Using simpler formulas to clean home appliances is becoming a new trend in order to avoid harsh chemical products on the market.
Yes, you’ll save your and and environment as well!
When buying commercial cleaning products, we expect them to do one thing: to clean spotlessly !
In our homes we all use a variety of scents, soaps, detergents, various bleaching agents, scourers, softeners, polishes, as well as specialized cleaners for glass, bathrooms, drains, and ovens – and all of that to keep our homes sparkling.
Many of these products are poisonous if ingested, and can be harmful if inhaled or even touched.
In fact, some cleaners are among the most toxic products found in the home!
Cleaning ingredients vary in the type of health hazard they pose.
Some may cause acute, or immediate hazards such as skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns, while others are associated with chronic, or long-term, effects such as cancer.
Corrosive chemicals can cause severe eye and skin burns, and if ingested they may cause throat and esophagus burns.
Ingredients with high acute toxicity include chlorine bleach and ammonia, which produce fumes that are highly irritating to eyes, nose, throat and lungs, should not be used by people with asthma, lung or heart problems.
Some chemicals should not be mixed AT ALL!
That’s why, we all need to switch to use natural cleaners, and clean home appliances without posing our health to any hazardous chemicals.
After bubbly cleaning liquids disappear down our drains, they are treated along with sewage and other waste water at municipal treatment plants, then discharged into nearby waterways.
Most ingredients in chemical cleaners break down into harmless substances during treatment or soon afterward.
Others, however, are not threatening water quality or fish and other wildlife.
What To Look For
A few safe, simple ingredients like soap, water, baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice and borax, aided by a little elbow grease and a coarse sponge for scrubbing, can take care of most household cleaning needs.
And they can save you lots of money wasted on unnecessary, specialized cleaners!
For that reason, we’ve provided recipes for do-it-yourself cleaners.
How To Clean Home Appliances Using Simple Home Ingredients
These are quite easy and ya’ll have them in your home already.
How To Clean A Dishwasher
You should clean your dishwasher every 3-6 months, depending on how often you’re using it.
Once you notice the dishes aren’t coming out as sparkly as usual – it’s time for an action!
When your dishwasher isn’t in use for a while, and if you want to avoid the bad smell, remember to leave the door cracked open.
- Clean the filter
- Remove it from the dishwasher and soak it in the sink for 1 h in hot, soapy water, and then scrub it clean with a nylon bristle brush
- Then, rinse it and put it back in
- Sprinkle one cup of baking soda on the base of your empty dishwasher
- Close the door and leave it overnight
- The next morning, fill a cup with white vinegar and put it upright on the top rack of the dishwasher
- Then set your dishwasher to a hot cycle and run it
This will allow the baking soda to scrub away odor-causing food particles as the vinegar helps to neutralize smells and break down hard water and mineral deposits.
Once done, wipe everything down with a clean cloth.
How To Clean An Oven
If your food starts to taste odd when it comes out of the oven, or you start see smoke buildup, it’s definitely time for a deep clean.
Today, many modern ovens have self-clean features, so it’s always best to read your manual and follow the rules when cleaning the oven glass as well.
In case you don’t have a self-cleaning oven, here’s a super-effective way to do it:
- Mix up a batch of your own oven cleaner instead of using the store-bought stuff that contains lye, which can be very harmful to skin
- Combine 1 cup baking soda, ¼ cup dish soap, ½ cup vinegar, and 15-20 drops of sweet orange essential oil making a heavy paste
- Apply it all over the inside of the oven and leave for several hours or overnight
- Wipe up with water
- Racks should be cleaned separately, and the easiest way to do so is in the bathtub. Start by laying some old towels along the bottom of your tub to protect the surface from getting scratched.
- Place the racks on top of the towels, plug the drain, and start filling the tub with the hottest water possible. Let the tub fill until the water completely covers the racks.
