Posted on April 04 2018
Household cleaners are packed with chemicals that can be toxic to us. However, you have the ability to still effectively clean your home with natural ingredients, allowing you to avoid the toxic and harmful effects that some chemicals can have. Here are some great replacements that you can use in the home that are safe for you, your loved ones, and your pets.
Bleach is a popular cleaning product that tends to irritate the eyes and skin. It also has a strong smell that lingers and is full of chemicals. While bleach is useful for cleaning difficult stains, the benefits don’t outweigh the risks. You can replace bleach with hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice. You mix two cups of hydrogen peroxide with two teaspoons of lemon juice and water. Not only does this smell great, but it can also be safely used with septic systems, which don’t work well with bleach.
Vinegar and Water
Glass cleaner often contains a chemical which is toxic to you and your family. Replace glass cleaner with white vinegar and water for nice and shiny windows without the chemicals. Unless your windows are really grimy, use equal parts water and vinegar. Just make sure you wipe down your window frames immediately after to avoid damage.
Air fresheners often contain chemicals that you are breathing in on a daily basis, and they often have a chemical smell that pretty much negates anything else they do. Replace toxic air fresheners with essential oils. You can purchase an oil diffuser or burner to diffuse natural scents in your home without the chemicals. Scents like lavender or sandalwood are subtle, clean scents that also promote relaxation, which makes them perfect for diffusing throughout your home.
Believe it or not dishwasher detergent and dish soap contains a lot of chemicals. You are cleaning the dishes that you eat on with chemicals. You can replace dishwasher detergent and dish soap with castile soap which is chemical free. It is also biodegradable and non-toxic, which means you won’t have to worry about your pets or kids getting into it.
Vinegar and Water (Again!)
Floor cleaner is full of chemicals which can be harmful to you, your children and your pets. Once again, vinegar and water come to the rescue. Before cleaning, make sure you test the mixture on an inconspicuous spot, to make sure it won’t damage your floors, but this method is safe for most floors, provided you don’t leave puddles behind you.
Grease is not easy to clean off any surface. Often degreasers are used to clean ovens and other appliances in your home that you use to cook with. Degreasers are packed with chemicals that are toxic. To get grease off surfaces without using chemicals, wet the greasy spot and sprinkle with baking soda. It should rub off fairly easy with a damp towel. You can also add baking soda to your castile soap to help get grease off dishes.
Household cleaning products, while meant to clean your home effectively, do more harm than good for your health! Replace your cleaning products with harmful chemicals with completely natural products for your peace of mind as well as your health.