Have you been wanting to go green when it comes to cleaning your home?
Maybe you have no idea where to start, or you’ve wondered if it’s even worth your time or energy.
I get it.
It can be overwhelming to think about adding one more thing to the long list of to-do’s, and maybe you’re not the ‘crafty DIY type’. I used to feel the same way when it came to making the switch to non-toxic, green cleaning products. I grew up in a home that was full of your conventional cleaning staples, and I always thought… I survived, so it can’t be that bad… can it?
Hear me out.
Today I’m going to share the top 3 reasons why you should start green cleaning today!
Plus I’ll also share some super simple DIY recipes for your most commonly used cleaning products to help you get started.
Reason #1: Safer for your Home & Health
Warning! Keep out of reach of children! Flammable! Harmful if swallowed! Toxic!
It isn’t hard to tell just how dangerous some of the everyday conventional cleaning products are. All you have to do is read the label.
Some especially toxic household cleaners include ammonia, chlorine bleach, aerosol, detergents, petroleum distillates, phthalates, and toluene. Unfortunately, nearly every conventional cleaning product contains at least one of these ingredients, and often more than one.
If we can’t ingest these products, then we likely shouldn’t be allowing them to absorb into our skin either. Toxic is toxic, regardless of how you put it. Many of these ingredients not only harm the skin, but they also give off toxic fumes that affect the person using the product and others in the area.
The most vulnerable are your little ones. Due to their size, small children and pets tend to be more vulnerable to chemical exposures.
Reason #2: Help Support the Environment
Now that we’re seeing drastic climate change, toxic oceans, and contaminated water all over the world — a lot of us are really starting to think about the impact we make on the planet. Even if you don’t think you can make a difference, you can!
Conventional cleaning products contain ingredients that are toxic, hazardous, non-biodegradable, and are from non-renewable resources like petroleum, so they adversely affect the earth’s ecosystems.
It all starts by being a conscious consumer — knowing about the products you’re using, and the effect they have on a larger scale. When you choose to use green cleaning products, you are casting a vote to protect the environment.
Reason #3: Make Cleaning Easier + Save Money
The best thing about using green cleaners, is that most of them do multiple jobs at once, so you won’t have to purchase other products! That not only saves you money, but also simplifies the cleaning process.
The green cleaning scene is also on the rise! More and more, you are seeing manufactures step up to the plate with competitively priced natural alternatives to conventional chemical-laden products.
Whether you decide to do store-bought or DIY recipes, today’s green cleaning products have been proven to clean just as well as, if not better than, conventional cleaning products — all without the long list of side effects!
If you do decide to go the DIY route here are some super simple DIY green cleaning recipes to help you get started.
- 1 cup water
- 3 tbsp vinegar
- 2 tsp pure vegetable liquid soap
- 5-10 drops of essential oil (optional)
- Empty spray bottle
Combine all ingredients in the empty spray bottle. Shake well before using. Spray onto surfaces, and then wipe clean.
(for tubs, tile, sinks, ovens, pots, and pans)
- ½ cup baking soda
- 3 tbsp pure vegetable liquid soap
- ½ cup water
- 10-15 drops of essential oil (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a small jar. Use small amounts on damp cloth. Apply on desired surface, wipe and scrub surfaces until clean. Rinse surface with water.
Storage: If mixture dries out, add a few drops of water to moisten and soften.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- ½ cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 15 drops essential oil
- Empty spray bottle
Combine vinegar and essential oil in spray bottle. Shake well before using. Spray onto toilet seat, in bowl, etc. and wipe clean. Sprinkle baking soda into toilet bowl and scrub clean.
Once I started to explore the world of non-toxic, biodegradable, and naturally derived cleaning products — I was blown away by how many options were available to get the job done!
Making the switch doesn’t have to mean that you have to complicate the process or compromise a clean home.
Whether you decide to use the store bought, natural cleaning options (we carry a large selection at Healthoholics for you to try out), or go the DIY route, you can rest easy knowing you are protecting your family’s health, and the planet.
Have you ever made your own cleaning products at home? If not, we’d love for you to try one of these recipes, and let us know what you think in the comments below!
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