Chemical weapons rage against the hair in the drains, against the dust and dirt in most homes. Housewives just want to do their duty, but the environment swallows hundreds of thousands of tons of cleaning products every year. Health authorities say: the apartment is not a small operating room, disinfectants are unnecessary.
Environmentalists advise people to clean their homes: get rid of pipe and drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners and air fresheners, oven and grill cleaners, they are bad for your health. Back to nature: acid, soap and stone are all that clean needs.
ALWAYS USE CLEANING PRODUCTS SPARINGLY
Although more environmentally friendly substances have been available for a long time, most cleaning enthusiasts proceed on the principle that a double dose cleans better. But even natural cleaning products are aggressive. Soap corrodes with lye, vinegar cleaner irritates the airways with acids. Even for eco-helps, they must be used in small doses. It’s better to scrub a little harder and a little longer, it’s good for the environment and good for your wallet.
They contain soaps or surfactants, washing active substances, for example, coconut oil and starch, and are usually well degradable. Additional aids for difficult cases: citric, acetic or lactic acid. Universal cleaners are also available under the name “neutral cleaner” (skin-friendly, because less alkaline). It removes grease and oil, limescale from glass and ceramics, plastic and painted wood, enamel and stone. For hard water, use an acidic universal cleaner or add a little vinegar to the cleaning solution.
For four thousand five hundred years, people have used the accidental product of grease and ash. Today, it is mainly made from vegetable oils and potash. It is recommended to use it only for insensitive surfaces of raw wood, stone and plastic.
The soap solution does not only work in the dishwasher service. It also works gently in cleaning water for windows, mirrors and furniture. The citric acid it contains binds odors and at the same time prevents the formation of limescale.
It dissolves limescale stains, even urine scale in the toilet, and scares away bacteria. It is everywhere to be had and immediately ready for use: household vinegar, pure or two shot glasses for five liters of water. Concentrated vinegar essence should be diluted immediately with four times the amount of water.
The alternative to vinegar has a slightly milder effect. It is also commercially available as an “organic descaler”.
The quartz powders in it remove coarse dirt – so it is only suitable for insensitive surfaces.
This finely ground limestone or Vienna lime is available in pharmacies. Mixed with water or alcohol to make a paste, it is considered an alternative to scrubbing for delicate surfaces.
Methyl alcohol or ethyl alcohol is easily degradable, but flammable. It is an effective stain remover, and a splash of water in the cleaning water will make windows and tiles shine.
Concentrated bile soap plus is commercially available under this name. Bile soap removes and whitens stains. Caution: use only for upholstery, textiles and colorfast carpets.