People are in the habit of using many different chemicals for household cleaning. We started using these chemicals long ago before the dangers and side effects were well known. Now we realize that many of these substances are harmful to the environment, or cause allergies, or perhaps contribute to other various health problems in our lives. Safe alternatives to these harmful chemicals is always welcome.
- Corn starch (cornflour) can be used to removes stains from fabrics such as carpets, rugs and some types or curtains.
- Corn starch can also be used to polish windows and some furniture.
- Dolly blue (washing blue) has been used for generations to keep white fabrics looking white when laundered. A biodegradable product, it is also useful for cleaning tiles and sinks.
- Microfiber cloths are very effective cleaners for almost any hard surface. Their fibres are so fine that they remove almost all bacteria, grease and grime. A new microfiber cloth is the best option for cars and other highly polished surfaces.
- Lemon juice will whiten many stains.
- Hydrogen peroxide can be purchased in dilute forms. Even in this dilute concentration it effectively cleans many fabrics and hard surfaces like tiles. It is so safe than some people even whiten their teeth with peroxide, though we recommend keeping it away from your eyes. Strong hydrogen peroxide is harmful to skin.
- Baking soda will soak up many stains in carpets or other fabrics. Leave overnight on the stain, then vacuum.
- Baking soda and vinegar is very effective for cleaning fridges and other whitegoods. It will froth and bubble when first mixed.
- De-solve-it is a citrus based cleaner that is excellent for removing sticky marks. It is quite safe and environmentally friendly. Find it at hardware stores.
Our habits effect not only us but also others in the community. With Strat cleaning we prefer natural products lest one persons’ cleaning solutions interfere with a neighbour’s health.