Overall, using natural cleaning products is a safer, healthier, and more environmentally friendly option that can benefit both you and the planet.
Using natural cleaning products is important for several reasons:
Better for your health
Many conventional cleaning products contain harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances that can be harmful to your health. Exposure to these chemicals can cause skin irritations, respiratory problems, and even more serious health issues in the long term. Natural cleaning products are made from plant-based ingredients that are gentler on your skin and respiratory system, reducing the risk of these health problems.
Better for the environment
Conventional cleaning products contain chemicals that can be harmful to the environment. These chemicals can pollute waterways, harm wildlife, and contribute to air pollution. Natural cleaning products are made from biodegradable and renewable ingredients, reducing their impact on the environment.
Safer for children and pets
Children and pets are more vulnerable to the harmful effects of conventional cleaning products because of their smaller size and developing bodies. Natural cleaning products are safer for them to be around, reducing the risk of accidental exposure.
Natural cleaning products can be made from simple, inexpensive ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice. They are often less expensive than conventional cleaning products, which can be a significant cost savings over time.
Here are some cleaning hacks using natural products:
1. Lemon juice: Lemon juice can be used as a natural cleaner for surfaces and appliances. Dilute with water and use a cloth to wipe down surfaces. It also works wonders to remove tough stains from clothes, cutting boards (with a sprinkle of salt), and kitchen sink.
2. Baking soda: baking soda can be used as a gentle abrasive cleaner for items such as sinks and countertops. It can also remove odors (try putting a small bowl with bicarb in your fridge) and stains. Mix with water to form a paste to clean ovens, grout, and stubborn stains.
3. Vinegar: Use a 50-50 solution of water and vinegar to clean windows, mirrors, and countertops. It is also a natural fabric softener and can remove soap scum from showers and baths. Have you tried diluting vinegar with water and spray it on your shirts before ironing? Life changing.
4. Salt: Salt can be used to remove stains from carpet and upholstery. Mix with lemon juice to create a paste and rub it into the stain, then vacuum.
5. Essential oils: Essential oils such as tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil have natural antibacterial and antifungal properties and can be used to clean surfaces and freshen the air. You can also add a few drops of essential oils such as lemon, lavender, or eucalyptus to cleaning solutions for a fresh scent.
6. Borax: Borax can be used as a natural alternative to commercial cleaning products for tasks such as removing mould and mildew, cleaning laundry and unclogging drains.
7. Castile soap: Castile soap is a natural vegetable-based soap that can be used for a variety of cleaning tasks such as washing dishes, cleaning floors and laundry.
Remember to always spot test natural cleaning products before using them on surfaces, as they may cause damage or discoloration.