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Allergies affect up to 40 percent of American children and contribute to around two million lost school days every year. While there’s not much parents can do to limit exposure to allergens outside the home, keeping harmful household chemicals to a minimum can help reduce further exposure to illness-causing pollutants. Here are some natural remedies and tricks you can use to keep your home clean and fresh.

Make Your Own Household Cleaning Products

Most natural cleaning remedies include the following ingredients:

  • Lemons
  • Baking soda
  • Washing soda
  • White vinegar
  • Borax
  • Liquid castile soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Salt
  • Cornstarch
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Isopropyl alcohol

These few basic ingredients, most of which you buy with your monthly household shopping anyway, can be combined in a staggering number of ways to clean just about anything in your home.

For instance, mixing two cups of borax, one cup of baking soda, and 10 drops of your favorite essential oil makes the perfect carpet freshener. Sprinkle onto the carpet and leave for about an hour and then vacuum. It has the added benefit of killing fleas and their eggs and acting as a rodent deterrent.

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Replace or Clean Your HVAC Filter

An alarming fact is that toxic household dust contains a host of chemicals and pollutants that are linked to cancer, infertility, and developmental problems in babies. Household dust consists of only not skin, dust mites, and pet dander, but also chemicals from floors, electrical goods, and beauty and cleaning products that find their way into the air.

A lot of this toxic dust circulates through your home’s HVAC system. While the system’s filter helps trap dust, after a while, these filters become too dirty to effectively do their job. To avoid the system clogging up and blowing out dust-filled air, make sure you regularly change the filter or wash a reusable one. This will maintain healthy air quality through the home, extend the life of HVAC system, and keep electricity costs down.

Shine Furniture and Floors Naturally

Beeswax makes a wonderful all-natural way to shine up furniture. So does olive oil and it’s a great way to condition wood. If you like that freshly polished aroma wafting through the house, try combining three-quarter cups of olive oil, a quarter-cup of white vinegar, and 30 drops of lemon, orange, or lavender essential oil. For wood floors, pine oil cleans and conditions wood floors beautifully, plus it smells great. 

Use Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

The wonders of microfiber cannot be praised enough; in fact, some call it the most significant cleaning innovation of the century. They are, as the name suggests, ultra-fine pieces of synthetic fiber bundled together.Dirt clings to them very effectively and these magical cloths are now used to clean the home and the car. Some floor mops are now made from microfiber.  

Once you dump all the toxic cleaning products and switch to natural ways to clean your home, not only is it safer for your family but also so much cheaper than expensive and harmful chemical cleaners.

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    Laura
    May 23, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    I try to keep our home clean with only natural products. I use a lot of vinegar and essential oils. It’s good to know that the products that I make are safe and don’t have any harmful chemicals.

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    Kristin C
    May 23, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Thanks for these tips – I’m ready for some spring cleaning!

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    Cynthia R
    May 22, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    I’ve been thinking of getting some borax. We heard if you mix it with sugar water it repeals ants as well.

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      Jaime
      May 23, 2017 at 7:47 am

      Ooo that’s a great idea. Will have to try that.

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    Laurajj
    May 20, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Oh I love all these ideas! So much healthier than the products you buy at the store. I have to try some of these!!!

    • Reply
      Jaime
      May 23, 2017 at 7:47 am

      I agree.

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    Sara Zielinski
    May 20, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    These are great ways to keep your home fresh.

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    Maryann D.
    May 20, 2017 at 8:04 am

    I love using only natural products in my home. My family and I have a lot of allergies and I cannot take chemical smells. I have been using Microfiber Cleaning Cloths also.

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      Jaime
      May 23, 2017 at 7:48 am

      Yes those cloths are amazing.

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    Lauryn R
    May 19, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    These are great ways to clean your home the healthy way, thanks for sharing! I am a big fan of baking soda and lemons in my home! 🙂

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      Jaime
      May 23, 2017 at 7:48 am

      Your welcome. I love the smell of lemons.

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    Janet W.
    May 19, 2017 at 8:42 am

    These are great ideas! I use lemons for a lot of things around the house and keeping things in the kitchen fresh.

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