Keeping your self storage unit clean and organized is one of the most important things you can do to preserve your belongings. While most cleaning products found in stores get the job done effectively, here are some tips to clean your items and your unit with natural products. It’s a great idea for you, the environment, and your wallet!
Natural vs. Artificial
Artificial cleaning supplies are known to contain chemicals harmful to people’s lungs, skin, or eyes. Preparing your own cleaning supplies with natural ingredients is an easy alternative. Some of the natural options you can use to tackle most cleaning tasks include vinegar, citric agents, baking soda, cornstarch, and alcohol. We know that prepping your own cleaning supplies sounds harder than buying ready-to-use products from the store, but creating your own natural cleaners gives you the peace of mind of knowing every chemical that you — and your family — come into contact with.
DIY All-Purpose Cleaner
Whatever you’re storing, you should always have a permanent spot for an all-purpose cleaner in your Citiwide self storage unit. You can craft one that’s free of harsh chemicals yourself. All you need is a large spray bottle, 1 cup of white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1 cup of water, and a few drops of an essential oil of your choice. That’s it! Using vinegar as the cleaning base combined with baking soda — the cleaning powerhouse — allows you to clean surfaces in your unit without damaging them. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and, voila, in just a few minutes you have a ready-to-use all-purpose cleaner!
Less Is More
Sometimes you don’t need to buy the most expensive product to clean your most valuable items. To clean mirrors and glass, for example, you need only water and vinegar mixed in a spray bottle and some newspapers. To clean delicate items, like your grandma’s china set, photo albums, or vinyl records, a brush and patience are often enough to do the trick. Using chemicals on these types of items is not ideal. Consider storing these sensitive belongings in one of our climate-controlled units, where it will be protected from fluctuations in temperature and humidity.
Choosing natural products might not be your first instinct, and making your own eco-friendly cleaning supplies might seem overwhelming. We hope these easy tips light a spark and inspire you to take care of your belongings while taking care of the planet.
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