Do You like making cleaning products from natural green ingredients?
Well, in the ideal combinations, vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and castile soap can leave your house shining, while eliminating the commercial cleaning agents that are toxic to both you and the environment.
Unfortunately, you can mix cleaner recipes only to get a result that is almost useless. Some combination neutralizes one another, thereby killing their effectiveness in eliminating and cleaning dirt, while other combinations can react dangerously and can damage your home surfaces or lungs.
We’ve compiled three all-natural ingredients that you should never use as a one DIY cleaning recipe.
1. Hydrogen Peroxide and Vinegar
When the above two are mixed, they form Peracetic acid which is corrosive. Although very useful when used independently, don’t be tempted to blend the two.
This solution can damage your body and household surfaces as well. The Peracetic acid formed can irritate your eyes, skin, and respiratory system. It can also be corrosive to your household surfaces.
You can use the two while cleaning but always use them separately. You should also not use the same cloth to clean surfaces cleaned with the two ingredients. However, you can apply one at a time especially in the bathroom; it forms a great disinfectant.
2. Baking Soda And Vinegar
They may produce bubbles when combined, but the bubbles will not do any good to your cleaning. When combined, baking soda and vinegar results in water and sodium acetate.
The reaction occurs because vinegar is acidic while baking soda is basic. This combination is ineffective in cleaning home surfaces and appliances. Don’t mix the two and expect a powerful solution.
In order to use them effectively, use vinegar to clean glass and to neutralize odor. Vinegar makes the glass surfaces sparkle. Use baking soda as a cleaning agent to scour sinks, ovens, and bathrooms. An interesting vinegar / baking soda experiment here.
3. Castile soap and vinegar
Vinegar and castile soap, when combined, produces gunk which makes your home dirtier. However, when used independently, they have many uses.
What makes the two react is the fact that vinegar is acidic while castile soap is basic. Vinegar makes castile soap break down, turning it to a mixture that resembles white, curdled gunk. The resultant mixture is basically oil.
You may think that you’re giving your home surfaces and dishes a great clean only to find that you’re spreading ineffective gunk on them. Don’t waste castile soap; it’s quite expensive.
Don’t combine castile soap with acidic ingredients like vinegar and lemon juice. Instead, use castile soap to clean first and rinse the surfaces using vinegar in your dishwasher, or washing machine.
If you are using green ingredients to clean it is helpful to know these ineffective or dangerous combinations so that your house really is clean and you do not harm yourself or any household surfaces in the process.
Hopefully this information is helpful in making your house chemical free!