The television ads lure us with promises to “wipe clean without hard scrubbing.”
Read the label of supermarket brands you use as many common cleaners contain unnecessary environmental toxins and chemicals often associated with respiratory ailments, eye or skin irrigation, and other serious health issues.
- Choose cleaners that are not petroleum-based, contain no phosphates, chlorine bleaches or synthetic perfumes, and are not coloured.
- Safer alternatives to commercial cleaners are also available. These can be found at larger supermarkets (often in the organic section), via the internet, through mail order catalogue, and in organic or eco-friendly stores.
The good news is that you do not have to use harsh cleaners. You may already have everything you need for a safe and effective home version cleaner.
The clean, green essentials in your home cleaning toolkit are:
- Baking soda, or bicarbonate of soda, which neutralises acid based odours.
- White vinegar and lemon juice. These are acidic and remove scale from hard water.
- Eucalypt oil and tea tree oils, which are both disinfectants and are anti-fungal.
- Borax, a naturally occurring mineral compound used in laundry detergents. This cleans and deodorises, and is a mild bleach and disinfectant.
- Pure soap, a 100% readily biodegradable general cleaner.
- Washing soda, or sodium carbonate, which cuts grease, disinfects, softens water, remove stains and odours.