US consumers spend over $600 million per year on natural cleaning products and saving money is one of the main factors they consider when buying these products according to a report which states that almost 60% of green buying choices are made to save money.
Most of us know and understand the fact that when it comes to our homes, we love them to be sparkling clean – we love it when visitors come over and everything is fresh, sparkling clean and fresh. After all, home is where the heart is.
But to keep our homes looking sparkling clean, there are many different types of cleaning products that we to purchase that go towards keeping our houses spotless.
Here’s everything that’s covered in this Natural Cleaning Products report:
- The Dangers Of Toxic Cleaning Products
- Harmful Chemicals In Cleaning Products
- What Does Green, Natural And Biodegradable Mean?
- Homemade Natural Cleaner Recipes
- Cleaning With Essential Oils
Making Your Home Healthier With Natural Cleaning Products
We will toss bathroom cleaners, kitchen cleaners, products that remove stubborn grease and oils, products that will get rid of bugs like bed bugs, cockroaches, flies, mosquitoes and the like. The cleaning products we buy are intended to clean what we buy them for – and we were raised to keep our home clean, so we do just that, with all the ‘right’ products from our grocery store.
But have you ever considered what is actually contained in these products?
When you do realize that you are allowing toxins and poisons to share your home with you, you will begin to understand the impact these toxins are having on you and your family’s health – that all that inhaling, wheezing, sniffing, sneezing ingesting and suffering from asthma, colds, flu, aching joints, etc. could in all likelihood be caused by chemically toxic cleaning products.
Actually, what is contained in those products could directly be impacting on your life – for sure.
Using toxic cleaning products is similar to smoking
Scientists from the University of Bergen, Norway have been studying, for over 20 years, the impact of cleaning products on the health of humans. They reported back that when we use chemical-containing cleaning products in our homes, we might just as well be smoking 20 cigarettes a day!
A study done by the European Community Respiratory Health wanted to look at the impact on people’s lungs from using commercial cleaning products. They selected candidates from over 22 locations in the world. Those who participated were questioned on how often they used cleaning products – then the functioning of their lungs was tested and measured.
The study proved that women who did cleaning at home or cleaners whose professional job was cleaning showed a more rapid decline in their health against women who did no cleaning. The researchers suggested that in a matter of 10-20 years, it was equivalent for those women to be smoking a pack of cigarettes a day over that time period.
Further findings also reveal the link between cleaning products, asthma, and respiratory problems.
Thing is, typical average household houses around 60 chemicals which are toxic; this according to the environmental experts and which we are exposed to. The manufacturers will argue that because there are such small amounts in their products, it surely would not present with problems.
But this is not the case. When being exposed to chemical cleaners daily, and in combination-forms which have not even been studied yet, it is playing a risky game. Some of these products contain chemicals and toxins in them that when opening the lid, almost immediately produce headaches, skin-burning, and watering eyes.
Sometimes, inhaling them, some can almost take our breath away!
When exposing yourself to certain chemicals just a couple of times, you might not cause yourself bodily harm, but chemicals can build up in your body, causing harm over time, and which can trigger off other diseases. Get this concept – the pollutions that are in both air and water that you want to escape from is already in you.
None of us can avoid being exposed to nasty toxic chemicals, but we can start to reduce them in our home.
Before showing you wonderful natural solutions to these chemical products, you need to know which ones are the worst offenders –
You will find this chemical in many of the lovely aroma products like soaps, air fresheners, sometimes even the scented toilet papers. Because of certain proprietary rules, some companies don’t even need to disclose the fact that their products contain phthalates.
Look at the label though and see if you notice “fragrance” appearing on the bottle – that’s probably got phthalates in it. Some men have been known to have lowered sperm counts; this from a study dated 2003, and all because of this toxin, Phthalates.
You will find Perchloroethylene in your spot removers, carpet cleaners, dry cleaning and upholstery products. Did you know that Perchloroethylene is a toxin which works on your nervous system? If you live in a building where a dry-cleaner operates, you are open to this chemical which can cause coordination loss, dizziness, etc.
Fortunately, there are some states like California for example who want to get rid of ‘Perc’ by 2023.
Triclosan is to be found in your soaps – soaps that get your hands cleansed – which might even say ‘antibacterial’ on them. Your dishwashing liquids contain this as well. Triclosan is actually a very aggressive agent to fight bacteria. It promotes drug-resistant bacterial growth.
Studies are showing that there are actually some dangerous amounts of this chemical to be found in places where this algae grows, in an attempt to get rid of it.
Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (“QUATS”)
Those lovely smelling softening liquids that smell of fresh apples or tiny powdered babies contain this dangerous chemical. You will find these also in products marked “antibacterial.” QUATS is suspected of irritating the skin and causing, if not even developing asthma and respiratory conditions.
