Cleaning without the use of harsh chemicals can be a healthier, more environmentally-friendly way to keep your home sparkling. Not only are natural cleaning alternatives safer for our health and the planet, but they often work just as well as traditional chemical cleaners. Chemical-free cleaning products are becoming more widely available and offer an easy alternative to putting harmful substances into your home. With a little bit of creativity and sustainable lifestyle changes, you can start living green and adopting chemical-free cleaning practices today!
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Keeping your home clean and sparkling without the use of harsh chemicals can be a great way to reduce your environmental impact. But how can you get started on your chemical-free cleaning journey? Here are some tips to help you make the switch effortlessly.
Easily switch to chemical-free products
Making the switch to natural cleaning products should be a gradual and slow process. Removing harsh cleaning supplies all at once can be costly and overbearing. As you use up your current cleaning chemicals start to make the change in small steps.
Your success rate will be much higher if you start small. As you begin to run low on a certain cleaner, have plans to make a DIY recipe, or purchase a new chemical-free cleaner to replace the one that is running low.
When shopping for these products, look for labels that mention plant-based or biodegradable ingredients. Plan to make the transition over to chemical free as simple and painless as possible.
Make your own DIY cleaners
Making your own home cleaners is cost-effective. The simple natural ingredients that are used in natural cleaning recipes are much cheaper than expensive harsh chemicals.
Keep an eye out for DIY cleaners that don’t contain any toxic chemicals and are safe to use around family members (especially kids and pets!). Common household items like baking soda, vinegar, salt, lemon juice, and essential oils can be used in a variety of combinations for a wide range of cleaning needs.
You are also saving the environment by reusing the same containers as well as not using harsh chemicals. You will have peace of mind for your home and the environment.
Check out these great DIY nontoxic cleaning recipes:
- How to make a chemical free all-purpose cleaner
- DIY Chemical-free fabric softener
- DIY Non-toxic laundry detergent
Stock up on reusable bottles and cloths
Opt for reusable cloths and sponges instead of paper towels when cleaning surfaces and countertops. This simple swap helps to reduce the amount of waste sent off to landfills every year.
My favorite cloths to use are E-cloth. E-cloth removes over 99% of bacteria, locking it away inside the fibers, where it stays until they’re rinsed. Their entire product line only requires water in order to clean your home.
Did you know about reusable paper towels? They are also known as Swedish dishcloths. I use these for wipe-ups of spills, grease, and other dirty areas of the kitchen. These Swedish dish towels can be put in the dishwasher or washing machine and are 100% compostable. Because the towels are made from natural fibers, you can toss them in the compost after they’ve completed their life cycle. One less piece of waste is in the landfill.
I use these amber glass spray bottles for all my DIY non-toxic cleaning recipes. I mainly clean with a vinegar and water mix. If I add essential oils, the amber color is best to keep the freshness and longevity of the essential oil.
My favorite non-toxic cleaning products
I know that everyone does not want to make their own cleaners. For this reason, I am listing my favorite natural cleaning products to purchase.
Always do your research on the ingredients used in store-bought products. Just because it states natural on the label does not mean it is completely toxin-free. I made this mistake myself in believing a brand was environmentally friendly and discovered by using the EWG app that it still contained some harmful ingredients.
Favorite Non-Toxic Cleaning products:
I also discovered that some products from the brands above get an “A” rating, which is the highest rating. And other products could get a “C” rating. So always check each product. My final thought is the brands above are better than any brand that uses all those harsh chemicals.
I love the idea of using refillable products like Grove and Blueland, as you are using less packaging. Grove is also making a commitment to be plastic-free by 2025. This is huge and I love to support companies that are standing up to our plastic crisis.
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