What Natural Ingredients Can I Use To Clean Tiles?
While the majority of us don’t exactly look forward to cleaning our kitchens or bathrooms, its a necessary evil of owning or renting a home. If you’re particularly environment conscious then using so many chemicals may not be the ideal way you want to clean your home. Recycling some plastics used with cleaning products can be difficult and the smell can often times be less than desirable. So, are there any ways or cleaning your home using more natural based ingredients?
Actually, yes! There are a number of ways of cleaning the tiles in your home with things you can pick up in the supermarket or using things you may already have in your cupboard. This could save you money long-term as well as helping to reduce your carbon footprint even further. So, lets look at some of the ways you can avoid harsh chemicals when cleaning.
- Lemons or Oranges
- Bicarbonate of soda
- Distilled vinegar
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Natural liquid soap
- Table salt
- Tea tree or Lavender for scent
How To Use
With these ingredients there are a few different ways you mix them to keep your tiles looking fresh and most importantly, clean.
- Mix bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice until the consistency of a paste. Apply this to an old, soft toothbrush or one you’ve bought especially for cleaning. Use this to get in to those grout lines to rid them of any grime or mould that may have built up.
- Mix 500ml of water, 250ml of Hydrogen Peroxide and 100ml lemon juice. Pour this mixture into a reusable spray bottle and you’ve got yourself your own surface cleaner. The best part of this is that you don’t have to throw away the plastic bottle every time, simple mix up another batch and pour it back in to the same plastic bottle.
- Use half water and half distilled vinegar to bring shine back to your tiles. Apply this using old sheets of newspaper so to avoid permeating cleaning cloths with the strong vinegar smell. You can always use lavender or tea tree oil to help alleviate some of the smell.
- For floor tiles, add a few pumps of liquid soap to a bucket of hot or warm water. Then, add 200ml of Hydrogen Peroxide. This will rid your floor tiles of bacteria as well as keeping them looking fresh.
And there you have it, a couple of ways of keeping your home clean without choosing harmful chemical based products. While this is a great option for environmentally friendly homes, its also great if you have a family home too. Some parents may want to avoid using chemicals with young children around, so using natural based products can help to put your mind at rest. To find out more about how to care for you tiles on our blog along with design tips too!