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.
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 Soda – use baking soda to clean, scrub and scour tough, cooked on messes, neutralise household odour and soften water
Borax – also 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
Cornstarch – this 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 oil – rich 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!