Disposable Cleaners to Banish from Your Home
By Sara Butler
Conventional cleaning products have a lot of weird stuff in them. Often, it’s stuff you can’t pronounce, let alone know what purpose it serves in your cleaning arsenal. Plus, many disposable cleaners are wasteful, ending their short lives in a landfill that creates a health problem for everyone. If you like to keep your house spic and span but don’t like the idea of disposable cleaners, then here are a few cleaners to add to your list that are natural and renewable – and not a danger to your health.
Disinfecting Wipes and Magic Erasers
Magic erasers are like, well, magic – but they’re not a great use of resources. You can easily make your own by sprinkling baking soda on whatever it is your want to clean and then gently rubbing with a wet cloth. The abrasiveness of the baking soda can help to clean up stubborn dirt and marks.
Disinfecting wipes may not be a great idea to have around your home either since the chemicals in them can be hazardous to your health. Instead of buying wipes, make your own. All you have to do is get a spray bottle and fill it with 4 parts water, a squirt of dish soap, and one part rubbing alcohol. Spray it on surfaces you want to be disinfected and wipe away with a reusable cloth.
Say No to Febreeze
Many products that cover odors, such as Febreeze, contain chemicals that aren’t good for you to inhale. So, forego the risk by creating your own odor neutralizer. All you need is baking soda. Sprinkle it over the surface and let it sit for about 10 to 15 minutes, then vacuum up. It will help to neutralize odors and it’s better for your health.
Goodbye Glass Cleaner
Why is glass cleaner blue? That’s just not natural. To go natural but keep your mirrors and windows streak-free, use tea instead – specifically black tea. The acidity in black tea combined with the tannins cut through smudges and dust on windows and mirrors like nobody’s business. Just brew a pot of tea, cool it, and then add to a spray bottle. And don’t forget to save your used tea bags, they make great natural polishers.
What you surround yourself with in your home has an impact on your health. Caring about the things you use to clean your home will help you to have less of an impact on your environment for a healthier outlook!
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