Green, green, green! Everyone is looking to eat greener and cleaner and more attention is now given to the types of products we use to clean our homes. Is it really worth it?
I think it is worth it on every level! Why would we focus on cleaning our bodies of toxic foods and then spray our homes with toxic chemicals, having no idea how they will affect us or our families?
Here are some common myths about green cleaning and some of the products I use to replace toxic chemicals:
Aren’t green products more expensive? Nope, not if you make your own. Homemade cleaning products are not only safer, they also way more economical.
Vinegar, for example is inexpensive and its acidic qualities help to kill germs and reduce microbial growth. I love to add vinegar and tea tree oil (Melaeluca) to my homemade cleaning products for a natural and safe disinfectant.
Don’t homemade cleaners lack scent? I am a sucker for products that smell good. Actually there are some green cleaners that I choose to buy because I love the scent. However, when you are making your own cleaners you can also customize your scent using essential oils. The essential oils work double-duty because they will enhance the cleaning properties of your solution while adding your favorite scent.
Why make my own cleaners when I can buy already-made natural brand cleaner? I do buy cleaners and I don’t always make my own. Just be sure to read the ingredients before purchasing. There isn’t a strict regulation behind the word “green” and some products still contain toxic chemicals. The best thing about making your own cleaners is that you know what the ingredients are because you put them in there.
Organic Castile Liquid Soap is one of my favorite products for making homemade cleaning solutions. It is a type of soap that is made from plant oils. It is sensitive on skin and it’s Earth-friendly, making it a perfect product to use when making your own household cleaners.
Do green cleaners work as well? Do they disinfect? Yes! We have been fooled into believing that only products that emit crazy fumes can possibly provide a deep clean. Many essential oils have antiseptic and bactericidal properties and these can be added to your homemade cleaning solutions. For example, tea tree oil (Melaeluca) is an essential oil with anti-fungal properties.
Baking soda is also one of my favorite ingredients because it is mild enough to use on most household surfaces. The applications/uses for baking soda are endless and I will share some with you on the blog soon.
Another one to make the list is Borax . It is a natural occurring mineral and has been used by people for over 100 years to clean their home and do their laundry. I sometimes use it as a component in my cleaner recipes or even on its own, as I would any powder cleaner. I have even mixed it with lemon juice to remove rust.
So that’s a little Cleaning Cabinet Makeover! Overall, the biggest benefit to green cleaning is more peace of mind, knowing that your home is clean and fume-free.
I will definitely be sharing some natural cleaning recipes using all the above cleaners, on the blog very soon!
Also as part of this series:
Spring Cleaning Challenge: The Kitchen
Spring Cleaning Challenge: The Bathroom
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