December 11, 2015 12:45 am
An Eco-Friendly Way To Clean
I think we can all agree, well most of us anyway, cleaning is pretty far down the list of things we enjoy. But it has to be done. Cleaning is the epitome of a necessary evil. Since cleaning is already a downer, wouldn’t it be more of a downer to learn what’s actually in some of these cleaning products? The cleaning products need to be strong, but is that scent natural? Are these products safe for use around children, pets, or food? If these are questions that keep you up at night, you’re an ideal candidate to switch to eco-friendly and organic cleaners.
Luckily for us, these days eco-friendly cleaning products are available at the stores we’re already going to, like Target. Jessica Alba’s Honest line also makes products that are Mother Earth friendly, but still powerful. The Working Mother (which Alba also is!) website compiled a list of the 10 best eco-friendly cleaning products. Check it out here and see which ones you’d like to try based on what surfaces you’d like to clean.
If you want to take it one step further, try making your own cleaning products. Good Housekeeping has a guide that could help you make substitutions to traditional cleaners with items you might already have in your kitchen, like lemons, baking soda, and table salt. This is a popular pastime because not only do you feel good making your own products (it’s nice to get your eyes on every single ingredient that’s in the cleaner), you can make small batches if you only need a little bit of cleaner. You can also use glass or reusable bottles, which will save plastic and packaging.
If doing your part to help the environment by keeping your home eco-friendly isn’t enough motivation, there’s also the aspect of saving money. When you buy a cleaner at the store, you’re paying for a company name, the packaging, the processing, and various other product markups. When you make a cleaner at home that does the same job, you’re automatically saving money because there’s no name brand on the outside of your cleaning products. Purchasing cleaning products at the store could be a thing of the past if you go this route. However, just switching from your normal, chemical laden cleaners to an eco-friendly or organic cleaner can make a world of difference.
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