Keeping your home clean is easier said than done, but did you know that mainstream cleaning products could be adding even more toxins to your home? I put together this guide on how to clean your home naturally and safely.
Why should we use natural cleaning products?
If you use harsh mainstream cleaning products, there could be up to 62 toxic chemicals found in your home. Using harsh cleaning products can actually make the air inside your home polluted with irritating airborne particles, often caused by the fumes from harsh, chemical based cleaners. Everything you spray, scrub or wash comes into contact with your skin and can be inhaled, potentially causing skin reactions and increasing the symptoms of asthma and respiratory conditions. We can actually spend up to approximately four years of our lives cleaning, so using natural products is extremely important for our families' health and wellbeing.
What are the ingredients to look out for in mainstream products?
There are eight chemical ingredients commonly found in mainstream cleaning products, including Phthalates, Butoxyethanol, Perchloroethylene, Ammonia, Chlorine, Triclosan, Sodium Hydroxide and Quaternary Ammonium. These ingredients are used as foaming agents and disinfectants and are found in things like kitchen and bathroom cleaners, dishwashing liquid and even hand soap. Over time, inhaling or handling these chemicals can negatively affect your health by exposing you to potentially hormone and immune system disrupting synthetic substances. These ingredients can also end up in our waterways, harming natural marine life and damaging the environment. Choosing green cleaning products can reduce exposure to irritating chemicals, decrease the risk of asthma attacks and is just so much better for the environment!
Which toxin free cleaning products do I recommend?
That Red House Organic Soapberries
If you have yet to try That Red House Organic Soapberries, I can't recommend them enough! These all-natural, organically grown and hypoallergenic berries are ideal for those with sensitive skin as they're so gentle! All you need to do is place five soapberries in the little bag provided and pop them into your washing machine to replace your normal washing detergent. This is an ideal option for anyone with sensitive skin who reacts to the foaming agents and harsh, irritating ingredients found in mainstream washing detergent.
Dr Bronner's Pure-Castile Liquid Soap Peppermint
With 18 different uses, the Dr Bronner's Pure-Castile Liquid Soap is an amazing multipurpose product! This fresh, minty soap can be used for anything from a shampoo and body wash to a toilet cleaner and bench spray! Best of all, it contains no harsh, skin stripping chemicals such as Triclosan, instead using Coconut Oil, Olive Oil and Hemp Oil in an effective cleansing formulation. To learn more about all of the uses, check out my blog post here.
Abode Natural Toilet Cleaner Gel Rosemary & Mint
An ideal alternative to chemical-filled toilet cleaners and bleaching products, the Abode Natural Toilet Cleaner Gel has a refreshing Rosemary and Mint fragrance and easily removes stains, making cleaning your toilet quick and easy. This natural Australian made formula contains plant and mineral based ingredients for a pure antibacterial cleaner that contains no Palm Oil, petrochemicals or artificial fragrances.
Ecostore Glass & Surface Cleaner - Fragrance Free
There's nothing worse than a build up of grime and soap scum in the bathroom. To effectively clean glass and bathroom tiles, I recommend the Ecostore Glass & Surface Cleaner - Fragrance Free. Made with a powerful blend of essential oils, this natural spray is highly sanitising and keeps germs away for longer! Just spray and wipe on glass, windows and bathroom surfaces to remove dirt and grime.
Cinderella Floor Cleaner
f your floors could do with a good clean, I recommend the Cinderella Floor Cleaner! With a delicious pineapple and coconut scent, this natural cleaner smells good enough to eat will leave a streak free finish on any floor surface. Diluted in a bucket of water, it can be used to mop tiles, lino or hard wood floors. Free from Sulphates, GMOs, Ammonia and harsh chemicals, this natural cleaner leaves floors sparkling clean and free from harmful bacteria, yet perfectly safe for kids and pets.
Abode Natural Surface Spray Lavender & Mint
For sparkling household surfaces, the Abode Natural Surface Spray in Lavender & Mint effortlessly wipes away spills and stains with only naturally derived plant and mineral ingredients. This effective multipurpose spray cleans kitchen counters and surfaces without the harsh chemicals found in mainstream household cleaners such as d-Limonene and Coco Betaine, leaving them bright and sparkling without that strong chemical or artificial fragrance smell. With a natural fragrance of Lavender and Mint, this Australian made spray leaves your house smelling like a home, not a hospital.
Abode Dish Liquid Lavender & Mint
To achieve sparkling clean dishes, I recommend the Abode Dish Liquid Lavender & Mint! This powerful plant based formula offers a gentle clean without any chemical residue. The best part? It creates a load of bubbles without the use of harsh detergents!
Bondi Wash Mist Spray Sydney Peppermint & Rosemary
With an uplifting Peppermint and Rosemary scent from a blend of Australian bush essential oils, the Bondi Wash Mist Spray is ideal for refreshing linens and clothing. This multipurpose mist can also be used as a natural air freshener, perfect for misting around the bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, car or office to remove odours from bacteria, food scraps, kids' messes and pets or to just give you an uplifting, aromatherapeutic boost. This antibacterial formula has also been independently tested to kill 99.9% of germs!