You will find 2-Butoxyethanol in your multi-purpose and window cleaning products. It forms part of the powerful solvents. Again, laws don’t require that this chemical is listed on the labeling, but yet it contributes towards sore throats, narcosis, severe kidney and liver problems or pulmonary edema.
Ammonia is found in cleaning agents for places like your sinks, in the bathroom and fixtures. It gets used for cleaning jewelry and glass. Ammonia cleans windows and glass making it sparkle, but underneath that sparkle is a strong ingredient which causes irritation to those who suffer from asthma and lung problems.
Chlorine is used for cleaning swimming pools and toilet bowls, etc. It makes the laundry nice and white, it removes mildew and it’s even added to the city water systems to keep the water clear from bacteria. That means when you bath or shower, there is probably chlorine in the water; chlorine can even cause problems to your thyroid.
Sodium Hydroxide is found in drains and oven cleaners. Another name for this chemical is lye and it is very corrosive. If you get some of this on your hands or worse, your eyes, you can be seriously burned. If you inhale it, it is so toxic that your throat can be sore for days on end.
Lysol is like a deodorizing spray – it does a good job of cleaning and deodorizing the air. This sticky like spray is sprayed into the air and what it does, it doesn’t diminish odors but it masks them. You inhale them and because they are sticky they coat the hairs in your nose, so all you can smell is Lysol.
The sticky participles also get inhaled into your lungs, which will produce mucous to try and rid itself of the Lysol. All the excess mucous causes coughing and wheezing, and if you have an asthmatic reaction, you could find yourself in some emergency room at your nearest hospital. Don’t use it!
People buy it for in their bathrooms, and yet is it classified by the FDA as a pesticide!
What does green, natural and biodegradable mean?
Seeing pleasant-sounding words like ‘green’, ‘natural’ and ‘biodegradable’ doesn’t mean the product is non-toxic. Several years back, in 2010, a company by the name of TerraChoice Group, submitted a report, titled ‘The Sins of Greenwashing – reporting that more than ninety-five percent of products were found faulty of being greenwashed.
Unfortunately, there are many companies who realize that it’s much cheaper for them to claim that their products are health-protective, environmentally friendly and safe to use than to actually live by their claims.
This is called greenwashing – when a company deliberately misleads customers about the real impact of its products and practices.
Fortunately, you can detox your home with natural DIY cleaners that are safe, cheap and which do a splendid job. Here are some fantastic remedies that will work in your home, and keep you healthier and probably living longer: (buy this book too, for fantastic recipes if you are serious about keeping your home clean and you yourself healthy and happy).
A Few Natural Cleaning Products Recipes
- A general sink cleanser
Mix up half-cup bicarbonate of soda with 6-drops either lavender, lemon, rosemary, orange or lime essential oil). Rinse sink out, using hot water, then adding above mixture to sink. Pour quarter-cup vinegar over, allowing mixture to fizz. When the fizz has settled, scrub the sink with a cloth or a sponge, rinsing once again, using hot water.
- Oven cleaner
Place a dish (heat-proof) in the oven, filled up with water, turning oven heat on so that the water steams, softening up any hardened grease. When the oven cools down, make a mixture out of equal portions of salt, vinegar, and baking soda and scrub well.
- Get rid of bathroom mildew
Remember that a well-ventilated room always goes towards preventing mold and mildew. But if and when they occur, get a plastic spray bottle, enough for two cups water to which a ¼-teaspoon of lavender essential and tea-tree essential oil has been added. Shake bottle and then spray on the mildew and mold spots. These essential oils have the capacity to start eliminating the mold and mildew.
- Natural shampoo for carpets:
Take three cups water, adding three-quarter cup liquid soap (vegetable based). Next, add ten drops of Peppermint essential oil. As it gets rubbed into the carpet, the foam will appear; rub this well into the dirty parts of the carpet with damp cloth or sponge, allowing drying naturally. Then you can vacuum.
Other methods of keeping your home spick and span naturally
- Make your own laundry soap: Soap nuts are a good idea, and it’s made using the dried fruits from the Soapberry Tree. Sometimes you can buy soap which is reusable, from online shops, and which comes in a sack made out of cotton, which you can throw into your wash-machine along with your clothes.
- When it comes to dusting, forego that nice smelling furniture spray or polish. Rather opt for using a cloth consisting of microfibers. A microfiber cloth captures more dust than a regular cloth does. If you feel like a bit of gloss to your furniture, you could even apply a bit of olive oil.
- A high-quality air purifier goes a long way because the filters are excellent at removing tiny pollutants like dust, pollen, and tobacco smoke. Good activated carbon filters absorb volatile organic compounds or VOCs and chemical particles from the air. Look for air purifiers that have both the activated carbon filter as well as the HEPA filter.
- Buy plants for your home that are good at cleaning toxins from the air. Good examples are Chrysanthemums, English Ivy, Gerbera Daisies, etc.
