These days, custom home builders can put just about any high-tech, energy efficient material, appliance or device into your home to keep it safe, healthy, and green. Eco-friendly building is becoming ever more popular as people realize that it saves them money and keeps their families protected from chemicals, mold, and germs.

But if you’re using harsh chemicals to clean your custom Middle Tennessee home, you might be negating the benefits of building a green home. And with the start of spring, now is the time that many homeowners in Hendersonville, Nashville, and the surrounding areas are thinking about getting a fresh, clean start.

At Arthur Rutenberg Homes, we understand that you want to keep your beautiful, custom home looking new. The good news is, you can do that naturally, with many items you probably already have in your home. Here are some of the things you can use to clean, polish, disinfect, and brighten – all without filling your home with chemicals and artificial fragrances.

  • Vinegar: distilled white vinegar is one of the best natural cleaners on earth. A mixture of one part vinegar to one part water makes a great all-purpose cleaner that’s good on all surfaces except granite and marble. Let the solution sit in your tubs and sinks to cut mildew and soap scum – and pour pure vinegar in the toilet bowl to leave it sparkling clean. If you can’t stand the smell, add some lemon juice – and remember, the smell will fade. You can also add vinegar to your laundry as a natural fabric softener.
  • Lemons: speaking of lemons, they’re another great natural cleaning item. Lemons can clean stains from wooden chopping boards and counter tops, scrub pots and pans, disinfect and deodorize your garbage disposal, and bleach your laundry.
  • Salt: If you need a more abrasive cleaner to scrub stains and caked on food away, try salt. Coarse salt is great anywhere you’re not worried about scratching, and it will help get off some of the toughest caked-on materials like food and mildew.
  • Baking soda: try this product as another natural scouring agent. Baking soda has the added benefit of whitening as it scrubs, which can make it ideal for light colored counters, tile, and bathrooms.
  • Tea tree oil: it smells better than vinegar and it’s a powerful disinfectant. You can make an all-purpose cleaner, kill mold, or kill germs in laundry like dirty diapers.
  • Essential oils: not only will these make your home smell good, they have natural cleaning and antibacterial/antifungal properties that can’t be beat. Try lavender, rosemary, orange, lemon, or peppermint.
  • Olive oil: mixed with water and some lemon essential oil, you’ll get a perfect furniture polish and wood floor cleaner that conditions your wood naturally.

You might be surprised by some of these items that can be great natural cleaners. Give them a try, see how sparkling clean your custom home is, and you’ll probably never go back to the chemical-laden cleaners you used before!