I have a confession to make. I’m not a big fan of housecleaning…or doing the laundry. I always have so many other fun things I could be doing, like playing with my daughter, being outside in the garden, going for a ride on my horses, working on my businesses (which I love to do), or maybe cooking up some new recipe. However, despite my reluctance to spend the time cleaning, I really do love a clean house. Who doesn’t, right? Our homes are our sanctuaries (or at least they should be). In my previous post, I talked about the whole definition of “homestead” is making your home the safe, healthy environment you want it to be for you and your family. So, I would be remiss if I don’t take a moment to share with you some of the things I do to keep my home clean, fresh, and deodorized….all without using any chemicals. Here are a few of my top choices:
Invest in a Quality Vacuum:
For years I ‘made do’ with a cheap box store vacuum and thought I was doing ok. Luckily, my house design doesn’t have any carpets throughout the house, opting for hardwood or porcelain tile instead, making it a bit easier to get all that dust, dirt and grime off the floors. Recently, however, we made the switch to a better vacuum and boy what a difference! I didn’t realize this until researching vacuums but did you know that most bagged vacuums are actually distributing dust in the air? Unless you have a brand new bag and the micro-units of the filter are really, really fine, the blowing of the machine is just reintroducing all that super-fine dust back into your environment. After a bout with bronchitis last year, I did NOT want to put that kind of extra strain on my lungs. I can tell you from my experience, it’s worth the investment in a good quality vacuum, especially one that doesn’t use a bag…and better yet uses water to capture those minute particles of grime.
Yes, I’m a bit of a steam freak. I love steaming my floors with a good steam mop. Steam is over 212 degrees and is hot enough to destroy some of that bad bacteria that might be lurking around. Using steam is completely non-toxic because you are just using water. Steam is a great option for some of those hard to clean surfaces like couches, curtains, and pet beds. You can steam just about anything, but use caution on hardwood floors. I was warned by a friend of mine who is a professional cleaner that steamers can warp floors over time if used incorrectly.
Vinegar is highly acidic so makes a great cleaner for lifting stains, freshening stinky areas, cleaning glass, and is especially great when cleaning out the refrigerator. I love it’s deodorizing qualities, but my hubby doesn’t much care for the smell. Vinegar was my go-to cleaner for years until I came across Anolyte (which I’ll discuss shortly). If you decide to clean with vinegar, use caution when applying to granite, marble, stone, or hardwood. I learned the hard way that the acid can cause some damage. So, now I pretty much just use vinegar on my spring cleaning of the windows because it works so well on glass!
Anolyte (by Nature Unleashed):
If you really want to go chemical free but still have an amazingly effective natural cleaner, then you seriously need to check out Anolyte. I was so excited when I first was introduced to this amazing product. Made from hypochlorous acid, Anolyte is EPA and FDA approved and is 100 times more effective than bleach yet completely non-toxic. It is antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial. It is amazing on fighting fungus and mold. As a result, I use it on pretty much everything. From all around house cleaner, disinfectant, and deodorizer it is unparalleled. Great for cleaning fresh fruits and vegetables, treating the garden, sanitizing the dairy barn, treating wounds, and preventing illness too. Feel free to check out the video attached to this post to learn more about the science behind how Anolyte is so effective. To try it for yourself, click here. I have to admit, Anolyte has made my job cleaning so much easier because it’s effective, economical, and gives me complete peace of mind. I don’t have to worry about using a cleaner that may harm my kids, my pets, the environment, or myself. I keep a spray bottle in almost every room for convenience, and a small spray bottle in my purse for quick and easy disinfecting while out and about. Everything from the toilet brush to the tooth brush can be safely cleaned with this amazing stuff. From kitchen to barn it’s my go-to cleaner. Have you tried it yet? I’d love to hear your testimonials!