Have you ever wonder what’s in your household cleaning products? Now-a-days marketing is so powerful that consumers are lured to purchase products “known” to work well at a cheaper price. Adverting is so attractive that it makes us believe that the products they are selling to us are the best, through brand marketing.
What consumers don’t know, there are a lot of ingredients in our cleaning products , as well personal care products that are not necessary and often bad for your health and the environment. Watch out for those signs like; warning, poison, danger etc. Think about it, is it really necessary for a nail polish and cleaning products to contain formaldelhyde? Formadelhyde is a carcinogen!
Cleaning our own house is supposed to be better for us, but not if we use the conventional cleaning products available in the market. They can contain solvents which results VOC emissions. I will never allow my children to inhale all of this, especially in my own house!
According to Environment Canada, “The VOC Controls section at Environment Canada is addressing VOC emissions resulting from the use of solvents in consumer and commercial products which are the second largest contributors at 28% of overall emissions of VOC. Consumer and commercial products are individually small sources of VOC emissions but contribute significantly to the overall atmospheric loadings of VOC and associated air quality problems. Consumer and commercial products include a wide array of products such as household cleaning products, personal care products, paints, and printing inks.”
There is a very good posting from David Suzuki’s website, “The dirt on toxic chemicals in household cleaning product“, which I suggest you read. For me it’s very enlightening and I hope that each of you will take this issue seriously and start changing the way you purchase cleaning products (and other personal products as well) ….
Some of my friends have been asking me, what is a great natural alternative to clean your house? There are only few things you need, vinegar, water, baking soda and optional essential oil , if you got use to always spraying those stinky air freshener 🙂 (I personally hate artificial fragrance!).
To clean the washroom I just spray plain vinegar and baking soda on bathtub and toilet. For cleaning the mirror I use a solution: water , with a drop of mild dishwashing soap and vinegar; and ofcourse cloth! After my cleaning is done , I just spray our bathroom with water , with few drops of essential oil like eucalyptus essential oil or lavender essential oil. When mixing essential oil , just make sure you are following the recommended amount and avoid it during pregnancy or if you have a baby of less than 3 months old.
Here’s how our bathroom looks like before and after cleaning it with natural cleaning ingredients that are available in our own kitchen! I am always happy with it especially thinking that my children will not inhale all those harmful chemicals contained in the conventional cleaning products!
The mirror cleaned with the solution I made
Our baby friendly bathtub:) , I know we need an upgrade:)
- Isn’t this cleaned? 🙂 Start using vinegar and baking soda now! Just don’t spray vinegar to your faucets, as you know what will happen right? 🙂