Green Natural Cleaning Ingredients
You may think it’s a no-brainer when it comes to the benefits of natural cleaning ingredients. Yet, so many still purchase conventional choices they know are loaded with toxic chemicals. Today, non-toxic cleaning products are not only made from safe ingredients but have always done the job only chemical products were thought capable.
These green natural cleaning ingredients just may raise an eyebrow that has you reaching for one (or more) the next time you're out to purchase your usual brand.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Baking soda is the veritable go-to product for just about any task. You can whiten your teeth with it, strip your hair of built up product with it and even scrub your tub with it. Vinegar is a powerful caustic cleaner with a friendly side that just smells funny which makes an excellent addition to baking soda.
When it comes to bathroom cleaning, baking soda and vinegar offer significant results that won’t have you gagging on the fumes. Make a paste with these two inexpensive and environmentally friendly ingredients and use to scrub your tub, sink and countertops for a natural shine, literally.
Lemons and Limes
The juice of lemons and limes have a dual pronged approach when it comes to being a natural anti-bacterial. It has a low pH along with citric acid which produces an uninhabitable environment for microorganisms such as bacteria and virus strains. Plus, this citrus juice is able to loosen food stains and soap scum so it's great to use in kitchen and dining cleanup.
Follow your baking soda and vinegar cleaning with fresh lemon or lime juice mixed with water in a pump bottle to spray and wipe after using. It will cover the vinegar smell, disinfect the area, and you won’t have to worry about your food absorbing chemical residue from mainstream cleaners.
The air bubbles pumped into plain water produce club soda which can be used as a tough stain removal agent. When added to natural ingredients, such as baking soda, it can increase your cleaning results exponentially.
Considered a health and beauty vegan cleaning ingredient, castille soap is made from olive oil, water and lye. It is a centuries old recipe used for a number of cleaning tasks in and out of the bathroom. This soap has the non-toxic, biodegradable ability to lift surface debris off of skin, teeth, hair and pretty much any other non-human surface. Look for Dr. Bronner’s brand for a variety of choices infused with botanicals such as peppermint, almond, citrus, eucalyptus, lavender, and rose.
These green natural cleaning ingredients can be found in many Eco-friendly residential as well as industrial cleaning products. A study by the Environmental Working Group and Regional Asthma Management and Prevention stated that,
“Green cleaning products must meet stringent criteria to ensure they are environmentally preferable. Certified products are free of ozone-depleting chemicals, less toxic to aquatic life, less likely to build up in the body, have fewer smog-producing chemicals degrade quickly in the environment, and are more concentrated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping. Products must even meet criteria concerning recyclable packaging.”
Give natural cleaning products a try or make your own formulas and finally break free of the chemical cleaning addiction so many believe is slowly causing irreparable health problems.