Your Home – Cheap Cleaning Ideas
Our supermarket shelves are filled with household cleaners that are expensive. Some of them also contain very strong chemicals which can pollute the environment and pose a health risk to you and your family.
When using household cleaners it is important to read the label and follow the instructions for use. If these chemicals are used on surfaces they were not meant for, they can cause damage to these surfaces that you many not be able to repair.
If you are renting a home this could mean that you may have to pay to have the surface repaired, which may come out of your bond. There are safe, simple, and value-for-money alternatives.
Here is a list of inexpensive alternatives for safe home cleaning that are easily available at all supermarkets:
- Bicarbonate of soda (also known as sodium bicarbonate or baking soda).
- White Vinegar
- Soap or soap flakes
- Lemon Juice
How Can I Use These Items
Bicarbonate of soda (or baking soda) – This can be used to clean, deodorise, soften water and as an abrasive (or scrub).
White Vinegar – This can be used to cut grease, remove mildew, control odours, remove some stains.
Soap or Soap flakes – Unscented soap in liquid form, flakes, powders or bars is environmentally friend, and biodegradable and will clean almost anything. Soaps that contain petroleum products should not be used for cleaning.
Lemon Juice – This is a food acid, and it is an effective household and antibacterial cleaner.
Chemical Safety and Poisoning
It is important to keep cleaning products and chemicals in areas away from children, to keep your family safe. For more information about safe storage of chemicals and what to do if poisoning occurs, you can find more at Kidsafe.
This information has come from the Kidsafe SA Information Sheet – Prevention of Childhood Poisoning – www.kidsafesa.com.au