Your weekly trip to the supermarket, as well as food and toiletries is likely to include cleaning products, but did you know that every time you scrub the toilet and wash the floors, you could actually be doing more harm than good?
We all use a wide assortment of cleaners specifically designed to clean bathrooms, drains and glass, as well as bleaches and polishes to ensure our homes stay smelling great and looking sparkly. While they do clean our surfaces and leave them germ-free, they also contribute to indoor air-pollution, are poisonous if ingested and can even be harmful if inhaled or touched.
Seems crazy that something you think is a good idea to use around the house, can actually be so dangerous - but some cleaners are among the most toxic products found in the home.
So, what is the answer - because living in a messy, dirty home isn’t going to be very good for your physical or mental health either? How do you keep your home clean without using harsh cleaning products?
Well, you could use all ‘natural’ products….
Not convinced this is possible? Well, Blogger Jen Gale ditched her usual store bought cleaning sprays for two natural cleaning products. She did this as part of a year long challenge, where instead of buying anything new, she would simply have to make do and mend. The rules were – everything bought must be second hand, pre-owned, vintage or reconditioned. The only things she could buy new were food and some essential toiletries and with these rules in place, she started to look for gentler alternatives to harsh chemicals.
Through research she found that there are two main ingredients in every product; white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. The thrifty blogger, who has now replaced various products with just these two things, claims that it does actually work.
But, how will this be better for your home, you ask?
Chemicals from modern cleaning products can potentially cause asthma, eczema, allergies and other disorders. While a spritz here and there won’t do too much harm, each and every time you spray a cleaning product it will add to and build up the chemicals in your home.
Natural products, as well as not being full of the chemicals like your every day cleaning products, are also a lot cheaper! Plus, it is not just your home it is better for – it is also better for the environment!
Alternatively, if you don’t have enough time to clean, let alone enough time to consider the right cleaning products to use – why not call the professionals in? If you dread household chores then take a look at the services on offer at Molly Maid – they can do the jobs you hate, so you don’t have to.