In my quest to be healthier, I'm venturing into the area of home cleaning products.
Lately, I've become more sensitive to the scents and chemicals used in everyday cleansers.
For the past month I've been experimenting with using borax, baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice to clean my bathroom and kitchen. My goal was to narrow down the ingredients to 1 or 2 basic items that would do most of the work for me.
Here's my choice:
I already use borax in my homemade laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent so it was one of the first products I tried.
To clean my sinks, I simply wet a sponge, sprinkle a bit of the borax on it and scrub the sink. Then I rinse the sponge out and use it to rinse the sink. I dry and polish with an old dish towel. My sink comes out clean and shiny. I do the same with my shower and bathtub. As for cleaning the toilets, I simply sprinkle some borax into the toilet (@ 2 Tbl.), scrub with the brush, and let it sit for a few hours. I swish again with the brush and flush. *I would let it sit longer, but I can't wait any longer to go to the bathroom - I know, TMI!
The amazing thing I've discovered is that the rings I have in my toilets due to well water are slowly disappearing. I've tried every other chemical known to man to get rid of those rings. Believe me, every chemical! The rings aren't gone completely, but they're fading fast!
Borax works well because it's an alkali which cuts dirt, grease, and oil. You can also add vinegar, lemon juice (or scrub with a lemon, cut in half) to get rid of soap scum.
I'm really pleased with the results of my experiment. I'm able to breath easier too!