Now that the lines between work and home have blurred for a lot of people, many of us are cleaning more heavily lived-in spaces. That means we’re also in much closer contact with our cleaning products. Switching to alternative and natural cleaning products is safer for our families and better for the environment than harsh, chemical-filled products bought at most grocery stores. But do they work? Yes! The myth that natural cleaning products don’t work as well as traditional products is simply not true. Here’s a list of natural and organic household cleaning products that do a great job of cleaning your home without leaving behind dangerous chemical fumes and residue.
Store-Bought household products contain dangerous chemicals that are too toxic to justify using in our living environment, especially when there is a better alternative. Avoiding chemicals like endocrine disruptors, neurotoxins, and carcinogens feels even more important now, at a time when we are making resolutions and working hard to optimize our health and immunity.
Effective Natural Household Cleaning Products
It might be tempting to blast the house with a strong, powerful-smelling jug of cleaner and just be done with it, or follow the myth that only chemicals can really get it clean. Now consider how often you clean. That’s a lot of chemicals! The truth is, this stuff can impact anyone and everyone in its path – and that includes you, your family members, and your pets. Here are some better ideas for natural cleaning:
Natural Soap Scum Cleaner
Break down any soap scum buildup in the bath or tub with this make-your-own bathroom cleaner with 1 cup baking soda, ½ cup salt, and ½ cup borax. Note: borax is a controversial ingredient for some and not everyone is prepared to mix their own cleaning products. If this sounds like you, you can try this natural bathroom cleaner.
Use Microfiber Cloths
Microfiber cloths are made from synthetic polymers-polyester and polyamide-nylon. These fibers are able to pick up and hold dirt that traditional cleaning cloths will leave behind and push around. They also don’t require any type of cleaning spray to go on them in order to work. How many bottles of chemicals could you eliminate with one pack of microfiber cloths?
For tough jobs (especially ones that involve grease) baking soda is surprisingly effective at creating a shiny and chemical-free surface. It can take both time and effort depending on the job at hand, but it’s cheap and effective. If you don’t have time to wait for results, consider a natural all-purpose cleaner that tackles the dirt without damaging your surfaces (or your health).
Natural Air Freshener
You’d be surprised to learn about the high amount of chemicals found in most store-bought air fresheners, which you wouldn’t want to be spraying around your house. Here’s where DIY is king, because you can easily make a natural cleaning product air freshener that both cleans and freshens the air. Try making your own mixture using a sliced lemon, 2 tablespoons of fresh rosemary or thyme, or 1 piece of ginger root, mixed with water.
Using natural household products that you’ve made yourself or bought from an online wellness store will help you and your family live in a clean and chemical free-household. If you have questions about improving your work from home experience or finding a work from home opportunity that works for you and your family, contact Alan with Advancing with Us.