With spring just around the corner, it’s about that time to start feeling a warmer breeze, noticing more flowers in bloom, and—getting rid of dirt and clutter? While some love it and some hate it, spring cleaning allows us to open our windows and doors, free the filth, and prepare for months of a spick-and-span home. But, wait. According to environmental experts, the average household contains approximately 62 toxic chemicals, including the ones in popular cleaners that we’re exposed to on a daily basis.
For instance, there’s Perchloroethylene, or “Perc,” which is added to spot removers, carpet and upholstery cleaners, and dry cleaning solutions. When exposed, we can feel dizziness and loss of coordination. Another one is 2-Butoxyethanol. Found in window, kitchen, and other multipurpose cleaners, this chemical can lead to sore throats if inhaled, as well as narcosis and liver and kidney damage. That’s OK, though. We don’t need them because luckily and thankfully, there are non-toxic alternatives to common cleaning ingredients that are said to promote even better results. Let’s take a look!
1. Baking soda: With virus-killing abilities, baking soda can cut through grease and grime while brightening any surface of your home.
2. Lemon juice: This clean, lemon-drop scent can shine hard surfaces, kill germs, and create an aromatic environment.
3. Borax: A safer chemical compound, borax gets rid of rust stains, kills mold, and makes detergents even more effective when added to a laundry wash.
4. Vinegar: Beyond helping your brass, copper, and pewter shine, vinegar can remove streaks from stainless steel appliances and glass windows.
5. Essential oils: Not only can certain essential oils (like rosemary and eucalyptus) freshen linens, but they also remove stains and clean countertops.
6. Castile soap: Made from 100 percent plant oils, castile soap is known best for cutting through grease.
If you want to make your own brass cleaner, it’s been said that mixing white vinegar and some salt on a cloth can work wonders. What about an all-purpose cleaner and deodorizer? Baking soda and warm water. A heavy-duty scrub? Lemon juice and borax. Start fresh this spring with non-toxic cleaning ingredients that will leave you and your home healthy and chemical-free. And if you know of more DIY cleaning products, we’d love if you would share them in the comment section below! Here’s to living a holistic lifestyle.
Allyson Miller is a bookworm, history nerd and outdoor enthusiast who loves writing creative and informational content for SBT in Rock Hill, SC. Depending on the day, you can find her with her nose in historical documents, shopping for trendy exercise outfits or trying new cooking recipes. Allyson dreams that one day, engineers will figure out a way to build roller coasters sans the incline, ridding her of coasterphobia.