Why I Switched to Green Cleaning
I was raised to be a “brand fan” when it came to household cleaning products and as busy as life can be, it was so easy to fall into that category. Once I became a mother I wanted a better healthier lifestyle for me and my children, cleaning chemical free was especially important when they were babies. From then, I went back to the basics and researched DIY green cleaning recipes.
Ever since then I’ve basically replaced most commercial cleaners in my home with basic everyday natural ingredients. Which not only feels better but helped me save a TON of money in the long run!
Benefits Of Natural Alternatives
Better Air Quality
Leave the chemical fumes behind and opt out for some essential oils or vinegar to help deodorize and refresh the air. Even boiling some spices or citrus fruit peels can help.
Saves Money In The Long Run
Look at it this way, you can buy a jug of vinegar for less than two dollars and incorporate a fraction in your own DIY cleaning mix. Saves you tons of bucks from having to constantly buy new products when you run out, this way you just refill with your own recipe.
Better For The Environment
Whenever we clean with or dispose of our toxic products we leave our earth in a fatal state. All those hazardous chemicals release into the air and weaken our ecosystem. Play it safe and think about mother natures roll in our children’s future, go green.
Safer For Babies & Children
Since birth, our little ones can’t help but want to touch everything! With that being said, us parents like to keep everything as germ-free as possible. Almost everything they touch ends up in their mouths or eyes, including what we use to clean our homes. Cleaning more naturally will lessen your child’s exposure to toxic chemicals that have been proven to lead to developmental issues from long-term exposure.
You Can Control Your Ingredients
This is where you get the most control and freedom over what ingredients are being placed in your home. If you don’t like one, swap it out for another! You’ll be able to really craft up something that works best for you and your family.
Natural Ingredients for Green Cleaning
White Vinegar: disinfectant, stain remover.
A powerful cleaner that is perfect for deodorizing and disinfecting majority of surfaces. Great for cleaning tough scum, or daily household items (phone, controller, doorknobs).
Castile Soap: Powerful Natural Sudder.
This is a great one as it’s made from natural based ingredients and is tough enough to use for deep cleaning (when added to a DIY recipe or water) but gentle enough to be used on your skin and everyday sentences.
Baking Soda: whitening, scrubbing, deodorizing.
Adding water to the baking soda can create a paste-like texture that is great for cleaning dirty surfaces such as the oven, sink, or bathroom.
A simpler replacement for baking soda to help scrub stubborn spots. The best salt to use is Kosher as the grains are much coarser.
Lemons: stain remover, deodorizer.
Best used as a deodorizer when boiled, or added to a mixture. Lemons are also great to use when scrubbing with baking soda and vinegar, taking out tough scum.
Hydrogen Peroxide: stain remover, disinfecting.
Works well when mixed into a paste with baking soda, leave on the spot for a couple of minutes then wipe or gently scrub away. This is also great for removing a blood nose stain from clothing!
Essential Oils: natural air freshener, deordorizer.
Although these are a great natural alternative, please use with caution as these are very strong and can possibly be harmful if used incorrectly. Adding a few drops to your DIY cleaners can give it a boost and add extra antibacterial agents. If you have a nebula or diffuser add a few of your favourite scents to it and let it mist into the air for cleaner air quality.
What are some of your green cleaning friendly products or recipes you love?
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