There are many chemicals that can be used to clean houses. Cleaning agents can sometimes be confusing. You want something that will get the job done effectively, but you also don’t want chemicals that are bad for your health, or chemicals that produce dangerous fumes when they react with one another.
The easiest way to avoid all this is by using chemicals specially designed for cleaning purposes. These chemicals contain surfactants that allow water molecules to mix with oil and dirt particles suspended in the air or on surfaces, then lift them away into the air. Some chemicals are more toxic than others. Generally speaking, chemicals can be broken into two different types: acids and alkalis.
So what is an acid? Acid refers to a chemical with a pH of less than 7. Acids include chemicals like nitric acid, acetic acid (vinegar), sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid, etc.
Hydrochloric Acid is particularly dangerous because it reacts with the calcium in your bones causing severe tissue damage. Skin contact can also cause skin burns and severe pain
An alkali is just the opposite of an acidic chemical.
Alkalis have a pH greater than 7 and chemicals such as bleach fall into this category as well as chemicals like sodium hydroxide. Alkalis are very dangerous chemicals and can be absorbed through the skin causing severe burns, ingestion of chemicals can cause fatal respiratory problems
After acids and alkalis, you have chemicals that are neither acidic nor alkaline. These chemicals are called neutral chemicals. Chemicals in this category include water, salt, detergents, etc. Detergents are good because they dissolve easily into the water making them relatively safe to use around people if they aren’t ingested.
You should opt for natural cleaners like sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), citric acid (found in fruit), and white vinegar where possible; these work just as well as harmful chemicals without causing any damage to your lungs or harming the environment.
The chemicals you do use should be approved for use in food preparation areas and surfaces that come into contact with food, and must not leave any harmful residue behind.
Your oven may look neat and clean on the outside, but you might find it’s actually a breeding ground for germs when you move the tray out.
If chemicals and natural ingredients don’t work so well for your oven, another cheap and easy option is to use an abrasive cleaner like baking soda or coke; these products are highly effective at removing burnt bits from inside the tray without causing any damage. Just make sure you rinse these chemicals off thoroughly before putting the tray back into the oven (and under a grill) to prevent chemicals from burning onto surfaces!
Most people know that vinegar is an excellent cleaning agents for surfaces but did you also know it’s a great weed killer? This makes it a cheap alternative to buying Roundup for killing weeds on driveways, garden beds. The only downside is that using vinegar as a weed killer can take days, even weeks to work as vinegar has to travel deep into the ground and kill the roots.
Important fact: These chemicals will also dissolve paint so if you’re using dishwashing liquid to clean your walls be sure not to use too much and rinse all of it away before leaving the surface wet otherwise the paint might dissolve into thin air!
Washing soda or soda ash is a chemical that has many uses. One of its primary uses is as an alkali to neutralize acids (which makes it good for cleaning chemicals off surfaces).
It’s also known to have disinfectant properties however the chemicals in washing soda are corrosive so don’t use it on delicate surfaces.
Vinegar is another great acid remover but its main purpose is as a weed killer because vinegar contains acetic acid which kills plants by disrupting their ability to take up water causing them to wither and die.
Vinegar can also remove rust from metals so if you have rusty tools, mix 2 parts vinegar with 1 part salt, apply to the rusted area and leave it overnight after scrubbing off in the morning.
When chemicals are not diluted, they can be very dangerous. Nevertheless, chemicals that are mixed with water or another solvent (ex: rubbing alcohol) can become safe if handled correctly. Most chemicals require special care when being used outside of their normal applications because chemicals should only be handled by those who have been trained to handle them safely. Always check a chemical’s Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for safety precautions before using chemicals as household cleaners!