Non-Toxic House Cleaners
Have you ever read the label on your household cleaning supplies? You might be surprised by what you find. Phosphates, chlorine, ammonia and some types of acid are all common ingredients in our favorite cleaners. Ingesting or inhaling too much of these toxic chemicals can lead to lung complications, irritation, and corrosion of delicate tissues in the body. Leaving bottles of these cleaners can endanger children and pets alike, and washing surfaces with them can release toxins into the air. Fear not – there are healthy and safe alternatives!
Microfiber is a unique type of fabric made of nylon. The fibers themselves are almost invisible to the human eye, and packed closely together for maximum efficiency. The closeness of the fibers captures dirt and retains it, so scrubbing or dusting becomes much faster. Combining microfiber cloths and water is often just as effective as using a household cleaner, without the toxins!
Baking soda is the jack-of-all-trades in housecleaning. Combining baking soda with water to make a thick paste is an effective (and safe) method for cleaning grimy ovens; a mix of salt, baking soda, and borax creates a strong scourer for soap scum, and hydrogen peroxide with baking soda can remove fabric stains. Look up some fun recipes online for more variety.
Commercial air fresheners can be harsh and riddled with unsafe toxins. Using fruits in a homemade air freshener recipe can be faster, less expensive, and safer for the home. Lemons and limes are common choices; you can mix other household ingredients like cinnamon or vanilla with these fruits to safely banish odor from your home.
There are plenty of websites and tips available to help you find the best solution for you and your family. Using natural cleaners can greatly improve the quality of air in your home! For questions or concerns about air filtering or more steps you can take, call us at 800-994-2577. We’re happy to help!