In a world already overloaded with products containing copious amounts of chemicals that are harmful to our health, cleaning products can easily be erased from that list with a few simple, completely natural remedies. Steer clear of the mainstream cleaning products today and use these amazing natural alternatives…for a brighter, cleaner, much healthier home.
Eradicate the toxic gases and dangerous fumes from your home once and for all with a handful of cheap, easily sourced, all natural products that will produce just as good a result as any of the chemicals that you may currently be using. Bleaches are irritating to the skin and respiratory system, ammonia is known to burn, triclosan promotes the development of drug resistant bacteria, whilst being a known carcinogen, and chlorine can cause severe thyroid disruption. Many chemicals contained in our daily cleaning products are included through loop holes in the law and often labelled as “perfume” or “deodorant” on product packaging.
Here you will find the answer to the risks that are being taken by using these products in our homes, exposing our children to and using on our skin. You should find them to be cheap, reliable and the results will be better than any nasty chemical you have previously used.
Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate as it is formally known, is a form of salt and it can deliver a powerful punch when used as a cleaning product. It naturally perfumes surfaces and is incredibly abrasive, making it an excellent alternative for cleaning bathrooms, kitchens, ovens and greasy or stained surfaces. It can also be used to descale your kettle and even used as hand soap!
Perhaps one of the only additions to modern day cleaning products that is completely safe and justified. Lemon juice is a fantastic all round cleaner and can be used for a variety of different purposes, including:
- Destroying mould
- Killing harmful bacteria (antibacterial)
- Removing grease and oil
- Getting rid of rust
- Polishing metal work and most hard surfaces
- Floor cleaning
Lemon juice also gives off a sweet, clean smelling aroma which is much more pleasant than that chemical smell and is not harmful at all if inhaled.
White vinegar is a very cheap and extremely versatile product for many cleaning jobs around the house. Due to its acidic nature, white vinegar is an excellent antibacterial which can be used in the bathroom, kitchen and on greasy or stained surfaces. It can also be used when mixed with water to clean windows, mirrors and leave floors with a gleaming shine. Recent research carried out in Japan has shown that the warmer the vinegar solution is, the faster and more effective it is at destroying bacteria. This again re-instates the need for heat during cleaning in many respects, not the overloading of unnecessary chemicals that are ultimately just bad for our health.
One of the most common ingredients in home kitchens and perhaps the most surprising natural cleaning product is extra virgin olive oil. For advice on the purest olive oils please read our extra virgin article here.
This powerful cleaner can be used for wood and metal polishing, de-greasing ovens and hobs and providing a natural, flawless shine to most kitchen surfaces. Using olive oil is also kind to the skin and produces a naturally pleasant aroma that resonates throughout the house for days after use. As a natural preservative, olive oil can be used on all wooden furniture to ensure it looks its best for longer.
There are many other ways in which natural products can be used instead of all those toxic chemicals on the market today. Even changing one product at a time and experimenting with different mixes and quantities is a great start. We can all help to rid society of the over-production of toxic additives that are nothing more than harmful to both us and the environment – one natural remedy at a time.