With the bewildering array of modern cleaning products on the market today, it’s often difficult to decide which one is the best for you and your family.
Unfortunately, many cleaning products contain harmful chemicals as part of their ingredients, which could possibly cause injury to their users and damage to the environment upon disposal – particularly when flushed down a bathroom drain.
So what are some natural cleaning products that you could add to your bathroom cleaning arsenal?
Many naturally occurring substances have useful cleaning properties, and they’re ones that you can often find around your home.
- Baking soda, properly called sodium bicarbonate,is a useful tool for removing stains and grease, whitening laundry, removing rust and softening hard water; it can even be used to smother small fires, such as those which might erupt in your kitchen, as heating baking soda produces carbon dioxide.
- Lemon juice is an acidic substance which is useful for removing stains and grease, and can also be used for its antibacterial properties.
- Pure soaps are soaps made from vegetable oils and not petroleum distillates, making them biodegradable. Soap is useful for most cleaning jobs as it allows oil, grease and other insoluble substances to become soluble in water, thus making it easy for them to be washed.
- Vinegar, like lemon juice, is a strongly acid substance which is useful as a grease and stain remover.
- Salt is a natural disinfectant and preservative, and also has abrasive properties, which makes it useful for clearing tough stains.
- While not a naturally occurring product, microfiber cloths are a great replacement for paper towels or tea towels when cleaning. Their microscopic weave traps dirt and grime to clean more effectively; however, they are made of synthetic polymers which are derived from petrochemicals, so their environmental impact is questionable.
What steps can we take to reduce the amount of chemicals we use?
When deciding what products to buy, the best tool you can have is knowledge; look at the list of ingredients in the products you’re currently using and look for any chemicals you know are harmful or undesirable.
Secondly, do an audit of all the cleaning products you’ve accumulated over the years and see if you can safely dispose of the ones you don’t use – minimising the number of products you use is a good way to reduce the prevalence of toxins both in your home and in the environment at large.