Written by Janyce Rideout | @clarityclean
I often wonder about the value of green cleaning products. Are they really better for the environment, or are they more of a marketing gimmick to sell new (and typically more expensive) products? I know when my kids were small I was paranoid about what I used to wash the floor because they were crawling everywhere and putting everything in their mouths. Was my paranoia justified or was it simply a result of popular marketing?
After doing some research, I realize that my concerns are justified as the list of unsafe chemicals on the market grows every year. In fact, Sara Snow, author of “Sara Snow’s Fresh Living,” shares the reasons why people should make the switch to green cleaning products. She has found that the use of household spray can increase the risk of developing asthma, which is the most common chronic illness in society today. Not only are household cleaners harmful to our air quality, they are pollutants to the water system and atmosphere. They also can cause chemical burns to skin and eyes.
Overall, green products are definitely the way to go, however they can be pricey. Environmentalism often comes at a cost. As an alternative to store bought products, consider this list of DIY cleaning products simply made from items you probably have in your pantry.
- All-purpose Cleaner. Add one tablespoon dish soap to one bottle of water.
- Tub/Tile/Degreaser. Mix equal parts of vinegar and liquid dish soap.
- Glass Cleaner. Mix equal parts of vinegar and water.
- Mix equal parts water and rubbing alcohol.
- Stain Remover. Two parts Hydrogen Peroxide and one part liquid dish soap.
- Homemade Wipes. Cut up paper towels in squares. Soak them in equal parts of vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and vodka. Add an essential oil of your choice. Place soaked towels in storage container.
If you are using a Home Cleaning Service, make sure they are using Eco-friendly products to clean your home. The toxins in regular chemicals will live in your home long after your cleaner has left. However, if all the health benefits and environmental concerns aren’t enough to persuade you, remember…
Do you have any good DIY cleaning recipes? Share them in the comments below.
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