10 Hacks For Cleaning Your Home Without Toxic Chemicals

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Kitchen exhaust hood filters

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup regular baking soda
  • 1/2 glass ammonia

How to use it:

Boil water in a big pot.

Slowly pour out soda into water using a teaspoon.

Put filters into boiling water. Grease and dirt will immediately start dissolving. Remove the pot from fire in a couple of minutes. If filters are extremely dirty, repeat the process with a fresh supply of water.

If grease didn’t clean off completely, put the filters in hot water with ammonia (1/2 glass of ammonia for 118 fl oz (3.5 l) of water). It’s necessary to open windows and put on a filter mask to protect yourself from the strong smell of ammonia.

A mattress

You will need:

  • 8 fl oz (235 ml) 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • A drop of liquid soap

How to use it:

Make the mixture right before you are going to clean a mattress as it’s more effective this way.

Mix baking soda and peroxide in a spray bottle. When baking soda dissolves, drip liquid soap in there. Shake the bottle and spray а dirty spot.

Leave it for 5-10 minutes. If you want it to dry faster, turn on a fan and point it to the spot.

Clean off the remnants of baking soda with a vacuum cleaner.

The oven

You will need:

  • Ammonia

How to use it:

Put some ammonia into a small bowl and leave it in a turned off oven for a night. Give your kitchen a good airing in the morning and wash the oven; grease will peel off easily. There should be no odor left. The only downside to this method is the smell, so please don’t forget to work with gloves and with the windows open.

The kettle

You will need:

  • Vinegar

How to use it:

To get rid of kettle furring, fill the kettle up to half or three quarters level with equal parts of water and vinegar. Cork the kettle nose (for example, you can make a «cork» out of paper) and boil water for as long as you need for furring to come off. Then wash the kettle well.

Dishes

You will need:

  • Dry mustard
  • Baking soda

How to use it:

The best possible safe dish-washing mixture is baking soda and dry mustard in the ration of 1 to 3. Mix both powders and put them into a bottle with holes in the lid. It’s easy to use.

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