Whether you're expecting a baby or just want to make a shift to a more sustainable lifestyle, there are many natural options for cleaning products that are ideal for households. We'll help you find the best non-toxic cleaning products and DIY options to keep your house clean and healthy, so you don't have to worry about your kids, pets or anyone else coming into contact with harmful chemicals.
Household cleaners with strong ingredients not only kill bacteria and remove stubborn stains, they can also affect your child's health in several ways.
- Eczema. Children's skin is sensitive and studies have shown that substances in household cleaners and detergents can cause skin irritation.
- Airway irritation. Strong fumes from household cleaners can irritate your child's airways and worsen allergy or asthma symptoms.
- Eye irritation. Cleaning agents can also irritate your child's eyes and cause redness.
- Allergies. Some researchers believe that having a home that is too clean can increase a child's long-term risk of allergies.
Here are some natural options for kids (and pets) to keep your house clean and safe:
1. Vinegar – the hero of natural cleaning products. Mix it with water and use to clean windows or taps and add it to your steam mop for the cleanest floor. You can also use vinegar as a natural fabric softener for super soft clothes. It is also good for helping to preserve the life of the washing machine.
2. Bicarbonate – another important natural cleaning agent that is good to have at home. Mix equal parts bicarbonate with water and use to clean sinks or bathtubs. Is also effective for cleaning joints between clinker tiles.
3. Lemon – one of the most powerful non-toxic cleaning products you probably already have at home. The humble lemon can be used for many purposes, e.g. as an alternative to bleach. Add a cup of lemon juice to the laundry for a refreshing scent, cut a lemon in half and rub it over shower doors to remove mold and water stains. Use the other half of the lemon to rub on your faucets to make them bright and shiny. In short: the lemon is your best friend for cleaning the home!
4. Salt – mix 5 tablespoons of salt with water and spray on your shower curtain to remove mold. We all know that lemon and salt are a good combination (tequila, anyone?). To make a simple kitchen scrub, mix these two. Works great for scrubbing clean wooden cutting boards and surfaces from impurities and odors. Another tip is to pour some salt on a halved grapefruit and swirl around the tub for a clean, fragrant tub.
5. Essential oils - one of the best-smelling, naturally antibacterial options for homemade cleaning products. Mix 15-20 drops of oil with a teaspoon of baking soda and 300ml of water to make a natural air freshener or put a few drops on a kitchen roll and place it in the bottom of the bin to hide unpleasant smells. Popular oils to use are: tea tree (fights bacteria and viruses), lemon (antibacterial), rosemary (antibacterial and antiseptic), wild orange (fights grease), lavender (natural antibacterial), eucalyptus (natural antibacterial), peppermint (antibacterial) , pine (natural cleanser), thyme (powerful against bacteria) and cinnamon (antibacterial and antiseptic).