity to assess how citric acid copes with complex contaminations of the toilet. It has become clean, but there is a big minus, especially if you live more than one: a long wait.
  • Soda with vinegar and water made the bathtub snow-white, but the plaque that appeared from time to time did not completely disappear. The stains and smudges from the tiles disappeared, and the walls of the bathroom acquired a pleasant shine.

4. Cleaning floors and carpets

4. Cleaning floors and carpets

Carpet is often recommended to be cleaned with tea leaves: wet teas should be scattered on the carpet and left for 20 minutes, periodically sprayed with water. Tea leaves are an adsorbent, therefore they perfectly absorb dust and dirt. After the carpet is left to vacuum or sweep. Since tea leaves can clog the vacuum cleaner, I opted for a broom, also wetting it a bit.

  • The old carpet has acquired a more recent look. True, in order to clean it, I had to collect tea leaves for several days. This method is only suitable for dark or bright carpets; light tea leaves may stain. I washed linoleum with a soap solution, but did not notice a significant difference compared to ordinary washing with clean water.

Conclusion: the pros and cons of cleaning without household chemicals

The experiment came to an end, the apartment was put in order, and you can summarize. I managed to maintain cleanliness in the house as high quality as with the use of household chemicals. It was a rewarding experience, and if I suddenly run out of cleaning agent, I know how to replace it.

However, I would not use constantly only soda and vinegar: in the future it will come out much more expensive. If a week I spent 219 rubles on cleaning products, then the amount per month will increase by 4 times. While household chemicals will cost less, because one bottle of a chemical product is enough for several months. As an option, use separate products (for example, baking soda).

Another disadvantage is that home remedies often do not work immediately, but after a few hours. That is, cleaning has to be planned in advance. But if you suffer from allergies, then cleaning the apartment without chemicals is a great option.

And what means do you use – chemical or home? Why?

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