Keeping your home clean can be done with a variety of all-natural cleaners. Opting to use natural cleaners over chemicals will save you money, create a safer home life and help keep chemicals from polluting the environment. Many natural cleaners work just as well--if not better--than commercial cleaners without relying on harsh chemicals. All-natural cleaners can cleanse your walls and remove odors, stains, mold, dirt and grease.
Baking soda has long been used for its ability to clean, polish, scour and deodorize without the use of harsh chemicals. Baking soda can be used on numerous surfaces without the risk of harm. Pour 1 gallon of water into a bucket and add 1/2 cup of baking soda. Mix thoroughly until the baking soda has dissolved completely. Saturate a sponge in the mixture and wipe the walls down. Start at the top and work in a downward motion. When finished, allow the walls to air dry. To remove marks on walls, sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and scrub the marks until they disappear. Rinse with a clean, damp cloth.
Distilled White Vinegar
Like baking soda, vinegar is known for its ability to deodorize items as well as cut through mildew, grease and wax buildup. Vinegar is best used on kitchen walls near stoves where grease is more likely to splatter and stick to the surface. Mix equal parts vinegar and water. Saturate a sponge in the mixture. Scrub the kitchen walls with the sponge. Work in small sections at a time and scrub in a circular motion from top to bottom. For tough grease buildup, use undiluted vinegar and wash walls in the same manner as described previously.
Borax--also known as sodium borate--is another item that can clean your walls naturally. Borax works well on both painted and wallpaper walls. It is also an effective mold killer. Pour 1/4 cup of borax into a bucket and add 2 cups of hot water. Mix the contents together until the borax is completely dissolved. Saturate a sponge in the mixture and wash the walls. If mold is present on the walls, allow the mixture to sit on the walls overnight. Saturate a sponge with clean water and rinse the borax residue off the walls.
Lemon juice can clean your home naturally just as well as vinegar and baking soda, and it adds a pleasant citrus aroma to your home. To create an all-purpose lemon juice cleaner that can be used on walls, mix together equal parts water and lemon juice. Add the mixture to a spray bottle. Spray your walls liberally with the mixture and wipe with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinsing the lemon juice mixture is not necessary, so allow the walls to air dry.
Test any cleaning method on an inconspicuous area of the wall before use. If there is colorfastness or damage, discontinue use and try another method.
If mold is present on your walls, open windows and doors to provide proper air circulation. Also, equip yourself with the proper safety gear for mold removal.
Some cleaners--both natural and chemical--can cause skin irritation so it is best to wear rubber gloves during the cleaning process.