- Take a cup of powdered laundry detergent and dissolve it in hot water in a mason jar, then add that mixture to the tub
- Now let the detergent do its thing for the next 6 to 10 hours
- Finally, drain the tub and give the racks a quick wipe and dry before putting them back in the oven
How To Clean A Washing Machine
Consider cleaning your washing machine once a month if you are a heavy user, and a couple times a year otherwise.
Cleaning your machine regularly will make it last longer and eliminate moldy smells caused by stale soap and fabric softener buildup.
It also means you’ll get a better quality wash!
To help maintain your machine, always leave the door open when you are done with your washing.
This lets the remaining moisture evaporate and protects against mold and mildew growth.
- Always use the correct amount of detergent. Too much detergent will cling to the walls of your machine and lead to odors and dull clothes.
- These detergents are designed to be used in small quantities
- Begin with an empty washing machine and add in about two cups of baking soda directly into the machine. This is going to gently scrub the inside and combat those stale, moldy odors that are left behind from old soap and fabric softener deposits.
- Run a large, long, hot water cycle and leave it be
- Next, add in 2 cups of plain white vinegar and 10 drops of essential oil like tea tree or lavender, which help with mildew and mineral deposits, and will also act as a mild disinfectant.
- Run another cycle through and set it to the longest, hottest, largest load setting you can. The vinegar will help break down any deposits and further remove moldy smells.
- Once both cycles are complete, you can quickly wipe down the drum and agitator using a cotton cloth and vinegar.
- If you have any stains, try rubbing them with a paste of baking soda and water and a non-scratching sponge. That should remove just about everything.
- On front-load washers, that rubber seal that runs along the edges of the machine clings on to all kinds of gross stuff.
- Dip a cotton cloth into plain white vinegar and 10 drops of tea tree oil or lavender oil, and give yours a good wipe down.
- Next, tackle the exterior parts of the machine including your detergent dispensers, all cracks and crevices, and the door frame.
- Clean the inside and outside of the door with a cotton cloth and vinegar and water.
- Scrub grimy areas where necessary with a cleaning toothbrush (and baking soda, if needed) and wipe everything clean with a cotton cloth.
- If possible, you can soak your dispensing trays and then wipe clean
How To Clean A Fridge
You should be doing a weekly clean-out of your fridge to use up leftover food, and give it a deeper clean about once a month, and that means removing anything expired or unused food.
Don’t forget to get in the veggie and deli drawers, too!
Your fridge can become a breeding ground for mold, mildew and bacteria if leaks and spills to old food if it was left unattended for too long.
- Finish by giving any exposed areas a wipe down with an all-purpose cleaner
- Once every three months, it’s time for a more thorough clean
- Pull out everything from the fridge, including shelves and drawers
- Give the interior a through spray or nontoxic cleaner. Give it some time to sit, then wipe and dry.
- Hand wash all the shelves and drawers in the sink with soap and warm water
- Dry well and replace
- Put everything back in the fridge, giving each item a quick wipe as it goes back in
How To Clean Blenders
Blenders should be cleaned immediately after each use and the simplest, most effective way to do so is by filling yours about halfway with hot water and a few drops of dish soap, putting the lid on, and running the blender for about 10 seconds.
Then rinse, wipe down and let dry.
If you have food stuck in the blender, add about ¼, cup of rice to the water before you run the machine, as this will help to agitate the walls of the blender and loosen the stuck food.
How To Clean A Coffee Maker
If your coffee isn’t tasting so fresh, you know that it’s time for a deep cleaning!
The best way is to clean it every 3-6 months.
How to do it?
- Fill the water tank halfway with white vinegar and the rest of the way with water
- Run the machine to brew the largest pot or cup of coffee
- Do this as many times as needed to empty the tank
- Then refill the tank with clean water and run through again until empty
- Remove any parts that can be washed by hand and do so with warm, soapy water
- Dry and put back into the machine
As water is pretty much always sitting in the machine, it is important to keep it clean and to avoid any mold or mildew that could be growing.
As you can see, it isn’t so difficult to clean home appliances, you just need to pay more attention and use natural products as much as possible.
www.doh.wa.gov(Washington State Department Of Health)
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