Tips For Organic Cleaning
Summer is right around the corner, and that means it is time to give your home, office, and car a proper spring cleaning. If you want the inside of your home to be as fresh as a spring morning, consider using all natural products.
Why Non-Organic Cleaners Are Bad
Non-organic cleaners are made with a cocktail of chemicals that most people can’t even pronounce, let alone understand what they are doing to the environment. These chemicals are so toxic that they are covered with warnings and need to be locked up around children and pets. Using these products puts chemicals into the air and raises the risk of asthma. The air quality inside many homes are 2-5 times more polluted than the air outside the house from toxic products, according to the EPA.
The chemicals we use to clean are also left on household surfaces such as countertops and floors. Small children and pets spend the majority of their time either on the floor or close to it. Children and pets explore with their mouth, and they end up ingesting these residual chemicals. Finally, these products seep into the water supply. Over time they build up in our waterways and affect the wildlife, flora, and fauna.
Benefits of Organic Cleaning
Eco-friendly products give you a healthier home to live in. They minimize the impact on the ozone because they do not release harmful chemicals into the air. They reduce pollution to our waterways. In addition, organic products are less expensive than most household products sold in stores. You can use ingredients that you already have on hand such as vinegar, lemon juice, and olive oil.
Finally, you don’t have to worry about your children getting into your supplies or breathing the fumes. In fact, you can give your little ones a sponge of their own and they can “help” with the house cleaning!
According to the FDA, antibacterial products are no better than regular soap. In fact, frequent use of antibacterial products increases bacterial resistance to antibiotics according to the AMA. Overuse of antibacterial products is not only NOT protecting you and your family against getting sick, it’s contributing to stronger more resistant strains of bacteria.
Finally, the use of harsh and toxic cleaners accelerates the deterioration of your floor, countertops, and furniture. You can protect your property and family by using organic products. It might take longer to clean since the products are more gentle, but your family will be healthier for it.
Ingredients in Regular Cleaners
Governmental regulations do not require the ingredients to be listed on regular household cleaners. While these products have made cleaning easier and quicker, they are toxic and harmful. Some of ingredients most commonly found in household cleaners are:
- Chlorine Bleach: This is the corrosive substance most often found in oven cleaners, drain cleaners, and toilet cleaners.
- Ammonia: This is a corrosive ingredient found in almost every household cleaner. Combining ammonia and chlorine bleach creates highly dangerous fumes. These are two ingredients you don’t even want in your home.
- Lye: This is combined with ammonia to make a strong oven cleaner, and makes chloramine gas, which can be seriously dangerous to your health.
- Subsiding Agents: While there is a fairly low percentage of subsiding agents in most cleaners, these are considered highly toxic. DEA (diethanolamine) and TEA (triethanolamine) are cancer causing nitrosamines, among others.
- APEs: Alkylphenol ethoxylates are found in detergents and toilet cleaners. These chemicals can lead to an increased risk of breast cancer.
- Phosphates: Phosphates are common in laundry detergents and cleaners and have harmful effects on aquatic life when washed into our streams and lakes.
Tips to Make Simple Home Organic Cleaners
There are a few simple ingredients needed to make the vast majority of house cleaning and office cleaning products. When you are organizing your organic kit, you should include:
- white vinegar
- lemon juice
- baking soda
- washing soda
- tea tree
- natural liquid soap or detergent
- Any essential oil you desire for fragrance (optional)
Following are tips to organizing your own organic cleaners.
Make an all-purpose cleaner that will work on the majority of the surfaces in your home by combining 1/4 cup white vinegar, 2 tablespoons baking soda, 1/4 gallon hot water, and a few drops of essential oils. This works great for car detailing and laundry as well.
For rust stains, use a paste of cream of tarter and water. For lime buildup, line the area with paper towels soaked with vinegar and let them sit for an hour. The deposits will soften and become easier to remove
To clean bathtubs and showers, mix 1/2 vinegar with 1/2 water. Let it soak for 30 minutes before rinsing off. Vinegar doesn’t leave a residue like soap does. Another good bathroom cleaner is soda water and salt in a spray bottle. The soda bubbles, the salt is abrasive, and together they are a good way to clean soap residue. To clean the toilet, add 10 drops of tea tree oil to 3 cups of white vinegar and let it soak in the toilet for 15 minutes. Natural bathroom cleaners can use citrus juices and extracts, vinegar, and baking soda. These will eliminate stains and odors and prevent buildup.
You can make a natural disinfectant with 4 tablespoons of vinegar, 2 teaspoon of borax, 1/4 teaspoon liquid castile soap, and 3 cups of hot water.
To clean linoleum or vinyl, use 1 cup white vinegar, 3 drops of baby oil, and 1 gallon of warm water. For wooden floors, use equal parts vinegar and vegetable oil.
Consider Using An Organic Cleaning Service
In this hectic and busy life we all lead, consider using an all-natural service to do your office cleaning, house cleaning, and car detailing.