Have you ever wondered what’s actually in those cleaning products stashed away under the sink? Or given any thought to the warning signs plastered all over their labels.
Regular cleaning products are typically full of harmful chemicals, ones that we breathe in on a regular basis. Plus, all those surfaces you’re touching. Sure, your house might be clean and sterile, but that doesn’t mean indoor air quality is great…
Want to make the switch to natural cleaning but worried it’s going to take a lot more time or not work as well?
Give us 5 minutes to change your mind.
Chemical vs. Natural Cleaning
First off, does it really matter?
You bet it does. Just take a look at some of the most common ingredients in cleaning products:
- Bleach – linked to respiratory and neurological effects and cancer
- 1,4-Dioxane – a suspected carcinogen
- Quaternary Ammonium Compounds or “Quats” – asthma triggers
- 2-Butoxyethanol – skin and eye irritant
- Formaldehyde – a known carcinogen
- Diethylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether – linked to reproductive health effects
We could keep going, but we’re pretty sure you get the grim picture.
Did You Know: The federal government doesn’t require cleaning product manufacturers to list ingredients on their products. It’s scary, but true.
Natural cleaning products, however, contain things like apple cider vinegar or baking soda. These are actually beneficial to your health in a lot of ways, instead of harmful.
Switching to natural cleaning products might sound like a lot more work, but it’s actually pretty easy.
6 DIY Natural Cleaning Recipes
With just a few simple ingredients (things you probably already have in your fridge or cupboard) you make make a bunch of different cleaners, good for every room in the house.
1. All Purpose Cleaner
This all purpose cleaner is good for everything from kitchen counters to toilets. Because of the acidity of the lemon, it’s really good for hard water stains.
What you’ll need:
- One part white vinegar
- One part water
- Lemon rind
- Rosemary sprigs
Shake up all the ingredients in a spray bottle and then let it sit for a week before using.
2. Glass cleaner
Oh, the ammonia… store-bought glass cleaners are full of it. Make this instead:
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
- 1 to 2 drops lemon or orange essential oil (for a fresh clean scent)
Shake up all the ingredients in a spray bottle and use like you normally would.
3. Mold Remover
Mold buildup in your bathroom? It’s a common problem, and can be a health concern.
Mix one part hydrogen peroxide with two parts water in a spray bottle. Give it a good shake, then spray it on areas with mold. Let it sit for an hour (or more), then rinse.
4. Drain Cleaner
Think about all the gunk that gets trapped in your sink. We actually clean out our drinks by taking them apart every few months, and man that’s a disgusting job. A simple drain cleaner every month can help break down the build up and keep your pipes clean.
- For a regular cleaning mix 1/2 cup salt in 1 gallon water, heat (but don’t boil it) and pour it down the drain.
- For a tougher, semi-annual cleaning, pour about 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, then 1/2 cup vinegar. After 15 minutes, pour in hot, hot water to clear it out.
5. Furniture Polish
Not only is chemical-based furniture polish chock full of not-so-healthy ingredients, it builds up over time – making your surfaces look dull and actually attracting dust!!
Use this instead:
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 3 to 4 drops of your favorite essential oil for a nice scented polish (optional)
Blend together and use it with a microfibre cloth.
6. Floor Cleaner
Think about how much time your family spends on the floor. If you’ve got kids or pets, it could be a lot (if not most) of your time.
- For vinyl and linoleum flooring: Mix 1 cup vinegar and a few drops of olive oil in 1 gallon warm water.
- For wood floors: Mix 1/4 cup vinegar into a half gallon of warm water. Use a barely damp mop to avoid harming the finish.
- For tile floors: Mix 1 cup white vinegar in 1 gallon water.
With any of these, an essential oil like lemon or rosemary can help up the antibacterial factor and leave your house smelling great!
Your home is your castle. Making the switch to natural cleaning can make it so much healthier.