After the kitchen, there’s no better place in your home to go green than in the bedroom. After all, you spend around a third of your life there, and that much time spent slowly and deeply inhaling pollutants, chemicals and artificial fragrances can really add up to a burden on your health.
Instead of adding to the potentially harmful chemical overload in your bedroom, why not use simple, homemade cleaning products that do the job just as well, but without irritation to lungs, skin, nervous system or eyes? You’ll probably save money as well -- an additional plus. Here are easy ways to clean all the surfaces in your bedroom the natural way.
Natural Carpet Cleaner
Carpet might feel warm and soft under your feet, and it’s the most popular type of floor covering in the bedroom, but it’s also unfortunately a magnet for grime, stains, allergens and dirt. Give your bedroom carpet – or area rug – at least a once-weekly, thorough vacuuming to remove tracked-in allergens, dirt and dust. When it’s time to do a deeper cleaning, get great results with simple, household products.
Deep clean: For general deep cleaning, break out the carpet shampooer (or rent a Rug Doctor machine at your local grocery store), but instead of using chemical carpet cleaner, fill the solution tank with 1 cup of white vinegar and 2 gallons of very hot water. Clean your carpets as usual, paying extra attention to heavy-traffic areas. The smell of vinegar will be strong while you work, but by the time the carpets dry, the odor will be gone.
Stains: Remove stubborn stains with a paste made from ¼-cup white vinegar, ¼-cup salt and ¼-cup borax (you’ll generally find it in the grocery store’s laundry detergent area). Apply the paste to any stains; let it sit for a few hours, then vacuum the residue away.
Easiest Way to Clean Walls Naturally
Bedroom walls don’t take the abuse that kitchen and bathroom walls receive, but they still get their fair share of fingerprints, pet smudges, and mysterious marks. Wipe wall grunge away with a damp rag dipped in baking soda. Don’t over-scrub – you don’t want to damage paint. Use just enough pressure to remove the mark, then give the spot an extra wipe with a clean damp rag.
Green Cleaner for Wood furniture and Floors
Furniture: Keep your bedroom furniture free of dust and looking fresh and shiny without stinky chemicals and fragrances. Instead, mix the juice of half a lemon, a tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of water, stirring thoroughly. Use a clean rag to wipe the mixture over your furniture, burnishing the wood gently along the direction of the grain.
Floors: If you have wood or laminate floors, mop them with the same ingredients, combined as follows: 1-gallon hot water, ¾-cup of olive oil and ½-cup lemon juice. No need to rinse, your floors will dry to a nice shine.
Natural Way to Remove Mattress stains
Mattresses are exposed to a host of unpleasant fluids that tend to leave stains and odor. If urine, blood or other bodily fluids stain your mattress, try to work quickly before the liquid soaks deeply into the mattress where it will be very difficult to remove. Remember that you don’t want to make things worse by drenching your bed with more fluid, so use the least amount of solution that gets the job done.
Use a clean rag to dab hydrogen peroxide onto the stain, wetting the mark without drenching the mattress. Don’t rub – instead dab at the spot. Once the hydrogen peroxide no longer foams upon contact with the stain, let it sit for five more minutes, then wipe dry with a clean cloth.
Tough stains: If the stain is really tenacious, rub a little bit of borax powder into the mark, and continue to dab at the area until the stain dissolves. Let the mattress air dry, then sprinkle the surface with baking soda, leave for an hour or two, and then vacuum the baking soda away. This will remove any lingering odor.
Simple Laundry detergent
If you or anyone in your family has extra-sensitive skin that reacts to fragrances, preservatives and strong chemicals, you probably have experienced the itchy misery of a reaction to commercial laundry detergent. Avoid the problem by making your own – it’s not difficult and considering the price of purchased products, saves you quite a bit of money as well. Wash your sheets at least weekly with the following DIY cleaner.
- Washing soda – NOT baking soda, you’ll find it in the laundry section of the market
- Gentle bar soap, such as Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap or similar natural product. Grate the soap into powder.
Mix one-part soap, two-parts washing soda and two-parts borax in a large bowl.
On laundry day, add around ¼-cup of the mixture to your washing machine and wash the load as usual.
Streak-Free Glass Cleaner
In a spray bottle, mix together:
- ¼-cup rubbing alcohol
- ¼-cup white vinegar
- 1-tablespoon cornstarch
- 2-cups warm water
Shake the mixture well, spray onto glass surfaces, and wipe away dust, fingerprints dirt and general grime with a clean, soft cloth.