More and more people are becoming aware of the cruelty subjected to animals in our search to look more beautiful and youthful. How many innocent lives are lost just to keep wrinkles at bay? The chemicals used in cleaning products in our homes are also often tested on animals. It’s actually very difficult to source cleaning products that are totally cruelty free, as many so called cruelty free products contain ingredients that have at some stage been tested.
We all like to keep our homes clean and hygienic for our health, but were you aware that many cleaning products contain toxins that are damaging to our health? These chemicals can not only cause eye and skin irritation, they have even been linked to cancer and birth defects. Breathing conditions such as asthma are exacerbated by harsh chemicals and skin irritations can occur on skin contact. It is important that consumers make informed choices when sourcing products, this website provides reviews on popular products.
Thankfully there are ways to make our homes safer and cleaner for our family. Some natural ingredients commonly found in your kitchen cupboard have excellent cleaning properties. By using these natural products you will be more healthy and you will be safe in the knowledge that none of your cleaning products have been tested on animals.
Baking soda is such an amazing substance with a range of uses. Baking soda is an excellent water softener and has excellent disinfectant and deodorizing qualities.
When baking soda is used as a scourer, grease and oils are easily dispersed, which is fantastic for cleaning, ovens, pans, and BBQs. Oven cleaners contain an alarming array of harmful chemicals, so finding a safe alternative is great news for the health of your family and the environment.
Another cleaner that contains harmful chemicals is those that are used to unblock drains. If you add vinegar to baking soda you will be able to unblock drains, without the use of chemicals. Repeat the process a number of times until the blockage clears.
Sprinkle baking soda onto carpets and pet smells will be eliminated. Be sure to vacuum thoroughly and the carpets will smell as new!
Olive oil is excellent for dusting when mixed with a little lemon juice or vinegar. Eliminating dust naturally will lower the incidence of respiratory conditions such as asthma. Asthma is exacerbated by dust, but can be made worse by breathing in chemicals used to clear the dust!
Olive oil is also excellent for cleaning gardening and kitchen equipment due to its lubricating qualities.
Even the humble lemon languishing at the back of your fridge has excellent cleaning properties. Lemon is fantastic for whitening clothes, with the added benefit of smelling fresh, this is due to the lemons bleaching effect. A countertop cleaner can be created by diluting lemon juice in a spray bottle. Your house will smell amazing, your work surfaces will gleam and you will be safe in the knowledge that the acidic properties of lemon will have eliminated germs.
Vinegar cleans just as effectively as any cleaner that can be bought. Like lemon, vinegar is acidic which makes it an excellent antifungal cleaner and antibacterial cleaner.
White vinegar can be used in all areas of the house. In your bathroom, vinegar used neat will remove limescale from your toilet and dissolve soap scum on your tiles leaving them shiny and fresh.
There is so much that nature provides, we should consider utilizing the benefits within our lives.
Disclosure: This is a contributed post.