The Compatibility of Natural Cleaning Products

Posted by on February 4, 2013 in Green Ideas |

Cleaning with LemonsRecently, I’ve noticed that people are quite interested in green cleaning recipes and the whole do-it-yourself thing. Which, of course, is good. However, I’ve noticed one more thing – nobody actually pays attention to the way of mixing the products, which led me to write this post.

First of all, you have to keep in mind that you’re dealing with chemistry, no matter if it’s home-made with natural products. Therefore, you have to be careful what you mix and how to do it properly to avoid further problems. So, I’ve made some guidelines on the compatibility of different natural cleaning products to help you improve your home-made solutions causing less damages to the surfaces in your home.

  • Surface: steel, inox.

What to use? Lemon juice, lemon acid, baking soda.

What NOT to use? Vinegar.

Note: Rubbing vinegar to stainless steel surfaces releases nickel which may cause some troubles to those who are allergic to the metal.

  • Surface: quartz agglomerate (kitchen and bathroom surfaces).

What to use? Alcohol.

What NOT to use? Vinegar, lemon acid and any other product with acidic properties.

  • Surface: aluminium

What to use? Baking soda, alcohol.

What NOT to use? Vinegar, lemon acid.

Note: Don’t wash aluminium stuff in the dishwasher.

  • Surface: sanitary ware.

Keep Calm and Go GreenWhat to use? Vinegar, alcohol, baking soda.

What to use? Vinegar, baking soda, lemon acid, percarbonate.

Note: A paste of baking soda and mild dishwashing liquid will scrub away the built-up dirt.

  • Surface: galvanized iron (pipes, stakes, sheeting, and wire).

What to use? Alcohol, baking soda.

What NOT to use? Vinegar, lemon acid.

  • Surface: terracotta.

What to use? Alcohol, lemon acid.

  • Surface: tiles.

What NOT to use? A paste of baking soda and water on the grouts.

  • Surface: parquet.

What to use? A solution of water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid.

What NOT to use? Baking soda.

  • Surface: marble.

What to use? Baking soda.

What NOT to use? Vinegar, lemon acid.

  • Surface: copper.

What to use? Salt, vinegar, lemon acid.

What NOT to use? Baking soda.

  • Surface: glass and mirrors, including mirrored glass and smoked glass.

What to use? Vinegar, alcohol.

What NOT to use? Baking soda.

I’m sure many of you didn’t know even the half of this, that’s why I hope I’ve been helpful to all of you. And remember, you still play chemistry, no matter the fact that you use natural products. So, you have to be careful if you want your homemade products to be as effective as you expect them to be. Otherwise, even a professional cleaner won’t be able to reverse the damages done to the surfaces in your home.homemade-cleaning-products

My name is Roxana Hasselhof and thank you for passing by. I’ve just graduated the London School of Economics and Political Science as a major in Accounting and Finance. About me, I can say that I’m a little obsessed by saving money, very obsessed by organizing and a maniac when it comes to environment. I think that people should start caring about the Nature more thus I think that I can help you start living a greener life. And, of course, living green saves money ;) So, I hope you find your time spent on this blog interesting enough to return again.

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