Would you ever knowingly keep chemicals in your home that could cause asthma, cancer, neurotoxicity and other diseases in you and your family? Does it surprise you that you might be currently keeping these chemicals under your kitchen sink?
Commercial soaps, cleaners and air fresheners contain extremely harmful chemicals including perchloroethylene, ammonia, chloride and a host of others, all which have been connected to serious illnesses.
Luckily there is a safe and easy alternative. To keep your family healthy and your home squeaky clean, DIY green cleaning products are a no-brainer.
What Are DIY Green Cleaning Products?
Green cleaning products are made from all-natural, safe ingredients that can be used to clean your home. The ingredients are readily available and you probably already have many of them in your cupboards.
By combining a few simple, natural ingredients, you can create an arsenal of cleaning products that are safe, effective and easy to use for a whole range of cleaning chores.
Must-Have Green Cleaning Ingredients
Although you might be more accustomed to using baking soda in your cakes, it’s actually a wonderfully versatile cleaning agent. Its alkaline nature neutralises bad smells, rather than masking them, and easily washes away fats and grease.
Being high in citric acid, lemon juice makes a great all-round cleaner. It easily removes dirt and leaves behind a beautifully fresh lemony smell. Nothing beats the fresh, clean smell of lemon, and unlike commercial cleaning products, this natural substitute won’t compromise your family’s health.
The acidity in vinegar erodes grease and grime, and reduces the growth of new bacteria and mold. Unlike brown vinegar, white vinegar has a much subtler smell, so it’s a great green cleaning ingredient to have in your cupboards.
Now you have a list of the best natural cleaning ingredients, let’s look at some easy DIY cleaning recipes that you can use around your home today.
Easy DIY Cleaning Recipes
Combine baking soda, tea tree oil and water in a spray bottle for an effective spray-on mold remover. The tea tree oil is antibacterial and adds an extra punch to the baking powder.
Spray liberally onto the surface and scrub with an old toothbrush. The baking soda will create a paste, making it easy to get into those nooks and crannies.
Simply add a small bowl of baking soda to your fridge or freezer to absorb those overwhelming smells. Or sprinkle some into your bins, kitty litter or garbage disposal to remove nasty smells. This is a great, natural air freshener that won’t compromise your family’s fresh air.
Add white vinegar with water in a spray bottle and you’ve created an easy DIY toilet cleaner! The acidity in the vinegar cuts through grime and stains without leaving behind nasty chemicals and residue.
If you need a tougher cleaner, increase the ratio of white vinegar and spray around the toilet bowl. Then sprinkle in some baking soda to create a natural foaming cleaner that will keep your toilet bowl fresh and clean.
Mix lemon juice and water in a spray bottle for a gorgeous, natural glass cleaner. To keep your windows streak free, spray the solution on the window and wipe off with crumpled newspaper. This stops streaks and leaves you with beautifully clean windows.
As you can see, these simple, all-natural ingredients can be used for a whole host of cleaning chores around the house. And because these all-natural cleaners are safe and healthy, you have an opportunity to get creative! How are you going to use DIY green cleaning products around your house?
About the author:
Kelli is a healthy lifestyle blogger for GroomAndStyle.com. In her free time, you’ll likely find her reading or doing something outdoors.