Friday, December 21, 2018

Natural Alternatives To Harmful Chemical Cleaners

We all want a clean and sparkling home that makes us feel relaxed, safe and at ease. Yet, many of us are unaware of just how much our willingness to get one can lead to us inadvertently damaging the planet. Harsh chemical cleaners may be great for cleaning away dust, grease and grime, but when they’re washed down our drains they can well and truly wreak havoc with our oceans. Here we’ll take a look at just how harmful our over reliance on chemicals for a clean and fragrant home can be as well as looking at some affordable natural alternatives which will do the job just as well…

The cost of cleanliness

Many of us are unaware of just how harmful the products we keep under the sink are, not only to the environment but with any children and animals with whom we share our homes. Many of the cleaning products we rely on use volatile organic compounds. These enter our waste water and are unable to be filtered out by the usual wastewater treatment processes. They then enter our freshwater supplies where they can kill marine life both through poisoning them and damaging the aquatic plant life upon which they are reliant. Moreover, these products are invariably packaged in non-recyclable plastics which go into landfill waste where they can leach harmful compounds into our planet’s oceans.

It needn’t be this way, though. Just as the home can be made safer and more relaxing by using natural decor, so too can natural alternatives make keeping a spotlessly clean home safer. Let’s take a look at some alternatives. Don’t worry, they’ll do the job just as well and just as quickly;

Brands that use natural products

The good news is that there are a plethora of brands out there that produce cleaning products that get the same great results without the environmentally damaging compounds. Just take a look at and the great line of environmentally sound cleaning products on offer. Not only do they contain no harmful ammonia, nitrogen, phosphorous, sulfates or other volatile compounds, they’re completely biodegradable. They’re also totally affordable, especially with the current offer of 10% off your first purchase!

Bicarbonate of soda

Baking soda has been a staple of clean but cash strapped families for centuries and is quite often used in whitening toothpastes. Well, guess what? If it can make your teeth sparkling white, it can do the exact same for your kitchen and bathroom. Mix it into a paste with water and it’s great for everything from your oven to the grout between your bathroom tiles.

White vinegar

Vinegar’s acidic properties make it great for cutting through grease and grime as well as soap scum. Dilute vinegar in water with a little lemon juice and spray on windows for a sparkling shine, mix one part vinegar with two parts water for an incredible natural fabric softener or pour undiluted vinegar around the top of your toilet bowl for a sparkling alternative to harmful bleach based cleaners.

With just a little knowhow and a few judicious choices you can make your home sparkle while doing good for the environment and saving money!

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