Switching to natural cleaners has some great advantages. You can scrub your home in every room, but that doesn’t mean your home is clean in a way that’s good for your health. If you’ve used chemical cleaners, these chemicals do get absorbed into your body through your skin.
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Safer Natural Cleaners
That’s why you want to use safer, natural supplies. Products that contain only natural ingredients are not just part of helping the world be a safer place to live environmentally – they’re better for you, too. I've been surprised by some of dangers of using some of the cleaners we've seen made popular by advertising. Instead of buying into that advertising, I began looking for safer, natural cleaners.
When you’re looking for cleaning products, look for products that are natural by knowing what the contents are considered safer- because some products say that they’re natural, even when they’re not. Avoid products that contain preservatives or synthetic materials.
Organic cleaning supplies will often have plant extracts and natural minerals on the ingredient lists. Some will have flower essences (such as lavender) for fragrance and aromatherapy.
Look for products that contain essential oils. These are oils from natural items such as lemon, pine, lavender, eucalyptus, tee tree oil and so on. These serve both to add fragrance and help cleaning. Tea Tree Oil, for example, is a strong anti-bacterial.
Two Simple, but Powerful Cleaners
Baking soda is a natural cleaner and is often used to scrub and whiten stains. It has many cleaning applications. You can find a list of 20+ uses over at Good Housekeeping: 22 Cleaning Problems You Can Solve With Baking Soda.
White vinegar can be used to clean through grease, to get rid of stains and even as pest control. Ants will avoid white vinegar, so if you clean around your window frames and any crevices with white vinegar, this will take care of any ant problems. Vinegar can also be used to kill mold, clean a garbage disposal and even to take out stains left by tea and coffee in your cups. It’s also great for getting rid of lime deposits. Better Homes & Gardens has a helpful list with recipes of several ways you can use white vinegar to clean your home: Clean Your House for Less Than $5.
Other Common Ingredients
Some other organic cleaning ingredients found in green cleaners are coconut, minerals and salt. You might not think of salt as a natural cleaner, but it is. Salt can be used as an abrasive and it can also be used to dry up liquids spilled on carpets.
Look for cleaners that contain castile soap. This soap is made of natural olive oil and can be used for cleaning counter tops. It can also be used to clean clothes and it’s great on the hands. People with allergies often find it easier to use castile soap than any other type of soap.
When you’re buying natural cleaners, just remember that the labels should have ingredients that you would recognize from nature. Also look for keywords like non-abrasive and non-flammable, because this is indicative of it being chemical-free. Cleaning ingredients that are natural will also often have the word ‘biodegradable' on the label. Or instead of buying cleaners, make your own. It not only will get the dangers out of your home, you'll also help the environment and save a lot money not buying expensive cleaners.