The secret to a well-kept home also has to do with how clean it is. The last few years into the pandemic have particularly made us take notice of our cleaning rituals. Sanitizing our homes, keeping surfaces and corners in our homes clear of germs and maintaining a healthy and hygienic environment as much as possible. While we have been successful in keeping the germs out to a large extent on the issue of toxins, you would be surprised how they have managed to access our private space without much trouble.
According to studies, most of the regular cleaning products found in the supermarket contain phosphorous, ammonia and nitrogen, which are incredibly harmful to humans and the environment. It’s crucial you get into the habit of reading labels and ensuring that these chemicals stay out of your homes. For instance, if you spot perchloroethylene (PERC), formaldehyde, 2-Butoxyethanol, ammonia, sodium hydroxide, chlorine etc., it’s best to avoid those products entirely.
Did you know that ammonia is found in most dishwashing and
laundry detergents, all-purpose cleaners, and glass cleaners can cause irritation to the human tissue? Exposure to it for an extended period can also negatively impact your lungs. What’s more, it has the potential to damage the mucous membrane and cardiovascular system permanently.
Other chemicals can leave you with skin irritation, eye burns, dermatitis, breathing problems and aggravation of autoimmune conditions like asthma and eczema. But that’s not all. These harmful toxins also impact the environment and wildlife. So, what are we saying? Do we stop cleaning our homes in fear of these harmful toxins? Of course not! It’s not all doom and gloom. The way to more eco-friendly cleaning lies in going green in cleaning solutions, where the products claim to keep the nasty toxins out of your products. Or better still, you could get into the game of DIY products made of healthy ingredients from your pantry. Surprised? Don’t be. Here’s how you can have that squeaky clean home without inviting the toxins into your homes.
Some of the lesser-known heroes hiding in your pantry can offer great alternatives to toxic cleaning products. But that’s not all. Concoctions made of these ingredients can tackle the greasiest surfaces and give you a great smelling home. These ingredients include baking powder, olive oil, white vinegar, castile soap, fresh herbs, hydrogen peroxide, citrus peel. Additionally, you can also use essential oils. For instance, lemongrass oil, tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil are all products that are readily available in your fridge or pantry and can take on any amount of dust, grime, germs and grease.
Here are quick and simple ways to use these to clean your house. The next time you are thinking of cleaning the floors in your home, combine half water and half vinegar and mix the solution. You can use a mop or sponge to apply the solution to your tiles or floors to get great results minus the toxins.
Thinking of unclogging your bathroom drains or your kitchen sink? Well, you can bid goodbye to those smelly chemical solutions entirely. Simply pour half a cup of baking soda and one cup of vinegar down the drain. Wait for fifteen minutes while it fizzes, then rinse with hot boiling water. You can also leave the solution overnight to take care of stubborn blockages.
Numerous homemade concoctions will come to your cleaning rescue. It need not be elaborate or pinch your pockets either. Replacing cleaning products full of harmful chemicals and toxins is a wise and healthy choice. Making the switch will have your health and family thanking you for it.
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