Keeping my space clean and clutter-free is a priority. A clean and organized home means a calm and relaxed me. There’s no better feeling in the world than entering a beautifully clean home. If you find yourself relating, then keep reading. As someone who truly does enjoy a tidy home, I found myself angry with the commercial cleaning products made available to us. The truth is, many of the products we all use to ‘clean’ our homes with on the daily basis, are actually filled with toxins and chemicals that cause serious danger to our health and the environment. But don’t worry; I’m here to share with you my favourite DIY recipes for natural cleaning products. With a passion for a clean home and disgust for chemical based products, I began conducting my own research. And today, I can proudly say, my home is truly clean – I don’t mean the kind of clean with artificial scents. I mean clean and free of toxins.
What to Avoid
You seriously want to get in the habit of reading labels. This applies to anything you consume. Be it a packaged granola bar, cosmetics or cleaning products. You need to know exactly what enters your body, goes onto your skin or surrounds you. Conventional cleaning products contain chemicals and toxins that are harmful to you and the environment. Five of the major toxins lurking in your so-called ‘cleaning products’ are Phthalates, Perc, Triclosan, Ammonia and Sodium Hydroxide. These chemicals can seriously harm and cause danger to your livers, kidneys, brain and even your nervous system. Be sure to educate yourself to know exactly what comes into contact with you. Here’s a guide to help you learn more about these five chemicals.
Natural Cleaning Products
Let me clear up two myths about natural cleaning products: one is that they don’t clean well enough, and the other is that they’re too expensive. Remember, I already told you about how serious I am about my cleaning. And, here’s another fact: I’m a full-time student. I don’t have time or money to complicate my life. I look for simple ways to keep my house clean and to keep the routine minimal, quick and cheap.
I rely on TWO essential ingredients to get me through my basic cleaning: white vinegar and baking soda. This is all you need for you natural cleaning products. They’re both inexpensive and absolutely harmless. When it comes to all surface cleaning, mirrors, windows, bathroom etc. I use my ‘all-purpose-cleaner’ – all you have to do is mix an equal amount of white vinegar and water. Shake it up, and use. I am personally a fan of some sort of scent, so I do use a few drops of essential oils to get the vinegary smell out. But, if you’re trying to reduce your costs, I have a quick and easy trick for you that works really well. Keep your orange or lemon peels and add them in an airtight jar with your white vinegar and leave it for a week or so. And then mix it with water.
Ingredient number two for all natural cleaning products is good old baking soda. If the stains are tough, and if you want to do deep cleaning, then sprinkle your baking soda and spray some ‘all-purpose-cleaner’ and leave it for a few minutes, and then scrub. Great for the toilet and bathtub!
Another way I reduce my waste, keep my costs low and my cleaning efficient is by avoiding paper towels and disposables in general. Over the past year, I have relied completely on E-Cloths. They LAST, and go great with any chemical free and natural cleaning products. These babies are great for all hard surfaces such as stainless steel, enamel, ceramic, glass, tile and wood. I use them on a daily basis with some water to keep my surfaces clean, and then toss them in the washer and reuse again and again.
Give these natural cleaning products on our Online Store Here a try and be sure to comment below to let me know what you think.