Failing to regularly clean your living space makes you vulnerable to allergens, pathogens, and contaminants that can compromise your health and overall wellbeing. This is why it’s important to keep your home tidy and disinfect every surface.
However, the cleansers you find on today’s supermarket shelves are chock-full of harsh chemicals that might do more harm than good. Thankfully, you can easily make an effective and non-toxic cleaner with the natural ingredients you can readily find in your kitchen.
Why make your own homemade cleanser?
More and more people are transitioning to a clean lifestyle as the damaging effects of our daily routines on the environment become clearer. Indeed, our daily habits have contributed to the deterioration of our planet, whether it’s the rising demand for unsustainable products to the irresponsible disposal of waste. With the UN reporting that we only have 11 years to overhaul our lifestyle before we reach a point where climate damage is irreversible, many have been forced to rethink their choices — even with something as seemingly innocent as deciding what cleaning product to use.
Choosing to use and make green cleaning products is a step towards protecting the environment that everyone can do. By making natural homemade cleansers, you use safe and sustainable ingredients that won’t negatively affect the environment. Additionally, you avoid creating more plastic waste when you switch to natural cleansers as you will no longer need to buy new refills.
Conventional cleaning products aren’t really that safe. For one, synthetic products are littered with labels like “toxic” or “flammable”. Moreover, mishandling common cleansers like chlorine and ammonia can have deadly consequences.
In the long-term, your family may even suffer from various illness, like asthma, as conventional cleansers contain hazardous compounds such as carcinogens, mutagens, neurotoxins, and teratogens. So, it’s best that you minimize your risk of damaging your body and the environment by making your own natural cleanser. Below, we’ve listed some natural ingredients you can use in your homemade cleanser.
This kitchen staple is a very powerful cleanser. Even when it’s diluted with water, vinegar can kill bacteria, melt grime, and take care of hard-water deposits. Furthermore, vinegar is safe to use on your clothes as a stain-remover and softener, as well as lifting the smell of pet urine from your carpets. With vinegar, you can skip the brand-name cleaning products and save a ton of money. But while it sounds like you can use vinegar for everything, CNET notes that vinegar is too acidic to be used on stone countertops and hardwood floors.
Other than being used to make baked goods rise, baking soda is also an excellent cleaning agent. For one, it can be used as a mild abrasive for fixtures and surfaces that need a little scrubbing. Furthermore, it’s also great at absorbing odors, which is why HomeServe’s Andy Floyd recommends pouring it down your kitchen drain once a week to help prevent your sink from smelling. If you’re dealing with a particularly stinky sink, then you can also pour in half a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar.
Like vinegar, lemon juice is very acidic and can be used to clean a number of things. For instance, you can use it to scrub the bottom of your copper pots to give them a good clean and shine. If your white shoes look a little weathered, soaking them in lemon juice and letting it sit under the sun is a great bleach substitute. Lemon juice can also help you with your greasy dishes and countertops as it can easily cut through grease and oil.
If you’re planning to make a cleaning solution, you can use natural essential oils to add a pleasing scent. The great thing about essential oils is that there are so many to choose from that you can mix and match until you reach a fragrance you desire. However, be sure to be careful when using essential oils as using too much can be too overpowering.
If you want a decent cleanser with strong disinfectant properties, you can look to hydrogen peroxide. You can also use it to remove stubborn bloodstains. In our post ‘Does Bleach Kill Mold’ we’ve mentioned that you can even use hydrogen peroxide as a bleach substitute to kill molds, viruses, and bacteria. Simply put hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle to kill microbes on different hard and soft surfaces.