Chemical cleaners are made to look and smell good
Manufacturers of chemical products churn out products that have tantalizing fragrances; there are rose smells, vanilla smells, lavender field smells, potpourri and so much more. But these are definitely not natural aromas – they are chemicals that you breathe in, smelling like Nature itself, but which are actually affecting your health negatively.
It is far better to smell real cinnamon for instance or real vanilla pods that you can simmer on your stove to bring out the lovely aromas, saving your brain cells from getting damaged as well!
Essential oils, too, have fantastic scents and you can add a couple drops of essential oils to your homemade cleaners. Always ensure that the products you buy and use are natural and not chemically-derived scents.
Today, people are realizing the bad effects that chemical cleaners can have on their lives; floors and surfaces that they once cleaned with toxic chemicals and which they prepared food on and allowed their children and pets to play on.
These same people are determined to go natural, opting now to clean their surfaces with a mixture of water and vinegar, adding in natural scents of essential oils.
In fact, you can just about clean anything from this list of Natural Cleaning Products:
- Lemon juice
- Baking soda,
- Natural soaps (hemp or Castile)
- Hydrogen peroxide
Start stocking your home cabinets with the above products – if you don’t like that sour vinegary smell, then you can always add in drops of essential oils such as lavender. Essential oils provide aromatherapy benefits too.
Lavender essential oils have a soothing, calming effect on the brain. Or take lemon or orange essential oil – fresh and clean. Here is another site to look at, especially if you are a beginner and eager to introduce natural products into your home.
You will love the basic, easy recipes, and they work!
It’s wise not to ignore what essential oils can do for your cleaning and health!
What essential oils do is they help you in replacing harmful toxic cleaners from your home, and best of all, you don’t have to spend a lot of money. Just read how you can transform your cleaning methods with essential oils and then make your own delightful recipes from the link provided:
People might think that essential oils will never be suitable for cleaning the bathroom – after all, how do you cut through all those germs and dirt, right? But no. Essential oils like eucalyptus, tea tree and oregano are proven essential oils to even work against viruses in the body such as influenza, norovirus and horrible Staphylococcus aureus.
Everyone also knows about the wonders of baking soda and vinegar to scour your bath and absorb grease. All you need to do further is to add a favorite essential oil mentioned above to enhance the cleaning experience.
Lemon, lime, and orange are noted particularly to be natural degreasing agents, plus they all have antimicrobial properties. It might be hard to get excited to clean a bathroom, but you will get excited when you see what a difference essential oils make.
Bedrooms contain dust and plenty of airborne microbes that can cause linens etc. to take on a musty smell. But you can freshen up the bedroom with things like essential oil mattress sprays such as eucalyptus, tea tree, rosemary, and lavender, not forgetting Siberian Fir.
All you have to do is add a few drops of any of these essential oils in a spray bottle that has water added and you spray liberally onto the mattress.
Look here for an excellent kitchen cleaner using hydrogen peroxide – remember you can add essential oils too. Black pepper essential oil goes well with this cleaner. Research also shows how effective black pepper essential oil is against many bacteria.
Whether it is carpets or hardwood floors, essential oils are excellent for effectively cleaning floors. For tiles and hardwood floors, the lemon essential oils added to your natural cleaner goes a long way in dissolving marks and dirt.
When it comes to furniture, people start getting picky about what they use on their furniture, particularly if they are antiques for example. This type of wood and furniture requires regular but gentle cleaning.
Natural cleaners with a natural essential oil such as lemon, cedarwood, and sweet orange are excellent for this purpose, leaving behind gentle and soothing aromas.
Whether it is your pets or your gardening equipment, essential oils offers you assistance from indoors to the outdoors. Look at this natural spray that repels insects and made entirely from natural products and essential oils such as cloves and peppermint. You will also be interested to read from this link why you should stay away from the commercially prepared insecticides.
Kids’ and pets’ toys
You can’t be more cautious when it comes to pets and children, and lavender essential oil does wonders for cleaning and working against nasty bacteria and viruses. Homemade deodorizer sprays with essential oils will come to the rescue too when the kids are older and you are looking for an excellent sanitizer and deodorizer for all the sports equipment.
Today, there are over 80,000 chemicals used in cleaning products that are toxic and detrimental to people’s health; millions of people are impacted by these on a daily basis.
Fortunately, there are wonderful products from the natural world that you can make use of to make your own natural cleaning products. You will discover how easy, really fun and inexpensive it can be to make your own cleaners. A great thing about Natural Cleaning Products is that most of them are made, using the same basic ingredients – so easy.
You will really want to get into this big time when you realize, that according to the Environmental Protection Agency, (US), that the air inside your home can actually be 2-5 times more polluted than being outside. This comes from cleaning and decorating your home.
Some people open windows, but this does not get rid of all the negative effects that harmful chemical ingredients can cause.
It cannot be soon enough to make a clean sweep today, starting with Natural Cleaning Products – your body and home will thank you.