There a lot of cleaning products out there that promise to get rid of dirt and to leave your home spotless. Sure enough, big brands boast about cutting grease and getting rid of stains. Anti-bacterial products now claim to get rid of MRSA bacteria. But what do you really know about these products?
Environmentalists believe that our cleaning products end up in our water system and river streams. This causes the water to become polluted and severely impacts wildlife. For example, Triclosan is a common ingredient found in household antibacterial products. It can turn into a toxic compound called dioxin. Although not harmful to humans, dioxin is known to cause birth defects, cancer and stunted growth in wildlife. Yikes!
More and more people are now turning to eco-friendly or homemade cleaning detergents to prevent toxic chemicals and residue being left in the house. Products like bleach can exacerbate the symptoms of asthma so opting for a natural remedy can be beneficial. Many of these natural homemade detergents have vinegar as the main ingredient. This is because of its disinfectant properties and can neutralise odours. It is also environmentally friendly and biodegradable!
Below you’ll find some “recipes” for homemade natural cleaning remedies that won’t break your bank and are safe for everyone in the household.
The Window and Mirror cleaner
Dilute a mixture of equal part white distilled vinegar and water into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto your window and wipe with a microfiber cloth. You can also use old newspapers to wipe windows down to avoid leaving marks (what better way to recycle all your unused newspapers?). You can also use vinegar and water to get rid of grime and scum.
Tip: Only clean when there is no direct sunlight on the windows. Sunlight can dry the mixture and cause streaks. Rinse and wipe window frames immediately to avoid damage.
The Toilet Cleaner
To clean your toilet you’ll need baking soda, tea tree oil and white vinegar. Combine ½ cup of baking soda with 10-13 drops of tea tree oil. Sprinkle the mix into the toilet bowl. Add ¼ cup of vinegar to the toilet. The vinegar and baking soda will cause a fizzing reaction. Scrub the bowl with a toilet brush whilst it’s fizzing and then flushes!
DID YOU KNOW: Some people swear by coke as a successful toilet cleaner. It’s suggested that the citric acid gets rid of stains. However, coke may stain your toilet because of its colouring.
Tip: Do not pre-mix the vinegar baking soda mixture! You’ll end up with a very big mess to clean up.
The All Purpose Cleaner
This all-purpose cleaner is good for everyday cleaning. Use this to clean surfaces!
You’ll need a borax substitute, white vinegar, essential oils, water and a large spray bottle.
Mix 2 tablespoons of borax substitute into the spray bottle and then add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Let the powder dissolve and settle. After the mixture has settled, add 2 cups of water into the spray bottle. You can add 10 drops of essential oils like lemongrass or tea tree for their disinfectant properties.
These homemade cleaning remedies don’t necessarily kill all bacteria. Many people believe that getting rid of all germs and bacteria in the home will lead to a weakened immune system. When we have exposed to everyday germs, our immune system builds up and becomes stronger. Getting rid of all germs and bacteria may actually do more harm than good. Although anti-bacterial products are now part of everyday life, studies have shown that hot water and soap is just as effective as using anti-bacterial products.
This article was a guest post by the author Rachel Smith from Service Octopus.
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