Chemical yard Cleaning guide

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The chemical yard cleaning guide is a guide for chemical-free cleaning developed by Maria Nordin. Learn the secrets of cleaning a chemical yard in this post.


1. Do not use detergents containing harmful substances and especially do not leave them on the surfaces

  • Using antibacterial products at home is completely pointless.
  • Liquid detergents mostly contain water, and because they contain water, preservatives harmful to health and the environment have also been added to them.
  • Preservatives also kill beneficial microbes - on surfaces and in the human body.
  • Avoid detergents and cleaning products that contain synthetic fragrances.
  • The combination of toxic cleaning agents and the leave-on cleaning style is the most harmful. In the leave-on technique, detergents are used, but they are not washed off the surfaces. When the surface dries, the liquid contained in the detergents evaporates into the air. Harmful chemical substances remain on the surfaces and grind into dust. Microscopically small dust particles are transported into the body through breathing air.

2. Use detergents you could eat

  • The idea of ​​chemical pitch cleaning is based on removing unnecessary microbes and using mostly mechanical ones.
  • No chemical methods.

3. Soak don't explode

  • The best remedy for stubborn dirt is time.
  • Moistening and fifteen minutes are all it takes for the puree to dry on the table.
  • A pinch of baking soda and half an hour are needed for burnt fat on the baking sheet.

4. Don't stress - find a balance

  • Back in the 90s, it was thought that allergies would be reduced by cleaning.
  • Only now has it been understood that maintaining health and developing immunity requires a little dirt and good microbes

5. Do not clean in good weather

  • On a sunny day off, you should head outside, even if there is a cleaning day marked on the calendar.
  • In sunny weather or in severe frost, the air humidity is on average drier than in rainy weather.
  • When the air is dry, dust mostly floats in the air and does not settle on surfaces.
  • Clean on a rainy day when the dust is heavier and easier to wipe!
  • On sunny, frosty days, after snowfall, it's good to give carpets and other home textiles a proper snow wash. Rub the snow on the surface of the carpet, brush or tamp it off. The carpets will be really fresh!

6. Don't do everything at once

  • Organize the piles of goods in the evening, and clean the floor space free.
  • Vacuum or wipe the dust that settled on the floors only in the morning.
  • TIP: During severe winter frosts, you can temporarily increase the air humidity in the apartment by putting the laundry to dry in the living room. Put the laundry to dry in the evening and vacuum or wipe the dust on the floors in the morning.

7. Play with pH

  • Human fat requires a slightly alkaline detergent, so the pH value of the detergent must be above seven. An alkaline detergent can be made using baking soda or baking powder.
  • Lime deposits, again, are best removed with a slightly acidic detergent - acidic ones are, for example, lemon juice, Coca-Cola, and vinegar.

8. Use only natural fragrances

  • Conventional room fragrances, air fresheners or detergents contain artificial fragrance chemicals.
  • Synthetic fragrances last a long time because they contain, for example, phthalates, which are known to disrupt human hormone function.
  • If you want your home to smell good, use natural scents such as essential oils, floral waters or spices.


  • Reducing the use of harmful substances improves health.
  • Squares are saved when there is no need to have an arsenal of jars at home.
  • You can save tens of euros a year when you don't have to buy cleaning products.
  • Substances harmful to the environment do not enter waterways.
  • The amount of plastic waste is reduced.


The cleanliness of the kitchen is particularly important for health. However, toxic cleaning agents should not be used even in the kitchen, as detergent residues left on surfaces can get into the food.

However, the kitchen needs substances that remove grease and stubborn stains. For example, bar soap made from olive oil does not contain any irritating additives. A high-quality microfiber cloth also removes grease from surfaces.

When washing, you can use bar soap as it is to remove grease, or you can also grate it and use it to make a cleaning solution.

Washing up:

Liquid products contain, in addition to the active ingredient, water or another substance that dilutes the product for appropriate use. Transporting diluted substances around the globe burdens the environment.

In addition, liquid products spoil easily, so preservatives are added to the products.

Preservatives are often harmful to humans in addition to microbes. Preservatives generally used in liquids are allergenic and sensitizing. One very harmful preservative commonly used in household cleaners is Methylisothiazolinone - that is, methylisothiazolinone.

Bar soap for the counters

Washing dishes with bar soap works great!

Many people doubt the hygiene of bar soap. However, the original function of soap has never been to kill microbes, but to remove dirt and grease from the substrate. The substances released by the soap are rinsed away with water, and bacteria are not killed with unnecessary chemicals.

This is how washing with bar soap can be done

Individual dishes:

  • Scrub the bar of soap with a moistened dish brush
  • Wash the dish or dishes
  • Wash the dishes
  • Rinse or wipe the surface of the soap after use

Crooked stack of dishes:

  • Fill the sink with water and put the dishes in the water
  • Wash the dishes and, if necessary, sprinkle a bar of soap with a moistened dish brush
  • Empty the water from the pool and rinse the dishes with clean water
  • Rinse or wipe the surface of the soap after use

Store the bar of soap on a tray where it can dry between uses.

