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8 Ways To Ditch The Chemical Cleaning Products
How to ditch the chemical cleaning products in your homes 🙌
Have you been itching to get the toxicity out of your home? It starts with ditching the toxic products and I know this can be extremely hard for those of you who have been watching all the TikTok cleaning hacks but I’m here to tell you those do more damage to your surfaces along with your inner well being.
Simple Ways To Ditch The Chemical Cleaning Products
The key to simplicity within a household is to be more mindful of what you’re bringing into the home. This is important because we accumulate things every single day. Stuff piles up leading to clutter and boy what a mess the cleaning cabinet area becomes. We find a new product at Target or Publix and think we immediately have to try.
Those products, yes, even the ones that state All Natural on the container are toxic. Greenwashing companies have taken over the cleaning industry and do not care if consumers suffer. Physically, emotionally or mentally. This strikes a nerve with me because it took over 25 years for myself and my family to become 100% completely toxic free. I never want you, your home or families to suffer. It’s debilitating and oddly enough it’s still an issue in our country.
Tossing The Toxic Products For Good
- Start by being more mindful about the greenwashing industry and learning all there is to know about chemicals in those bottles. Key thing to remember is that EVERYTHING is a toxin. Water too.
- Slowly start looking under the cabinet to see what cleaners you can get rid of immediately. One big one for me was anything with bleach in it.
Products with chemicals in it
- Scrubbing Bubbles
- Floor Cleaners
- Gain, Tide, Laundry Detergents
- Fabric Dryer Sheets
- Brands that pretend to be all natural : I won’t include them but you can certainly become more aware by knowing that everything on the shelf and in MLM magazines are greenwashed. It’s become so bad that the fragrance alone in these bottles are going to cause a choking reaction when inhaled
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- So on and so forth
How To Clean With DIY Cleaners
The safest thing you can do is concoct your own products or just use as is. For example: I love squirting some Castile soap into the sinks, toilets and tubs to simply scrub out. No mixing needed. Or, a spoonful of baking soda, swish and rinse. Easy breezy.
Instead of having a ton of bottles under your cabinets or in several different areas of the home, use a glass bottle with a little soap and water for a ‘Do It Yourself’ all in one spray. You can use this one for quick tidying up on counters, stovetops, etc. The other one can have a tablespoon of alcohol in it without the soap and essential oil instead.
Homemade All Purpose Spray
Using a glass bottle put 1/4-1/2 filtered or distilled water in. Add 1-3 tablespoons of alcohol 70% or higher. I just dump some into the bottle and kind of eyeball it. Then add your essential oil:
Essential Oils Great For Cleaning
Each very good anti-fungals, antimicrobial, antibacterial. My go to is lemongrass because it doesn’t have a harsh smell and actually works great for room spray too!
BE CAUTIOUS NOT TO USE THE ALCOHOL ON WOOD
This spray can be used as a linen refresher, all purpose cleaner on countertops, tubs, sinks, fixtures, interior fridge, floors (use less oil and alcohol for floor cleaning), microwave, etc. Not a great oven cleaner, so I caution you on that. Also, I wouldn’t use on mirrors because the oil may make the smudging worse.
Keep it simple. Spray the cloth and test an area before washing entire surface.
Out with the old, in with the new
If you find tossing your old cleaning products extremely difficult, you’re not alone. It can be very hard for some. It takes time and dedication so practice by eliminating one item at a time.
- toss or remove, donate to shelters
- dilute with water to remove more than half the chemicals
- once it’s gone STOP shopping in the cleaning aisles
Make it a strict habit to avoid going down the aisle just until you adapt to the lifestyle. It can take years to become accustom to the old fashioned cleaning routines.
Mild soap and water almost always cleans just about anything.
For quick wipe ups just use hot water on the end of a cloth to wipe up food stains, splatters, spot cleaning.
Use white vinegar diluted with water to clean stainless steel. Avoid using this all of the time especially on stoneware. I do enjoy this when there’s a build up on flooring or to wash the dishwasher/washer out. But, not all the time. It’s a great way to remove funky odors in the home. Fades rather quickly for those avoiding because of the smell.
One response to “8 Ways To Ditch The Chemical Cleaning Products”
I recently stumbled upon a blog post titled 8 Ways To Ditch The Chemical Cleaning Products and it offers some great tips on how to switch to more natural and eco-friendly cleaning alternatives. The article suggests using ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice for various cleaning purposes. It also emphasizes the importance of reading labels and opting for eco-friendly cleaning products when needed. Overall, it’s a helpful guide for anyone looking to reduce their use of chemical cleaning products.
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