The smell of some cleaners alone is enough to alert us to the present of some chemical or toxin. But when is this a necessary evil to properly disinfect our home, and when is it worth looking into natural cleaners? What are “green” cleaners, “organic” disinfectants? How can you tell the ones that work from those that do little more than add some shine to your counter?
What’s wrong with industrial strength cleaners? It does depend on the individual sensitivity and the environment in which it is used, but there may be some problems. Volatile organic compounds, used to enhance the performance of a product, can impair neurological functions, while other chemicals can act as respiratory irritants, carcinogens or reproductive toxins, depending upon the extent of exposure, according to the National Environmental Trust and other environmental groups.
First, be assured that your day to day usage of small quantities of normal or natural cleaning products in a well-ventilated space will not be harmful to your health, according to the National Environmental Trust. But natural cleaning products can work–and there are pros to using them in place of your typical bleach and windex. Some experts emphasize that more frequent cleanings will require less intense cleaners. Clean more often, and you won’t need so much power to cut through the built-up grime.
Some reputable green cleaner brands include Method, Seventh Generation, and Ecos. These companies ensure organic ingredients, ban harmful chemicals from their products, and will effectively clean and disinfect. These products will cost a little more than standard cleaning products. But, although the green line of cleaning products is often more pricey, don’t lose hope! You can make a number of cleaning solutions with common household items:
Vinegar is almost 100% effective at killing germs when left on a surface for minimum 60 seconds. Pro-tip: use vinegar and newspaper to get streak-free and clean glass.
Baking soda cuts through grime, cleans and brightens.
Mold and mildew? Lemon juice not only gets rid of it, but will cut through grease and leave the space smelling citrus fresh.
Silver need a polish? The olive oil in the kitchen will shine it up.
Natural cleaners can be a great way to actually save on cleaning products, rid your home of harmful toxins, and are another way to go green. Questions about insuring your now naturally fresh and clean home? Call BMR Insurance at (714) 838-1911 today for a free quote.