If you’re searching for cleaning services and deciding which company to use, an important question you have to ask yourself, is my cleaning service using safe chemicals for my home? A clean home feels fresh and healthy, but how healthy (and how safe) are the cleaning products that you are using? Many popular cleaning products contain dangerous chemicals that can damage our health and the environment. But, armed with the information in this article, you can choose safer alternatives that are just as effective. Get your house safely clean this spring by following these tips to make sure you use safer cleaning products for both you and the environment.
Look for More Natural Alternatives
There are lots of natural products that you can use for cleaning – in fact, these have been used for centuries and anyone’s granny would know about their efficiency… Knowing them will decrease the toxicity matter in your home and save you (quite a bit of) money!
Baking Soda is great for cleaning so many things. From hard water to pet messes and smalls, baking soda is a hero. Combine it with a little water to scrub up just about anything to a nice shine. Add to vinegar (carefully, it gets very fizzy!) or dish soap for super strength to clean tile, pots and pans, carpet, tubs, toilets and even stains on clothing!
Borax is a great laundry additive and can be used for household cleaning, though use great caution in a home with small children as ingestion is not safe. The powder form makes it a special concern around little ones.
Castile Soap is a gentle soap made from vegetable oil (often olive) as opposed to animal fat or synthetics. This stuff is great for use in general cleaning, laundry, body wash, hand wash, shampoo, and I even know people who have used it in place of toothpaste!
Lemon Juice is great in cleaners, cutting grease and lightening stains – or hair!
Washing Soda is similar to baking soda but stronger. It is a great laundry additive and can often be found in the laundry isle. If you’re having trouble locating it, try Amazon or Alice.
Vinegar is good for just about everything. I have used both White Vinegar & Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) in cleaning.
Don’t Rely on the Labels Blindly
You have checked the labels and found that the product is “neutral” or “non-toxic”. If you are happy with this information, let me tell you that it is not enough. You should not believe everything printed on the labels of the products. Check the ingredients, and then judge whether it is safe for you or not!
Buy Eco-Friendly Cleaning Supplies
Cleaning chemicals can drag us into danger if they are not chosen and used properly. Using green cleaning products is good both for you and the surrounding environment. Conventional cleaning products may cause chemical burns to your skin and eyes. Since green cleaners are not corrosive, these are safer than the chemical ones. Apart from these, the green cleaners need to meet strict standard regarding toxicity, skin absorption, and combustibility.
Avoid Unidentified “Fragrance” in Products, or Choose Fragrance-Free
Synthetic fragrances can trigger asthma and may contain hormone-disrupting chemicals. Instead of masking unwanted odors with fragrance, tackle the source.
Install a Water Softener
With a water softener installed, you’ll be using fewer products no matter which brand you choose. Why? Because most of what’s already in those products is acting to counter the effects of hard water, to begin with! Imagine how much more effective they would be without having to first bust through all those hardness minerals to lather and rinse at full capacity.
You want to be careful what you use around your home for cleaning. Many people have toxic homes and never realize it, mainly due to their cleaning supplies. Let’s face it, cleaning your home is an unavoidable task, but with the help of these tips, it can be a lot more pleasant and less costly! I hope moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.