We all understand the importance of keeping a home clean and tidy. Our favorite cleaning products promise to kill germs, rid our homes of icky bacteria, and bust through the toughest grime. When you think about it, they pretty much kill everything in their path, right? That’s a good thing in regard to the germs and dirt, but what exactly are all those super-powered cleaners doing to us and the environment?
Many of the everyday cleaners (dish detergent, window cleaners, laundry detergents, etc.) contain harmful chemicals, known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are dangerous to our health, toxic to our pets, contribute to smog, and pollute drinking water.
What can you do to combat this damage done by powerful household cleaners? Grab some really simple ingredients out of your cabinets and make your own! Check out these eco-friendly ingredients that you can use to make cleaners for every room of your home:
- baking soda
- hydrogen peroxide
- essential oils (lavender, eucalyptus, lemongrass)
- Castile soap
- fresh herbs
- citrus fruits
- olive oil
- rubbing alcohol
- baby oil
These few simple ingredients can be used to create a number of cleaners that can be used all over your home without putting your own health at risk or damaging the environment.
Dish soap. Did you know the leading cause of household poisonings in children under the age of six is dish soap? Even if you don’t have any little ones in the house, wouldn’t you prefer to use something to clean your dishes that isn’t toxic?
Oven cleaner. Store-bought oven cleaners are some of the strongest, most foul-smelling cleansers out there. An alternative will keep your oven clean without the strong odor.
Disinfectant. Although, a homemade alternative is not an antibacterial cleanser, most household bathrooms don’t require anything stronger to stay safely clean.
Toilet bowl cleaner. It might be hard to believe, but your toilet bowl doesn’t need a harsh, heavy-duty store-bought cleaner to stay sparkling.
Air freshener. Commercial air fresheners simply mask odors with stronger perfumes. Eco-friendly options that use simple ingredients absorb the odors.
Furniture polish. Varnished wood surfaces can be cleaned until they gleam with some lemon oil and a soft cloth.
Wall cleaner. Pen, crayon, and scuff marks can often be removed from walls with a bit of baking soda.
Keeping our homes clean is very important, but it is equally important that we do this in a manner that does not hurt us or the environment. These eco-friendly cleaners use very common ingredients that most of us already have in our homes. The recipes can be doubled or tripled so they can be made in bulk to save money.
Please feel free to contact us to learn more about keeping your home and the environment healthy and safe.