No one really likes cleaning, but if you’re going to do a job then, as our parents and grandparents used to say, you may as well do it right. While a little elbow grease can go a long way when it comes to getting your countertops clean, or making your bathtub truly glisten, it’s perhaps even more important to be sure you’re cleaning with the proper materials. Because going organic isn’t just for your food… it’s for your bucket of cleaning tools, too.
Why should you go to all the time and trouble of using organic cleaning methods in your home instead of just buying the usual cleaners you’ve been spraying around for years? Well, here are a few good reasons.
Reason #1: It’s Good For The Environment
All of us are trying to be a little more environmentally conscious these days, and swapping out those cleaners you have now for organic options is a good way of doing your part to make sure you’re leaving the smallest possible footprint you can. As The Spruce points out, a lot of our cleaning chemicals and solutions are either manufactured using non-renewable resources (particularly petroleum), or they’re made from those resources in the first place.
Choosing a more sustainable, eco-friendly option not only ensures that you are doing your part to help preserve the planet, but it also means that your cleaning products of choice won’t steadily increase in cost as those other resources become harder and harder to find.
So this one is a double win. Also, speaking of cost…
Reason #2: Organic Cleaning is Less Expensive
If you’ve been to the store recently, you might wonder if you’re shopping on a different planet. Everything you’ve seen labeled green, organic, or natural seems to always have a much bigger price tag on it, which is probably one reason you’ve avoided going organic when it comes to your cleaning products before now. However, you can easily make your own organic cleaning solutions for pennies, as The Art of Simple points out.
For example, try spraying a mist of white vinegar instead of Febreeze in your house to get rid of smells and stale odors. Scrub your steel sinks and nozzles with salt and half a lemon before rinsing them. Use a mixture of a half cup rubbing alcohol, a couple squirts of dish soap, and some warm water as a glass cleaner. There are all kinds of DIY solutions for your cleaning needs that you may already have in your kitchen that will keep your home and your wallet green.
Reason #3: Organic Products Give A Safer Clean
How many times have you decided it was finally time to give your home a solid, deep clean, and reached for the safety goggles and rubber gloves? If you use traditional chemical cleaning products, then you’ve no doubt noticed how harsh they can be on your skin (especially if you’re sensitive, or have an allergy to one of the chemicals in the cleaner), and how dangerous they can be for your eyes. Most of them tend to come with a laundry list of safety warnings too, suggesting that you use them only in a ventilated area and that you’re wearing all of the necessary safety equipment.
Natural cleaners don’t have all of these associated hazards. While you still shouldn’t drink them, you can often get them on your skin without any negative side effects. What’s even better is that organic cleaners don’t leave any dangerous residue behind when you’ve finished cleaning. So there’s no need to worry about your dog laying on the floor you just mopped or harmful residue clinging to food resting on the countertop you wiped down. You don’t have to choose between having a clean house and a safe one, as Care points out.
Reason #4: You Can Breathe Easier
You know that lingering smell in the air after a good deep cleaning session? Well don’t take too deep of a breath because if you can smell that chemical spray, then you’re also breathing it deep into your lungs. The reason so many cleaning products recommend you leave the windows open to get a cross breeze or that you wear a filtration mask is because you don’t want to get the residual fumes anywhere near your pipes. That’s on top of that harsh chemical smell just not being all that pleasant in the first place.
This is another bonus to cleaning your home with natural products. You don’t have to worry about breathing in harmful residue because they’re not harmful. Even better, they often smell quite pleasant. Whether you’re using essential oils, fresh lemons and limes, or even orange peels, a house that’s been scrubbed with organic cleaners always smells fresh and pleasant instead of recently decontaminated.
Reason #5: Fewer Products, Deeper Cleaning
Be honest, how many cleaners do you have in your closet right now? Chances are good you have one for countertops, one for glass, one just for the bathroom, and probably a few others on top of that. When you buy (or make) organic cleaners, you end up with a few products that can be used in pretty much every situation.
With natural cleaners, you don’t have to worry about varying levels of strength and safety. Most green cleaning products utilize the same basic ingredients, so if something works in one place, it’s quite likely it will work in a closely related area. If you’re tired of stocking an entire closet with all the slightly different cleaning products for every room of your home, then it might be time to get on the organic cleaning train.
Keeping your home clean isn’t an easy job. But there’s no reason to make it harder on yourself, your loved ones, or your four-legged companions. For more eco-friendly living tips, simply contact us today!