Bacteria and germs ewwwww; annnnd mustering up the energy to clean the house…. also ewwwww. HA. Ok, we’re joking about the second one. Although seriously, as we battle the war against a dirty home are we becoming more and more reliant on convenient and easy cleaning products?
You know the ones…those wipes you own that are a little hard on the environment but save you five minutes’ worth of cleaning time every time you use them? Or that product you use to clean your bathroom with that kind of makes you feel dizzy and a little faint when you do…(not sure if that’s a good thing LOL.)
Anyway, if this sounds like you, have you ever wondered whether it might be time to ease up a little on the harsh chemical laden cleaning products? Sure, they might save you time but you might find that some of the ingredients used have been linked to asthma, skin irritation and even cancer. So could they really be worth it?
Well, no. (Especially if you are pregnant.) However, the honest truth that sometimes these chemicals do work better than green products anyway so we’re on the fence about it all. BUT it doesn’t hurt to give a few other options a go.
Especially since the toxic and corrosive chemicals in a heap of cleaning products have a tendency to linger in the air and rest on surfaces making it easy for us to continue absorbing them long after they’ve been used.
On another high, using chemical free cleaning solutions could also save you some serious cash (to spend on clothes maybe? Just an idea.) So why not give some of the below options a try! You never know, with spring cleaning season upon us, you might just fall in love!
Ok, this one stinks so if you’re not a fan of the smell of vinegar you’ll need to cross this off your list. However, did you know that white vinegar is actually a really good stainless steel cleaner? For real! Pour a little onto a microfiber cloth and wipe in the direction of the grain of the stainless steel and TA DA. It’ll be super clean. Also works as a way to clean your dishwasher. Just pour one cup into the bottom of an empty dishwasher and run a normal cycle. It’ll help get rid of any material build up. Promise.
Need to clean your oven? Baking soda will be your jam and a paste of baking soda and water is a loved method by many greenies as a way to do it. All you have to do is make a paste on the bottom of the oven, leave for a few hours and then wipe off. THIS POST explains the logistics of it all a little better.
Natural air freshener
Make your house smell good by spraying essential oils in the air. They’re relatively easy to source (Jurlique do amazing aromatherapy mists ). Or alternatively, you could make your own air freshener? All you have to do is simmer your favourite natural ingredients in a small pot of water then pop into a little spray bottle and spray into the air! We love orange, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves – kinda smells like pumpkin pie!
Dr Bronner’s Liquid Soaps
And in the instance that making stuff sounds like too much work just head into a health food store and look for a Dr Bronner’s soap instead. They produce a Pure Castille Liquid Soap (that ranges in price from $5.95 - $32.95 depending on the size), which can be used 18 different ways: surface cleaner, hand sanitiser, body wash etc… so will both save you time and money! Anyway they're worth a shot.
Images: VOGUE; Words: Yadira Galarza Cauchi
Tell us, have you tried any of these chemical free cleaning solutions? What do you like to clean with?