Modern cleaning products have undeniably made it a lot easier to keep our homes shiny, healthy, and hygienic. However, those cleaning products can also come with some health risks of their own. Here, I’m going to take a closer look at why a lot of moms are being a lot more skeptical of which products they put in their cleaning arsenal, as well as some of the fantastic alternatives you can use in everyday life.
What’s All The Fuss About?
Before you start tossing out all of the cleaning goods in your cupboards, you probably want a good reason to do that in the first place. This isn’t a recommendation that you stop cleaning the house, of course. Good hygiene is crucial for our family’s well-being, now more than ever. However, that doesn’t mean that the techniques we’re currently using to clean our homes are good for us, either.
In fact, there are plenty of risks related to many of the household chemicals we commonly use, particularly for cleaning. From aerosols to air fresheners, detergents to floor polish, oven cleaners, bleach, and more. Each of these can contain chemicals such as ammonia which can cause or exacerbate respiratory problems. They have been found to have a real causal relationship with symptoms of asthma. What’s more, if we tend to rely on them more often than we should, we can end up mixing chemicals in the air to create known human carcinogens. Having these chemicals floating around in the home reduces the air quality, poses a risk to our respiratory health, can cause irritation of the skin and eyes, and may even increase our risk of cancer.
Bring Some Zest Into The Home
So, what can we do to replace the chemicals that might be doing us so much harm in our own homes? Thankfully, there are plenty of natural alternatives that have none of the chemicals that you would associate with these household products, such as using washing soda, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda. Perhaps one of the most versatile options of all is creating a lemon spray wash. The recipe can differ depending on what the application is but, in most cases, this is a mix of white vinegar and fresh lemon juice that is mixed with either still or sparkling water and put into a bottle with a spray nozzle. This can work just as effectively as a disinfectant, stain remover, and shiner that will do no damage to the majority of household surfaces.
A Drop Of Alcohol Does A World Of Good
I’m not talking about taking a shot to forget all of your worldly-problems, either. There are some surfaces and purposes that a lemon wash simply won’t be as effective for. For instance, it’s only natural we don’t want lemon zest anywhere near our eyes, so we won’t use it to clean glasses. Similarly, lemon and vinegar are a mix that is not as good a fit for cleaning chrome, cleaning digital screens, or working as a hand sanitizer. What does work for these applications? If the section heading didn’t make it obvious, it’s rubbing alcohol. Whether applied directly or diluted in some form, this is easily one of the most versatile and natural cleaning agents around. You don’t want to leave it lying around in an open bottle around kids, but it’s safe to use all throughout the home.
Start Using Towels More Often
Many of the chemicals that we should be trying to cut down on are commonly found in surface cleaning wipes, as well. Some of them, such as those that are proven safe to babies (and are usually marketed as baby wipes) might be just fine. However, others tend to have plenty of those chemicals we should be a little warier of. The solution to this is, as the heading suggests, to use things like tea towels and hand towels more often. So long as you wash them in hot water often enough, they’re just as effective when combined with the right natural cleaning agent. They also reduce our waste, since we don’t throw them out every time we use them.
No-one is going to blame you if you’re using a little detergent to keep your clothes clean or bleaching the floors every once in a while. However, the health concerns revolving around cleaning chemicals in the home are not a fabrication. There are plenty of real reasons to reconsider how you’re cleaning the home and, hopefully, the tips above make it a little easier to find alternatives if you’re looking to make the switch, too.
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