Liquid cleaner for the kitchen:

5 teaspoons of salt

5 teaspoons of baking soda

1 tablespoon of grated bar soap

5 teaspoons of orange blossom water (available at the grocery store)

3 dl of water

TIP: Remember to clean the tops of the kitchen cabinets once a year. According to research, there may be up to five years old dust on the upper levels. Dust absorbs chemicals from the room air, so the dust on top of the cabinets is a real chemical bomb. In the kitchen, you probably need a grease remover such as soap or baking soda to wash the upper surfaces.

Spray the substance on the surface, let the substance take effect and brush or wipe off.

Cleaning stubborn dirt:

The substances sold for cleaning ovens and stoves are the most toxic of all - for no reason.

Even the most stubborn oven or stove can be cleaned with a substance found in the pantry: baking soda. Cleaning the ceramic stove with a steel spatula is a great way to avoid using harmful substances.

Cleaning the stove and oven trays:

 spray the stove with water

  • sprinkle baking soda on top
  • go over the area to be cleaned with a dish brush
  • leave it on for half an hour
  • scrub stubborn areas with a sponge
  • wipe with a damp microfiber cloth
  • there is a steel trowel for the ceramic stove
  • Cleaning the oven and oven trays:
  • make a paste of baking soda and water
  • spread the paste
  • leave it on for half an hour
  • scrub stubborn areas with a sponge
  • wipe with a damp microfiber cloth

Cleaning a stubborn coffee maker

  • pour 1 dl of vinegar into the water tank of the coffee maker
  • fill the tank with water
  • click on the coffee maker
  • discard the "boiled vinegar water".
  • wipe the inner edges of the container with a microfiber cloth
  • boil two batches of clean water in the kettle


The toilet is usually the dustiest place in the home, because the ventilation is designed so that the toilet has an exhaust air valve. The exhaust air valve is often in the wall or ceiling of the bathroom.

TIP: Test the operation of the bathroom ventilation. If the paper sheet stays on top of the exhaust air valve thanks to the air flow, it can be assumed that the bathroom ventilation is working.

Even in the bathroom, the use of antibacterial products is not justified. Also in the bathroom, the best cleaning principle is to remove the bacteria from the substrate with, for example, a dilute baking soda solution and flush the bacteria down the drain with water.

Cleaning of sinks, WC and bathtub

Even the dirtiest places can be cleaned safely.

Basic cleanser:

5 teaspoons of salt

5 teaspoons of baking soda

1 teaspoon of grated bar soap

5 teaspoons of rose water (available at the grocery store)

3 dl of water

Spray the substance on the area to be cleaned. Brush with a brush or sponge. Rinse with water or wipe with a microfiber cloth.

Cleaning the glass walls and mirrors of the shower

Light stains from soap and water remain on the glass surfaces. The shelters contain alkaline lime, for which the best "antidote" is acidic vinegar. You should always keep a spray bottle with vinegar diluted in water in the bathroom .

Glass and mirror spray:

  • spray bottle
  • 1 part vinegar
  • 3 parts water

if you want, you can add a few drops of essential oil to the mixture, fresh scents such as peppermint or eucalyptus are suitable for the bathroom . Spray the substance on glass or mirror surfaces. Leave it on for a while and wipe with a damp microfiber cloth or rinse with a shower. Dry in circular motions with a microfibre cloth so that there are no streaks on the surface.


Vinegar spray also removes limescale stains that accumulate on faucets. Basic detergent cleans the rest.

  • Spray the vinegar solution
  • Brush with a brush whose bristles reach even the most difficult crevices.

Sinks and floor drains

If the bathroom sink drains poorly or is completely blocked, do not rely on chemical pipe openers (Kodin plumber or others). Anyone can clean the bathroom sink. You can find more detailed instructions online, for example on the website However, if you don't dare to open the odor lock yourself or, for example, you can't open it yourself, try it

this tip:

Opening the sink - an emergency procedure

  • Pour 1 dl of soda and a splash of water into the sink
  • Leave the substance on for half an hour
  • Pour 1 liter of boiling hot water down the drain
  • After cleaning, install a hair catcher in the sink to prevent hair from accumulating in the odor trap

Floor drain cleaning

The cause of the musty smell in the bathroom is often revealed to be a dirty floor drain with hair in it. Hair hanging in the grate of the floor drain may dry out the drain, allowing the sewer smell to enter the apartment. Sewer smell is harmful to health, so you should take care of the functionality of the floor drain's water lock.

  • Modern floor drains have a separate black plastic part that can be lifted off.
  • Clean the loose parts and install them tightly in place.
  • After cleaning, install a floor drain filter, the kind sold in supermarkets. The floor drain prevents hair from getting into the floor drain.
TIP: A bottle of vinegar, a can of baking soda and a floor drain filter are a great housewarming gift for a young person moving into their own apartment.

Tile joints

Reddish yeast growth or greyish spotted mold growth may form in the tile joints. Surface mold can be a sign of moisture damage, but in some cases the tiles become discolored anyway. Stains on the seams can be cleaned with a soda-salt mixture.

TIP: If spots appear in the seams shortly after cleaning, it could be moisture damage. Ask for an expert.


As elsewhere, it is better to focus on mechanical rather than chemical cleaning when it comes to floors

cleaning methods. Floors are best cleaned with a microfiber cloth.


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