Keeping your home clean without dousing every surface in chemical cocktails is easy with our natural cleaning hacks! We are exposed to so many contaminants on a daily basis, not only through the food we eat and water we drink but also the products we use. From toiletries to cleaning products, it is important that as consumers we become aware of what the chemical ingredients we see on packaging really mean for our health. That being said, we can opt for natural solutions to reduce the everyday toxins we come in contact with.
How can cleaning products affect our health?
Surely to be placed on supermarket shelves these sprays and liquids must be safe? Well, a study has shown that people who regularly use cleaning products in the home or as a job can experience impaired lung function. Shockingly, research has revealed that the effects are comparable to having smoked up to 20 cigarettes daily for a couple of decades!
As well as increased risk of serious asthma attacks, contact dermatitis is another risk from long-term exposure to cleaning products. Common cleaning products such as bleach, washing up liquid, cleaning sprays and even soap can trigger this irritating condition.
If you have to use standard cleaning products try to minimise the risks. For example, when using cleaning products indoors; keep rooms well ventilated. Additionally, to avoid contact with chemicals ensure your hands are protected by using gloves.
Top Natural Hacks to Clean your Home
Of course, we don’t suggest ditching cleaning altogether. Bacteria can build up and pests can invade your space. What we think you should try is the natural approach or better still preventative measures. If you can opt for natural cleaning solutions for your home or workplace check out these natural cleaning hacks.
1. Scented multi-purpose spray
A natural multi-purpose spray that can sanitise surfaces, freshen up your home and tackle hard water stains. Make this ahead of time for the lemony scent to develop. Mix together equal amounts of white vinegar and filtered water (for a streak-free finish). Add lemon rind and a sprig of rosemary, then leave to infuse for a week. Pour into a spray bottle and its ready to use.
2. Reduce limescale
For those of you living in hard water areas, limescale build-up can be a nightmare to keep on top of. A short-term solution is vinegar; either boil it in a limescale covered kettle or apply to chalky bathroom fittings and tiles. A longer term solution, that’ll save you a lot of time and effort, is to simply install a water filtering and softening system. An easy to install system will soften your water and reduce that residue.
3. Window cleaner
First of all, find yourself a glass spray bottle, as the cleaning ingredients may degrade plastics ones. Mix together equal parts white vinegar, filtered water (again for a clear finish) and a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Spray the solution onto glass or mirrored surfaces and grab some old newspapers. Rub the solution into the glass with screwed up balls of newspaper to achieve a streak-free finish. It sounds wacky, but it’s an age-old tip that’ll give you the cleanest and clearest windows around.
4. Natural air freshener
Store-bought air fresheners often contain phthalates, which are known hormone disruptors. Aerosol air fresheners can also trigger asthma attacks. So, therefore it makes sense to steer clear of these unnecessary toxins. Luckily, a DIY air freshener is easy to make. Combine 10 drops of essential oil with 1 tbsp. bicarbonate of soda, and then add 2 cups of filtered water. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and you are ready to freshen up your home.
5. Wood polish
Coconut oil can clean and bring back a glossy shine to your wooden furniture. Simply melt the oil and apply using a cloth. Not only is coconut oil a natural alternative to the strong smelling chemical furniture polishes out there, but it’s also a vegan version to traditional beeswax.
6. Drain cleaner
Natural drain cleaners will not only reduce your exposure to household chemicals but also limit the number of toxins seeping into our environment. Start by pouring a mix of 1/3 cup baking soda with 1/3 cup of vinegar down the blocked drain giving you grief. Leave the mix to foam up for half an hour and then pour boiling hot water down the drain. Thoroughly rinse with hot water and repeat the process if necessary.
7. Non-toxic laundry detergent
Give this natural laundry detergent recipe a go. Mix together 1 cup of bicarbonate of soda, 1/3 cup of sea salt, 2 ½ cups of warm filtered water and a cup of castile soap. Add the solution to a screw top jug and shake to combine.
Whether you make your own detergent or find a natural alternative, there are other things to consider. If you live in a hard water area, installing a water filter and softening system will help your natural detergent go a lot further. Hard water prevents detergents and soaps from lathering up properly so you may feel the need to use more.
Chat to our experts to find out how easy it is to install our filtering and softening systems and cut down your cleaning chores in no time.