Natural Cleaning Products

Natural cleaning products such as lemon and baking soda are just two of many kitchen items that you can use for cleaning. They have become more popular recently thanks to increasing awareness of harmful chemicals found in cleaning products and household items, and the general public’s increased concern over health and safety at home.

Why are some cleaning products dangerous?

Most cleaning products found in stores contain volatile organic compounds or VOCs. These compounds are a group of carbon-based chemicals that evaporate at the room’s temperature. These chemicals can be found in things like mothballs, air fresheners and cleaning and disinfecting products.

Although VOCs are not acutely toxic, they can have negative health effects on the long-term. If you breathe them for too long, you are at risk of developing various problems.

Moreover, people who have asthma may have worse symptoms when they deal with VOCs. Long term exposure can also increase the risk of kidney damage or cancer.

VOCs have effects in the short term as well, like nose, throat and eye irritation, dizziness and headaches.

So if after a bout of cleaning in your home, you find that you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above, check your cleaning products’ labels for its ingredients – you could be breathing in some harmful fumes from them.

Some labels do list active ingredients, which may assist you in detecting caustic or irritating ingredients you may wish to avoid, such as chlorine or ammonia, which can cause respiratory and skin irritation and will create toxic fumes if accidentally mixed together.

When buying household cleaners, you should also avoid cleaners marked “Danger” or “Poison” on the label, and look out for other tell-tale hazard warnings, such as “corrosive” or “may cause burns.” It also helps to note down a list of harmful chemicals you should avoid and check the labels before you buy anything new.

 

What are some natural cleaning products?

While buying cleaning products labelled as “organic”, “toxic-free” and “biodegradable” can help, knowing what you can use as natural cleaning products are also great because they’re 100% chemical-free. Moreover, they’d also be a lot safer and cheaper than buying anything from the store, and they can be used for both cleaning and cooking, potentially cutting your shopping list into half! Plus, it helps to improve indoor air quality and is much safer, especially for children.

Here are some natural cleaning products you should always keep on hand: 

  • Lemon juice – This food acid is a very good weapon against bacteria in your house. 
  • Baking soda – Baking soda has a lot of uses. Some of them are cleaning, water softening and deodorizing.
  • Alcohol – Alcohol can be used for something else than getting drunk at parties. It’s a great disinfectant, and vodka is a good odour remover.
  • Cornstarch – It can be used to polish furniture, clean your windows or your rugs and carpets.
  • White vinegar – White vinegar becomes very useful in many situations. Some of them are removing odors, mildew, cutting grease and removing stains.
  • Natural salt – There are tons of uses for salt for cleaning, including cleaning sink drains, pans, stained cups, rust, and even deterring ants.
  • Essential oils (optional) – Just to add a bit of fragrance into the air, especially if you don’t like the smell of white vinegar. Some essential oils also have healing and antimicrobial properties!

Natural Cleaning Products

DIY natural cleaning products you can make yourself

There are many ways to clean your home without using chemical products. Some items from your kitchen can do their job when it comes to bacteria just as efficiently, and without polluting the air.

Some of the Natural Cleaning Products can be mixed with others to create powerful substances against bacteria and dirt. Here are some recipes for cleaning products you can make at home: 

 

DIY Glass Cleaner

You will need:

  • ½ cup of white or cider vinegar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 to 2 orange essential oil drops (optional)
  • ¼ cup rubbing alcohol 70% concentration

Mix all these ingredients and you’ll a solution that is amazing if you want to clean your windows and mirrors. Put the solution in a spray bottle and give luster to the glass in your home.

 

DIY All-Purpose Cleaner

You will need:

  • 1 Litre warm water
  • 4 tablespoons of baking soda

Baking soda is the magic ingredient that helps you clean a lot of things in your house. Use it on your kitchen counters and inside the refrigerator.

 

DIY Brass Cleaner

You will need:

  • Table salt
  • Lemon juice or white vinegar

This solution is great for bathroom appointments, non-lacquered cabinet pulls and many others. Use it with a sponge.

Tip: If you don’t like how white vinegar smells, you could use an air purifier, and it will efficiently get rid of the smell.

 

DIY Toilet Cleaner

Pour undiluted white vinegar around the top of the toilet bowl and scrub until clean. Works like magic!

DIY Tile Grout Cleaner

You will need:

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups baking soda

Mix 1 part water and 3 parts baking soda together until it forms a paste. Apply to grout and let it sit, then scrub with a toothpaste and remove with a sponge. Your tile grouts will be white as new.

DIY Fabric Softener

You will need:

  • 1 part vinegar
  • 2 parts water

Mix these together and add 1/4 to 1/3 cup to the final rinse cycle. Makes a great fabric softener without the harsh chemicals, so it’s ideal for anyone with sensitive skin.

 

 

 

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