Community

Improve Home Air Quality by Switching to Natural Household Cleaners

March 2, 2015

The household cleaners you are using on a daily basis may pose a serious risk to you and your family’s health. The hazards of exposure to chemicals found in the products you have been using are very serious. Exposure to chemicals ingredients in popular detergents and cleaners may cause immediate distress such as skin irritation and respiratory problems while other more dangerous chemicals have been linked to deadly health maladies such as cancer and birth defects.

Many common household products you already have on hand can be used as natural cleaners. Read on for more information about the top three natural cleaners and how to use them below:

Vinegar: Vinegar is commonly used as an all purpose cleaner. It is a natural disinfectant and deodorizer. Fill a spray bottle with a solution of half vinegar and half water to use around the house. Clean kitchens and bathrooms as you would with any all purpose cleaner. Vinegar is perfect for cleaning tile floors and countertops. Vinegar is also great at removing soap scum and hard water stains. Use it to clean appliances such as your washing machine, coffee maker, and refrigerator.

Baking Soda: Baking soda is a natural deodorizer and non abrasive cleaner. Use it with a damp cloth to scrub surfaces requiring a cleaning. Use it to absorb odors instead of masking them. Sprinkle some in the bottom of a garbage can and leave an open box in your refrigerator to get rid of unpleasant odors.

Lemon: Lemon juice is a natural cleaner with a fresh pleasant scent. Use it to dissolve soap scum, hard water stains, and in the kitchen to clean copper pots and cutting boards. You can also combine lemon with baking soda to make a paste to scrub dishes and surfaces that require a non abrasive cleaning. You can make your own furniture polish by combining 1 cup of olive oil with a ½ cup of lemon juice.

There are also a number of commercially available natural cleaners advertised on the market. It is extremely important that you read the labels on these products and carefully scrutinize the list of ingredients. Although a product may be advertised as natural or environmentally friendly, you may be surprised by the number of products containing potentially hazardous chemicals. While some of these cleaners contain natural ingredients that are safer to use than top selling commercial brands, not every so-called green cleaner is free of dangerous chemicals.

In order to protect your home air quality, learn more about natural cleaners you can use in place of detergents and cleaning solutions containing hazardous chemicals. Also, remember that even natural cleaning products contain chemicals and use extra ventilation like running the bathroom exhaust fan or kitchen range hood when applying these products.