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Green cleaning is the home cleaning DIY trend geared toward caring for the health, wellbeing, and sustainable practices of your family by using all-natural cleaners.
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Join the green cleaning revolution

It should come as no surprise to find out that many store-bought cleaning products contain harmful chemicals that can affect the health of you and your family. Many common cleaners use abrasive and dangerous chemicals to provide the desired effect.

Often, they are in undisclosed quantities and the effect on those who come into contact with them can range from allergic reactions to potentially life-threatening consequences. A quick glance at many of the bottles and containers they come it should tell you all you need to know. Bottles filled with skulls and crosses and other harmful, corrosive or abrasive symbols hardly convey the healthy, environmentally friendly message of a fresh and clean home.

As awareness grows of the dangers of commercial cleaning products, many people are choosing to move away from these harmful chemicals and using natural, green products to clean their homes and protect their families at the same time. There is an abundance of these ‘green’ cleaners and they are available cheaply and readily, making the move away from damaging products quick and simple.

 

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Lemons contain a mild citric acid, which work as a natural bleach, as well as D-Limonene – a powerful degreaser and solvent.

10 home cleaning substitutes

Simple products such as baking soda and lemon juice can be used in a variety of ways to clean your house from top to bottom, leaving your home clean, fresh and chemical free.

Baking Sodause baking soda to clean, scrub and scour tough, cooked on messes, neutralise household odour and soften water

Boraxalso known as sodium borate, this is a non-carcinogenic substance that is not absorbed through the skin and not harmful to the environment. (Borax is about as safe for you as salt, but please don’t ingest it!). Use borax to clean your painted walls and wallpaper, as well as floors. It can also deodorise, disinfect, and soften water

Cornstarchthis powerful absorbent makes it a good cleaner to soak up oil spills in and around the kitchen. You can also use it to clean windows, polish furniture, and shampoo and clean carpets and rugs

Citrus solvent made from orange peel oil, this organic substance can be used in lieu of mineral spirits. Citrus solvent is often used as a natural paint thinner and comes recommended to clean greasy bicycle chains. Around the house you can use it clean oil, grease, and some stains

Isopropyl alcohol is commonly used as a disinfectant and can be substituted for ethanol due its disinfectant qualities

Lemon contains a mild citric acid, which works as a natural bleach, as well as D-Limonene – a powerful degreaser and solvent

Soap use unscented liquid soap (flakes, powder or bars) instead of common brands that contain petroleum distillates. Many people choose their soap based on what they’re used to and what’s easiest to handle while cleaning. Check out Dr Bronner’s Pure-Castile range

Tea tree oilrich in antiseptic properties, this is a natural choice for treating wounds and killing many strains of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Tea tree oil can be used in most homemade cleaning products to add a disinfectant to the cleaning process

Washing soda also known as SAL soda or sodium decahydrate, this is a mineral that you can use to cut grease, remove stains, soften water, and clean your bathroom, including your walls, tiles, sink, and tub. Washing soda can be irritating to mucous membranes, so it’s best to keep it away from your nose or wear a mask while cleaning, and it can be harmful to aluminium

White vinegar will be your go-to for most of your homemade cleaner needs. It can cut grease, remove mildew, absorb odours, and dissolve some staining and wax build-up

If you’re interested in joining the trend and trying out green cleaning products for yourself, this infographic from our friends at GroomAndStyle.com is a great place to start. Print it out and stick it on your fridge!
 

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Veda Dante

Veda Dante is an accomplished journalist, consultant and content creator who has nearly 30 years’ experience writing about everything from tourism, hospitality and health to architecture, pools and luxury goods. When she’s not producing copy for clients, this self-confessed word nerd is usually writing and photographing the Byron Bay region for her blog www.livebyron.com.au

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