Homemade Cleaning Products

Green Cleaning on a Budget!

Did you know that homemade cleaning products will get your house as clean as commercial brand cleaners? In addition, you will avoid unwanted toxins and potentially save some serious money. In fact, I am willing to bet you have nearly everything you need to get your house looking great right now.

Think about the bottles of cleaners you have in your home today. You know the ones. They have a poison or cross-bones symbol on them. Did you know every time you use these cleaners, you leave a residue on the surface you just cleaned? This can be dangerous for everyone in your family. Think about your child crawling across your newly cleaned floors. Think about your kids putting their toothbrushes on the bathroom counter and then in their mouth.

This is not good.

Yearly, chemical based cleaning products account for nearly 10% of all toxic exposures in North America. Many store-bought cleaners have been linked to skin irritations, asthma and even cancer. That is some pretty scary stuff we are bringing into our homes and the simple fact is we don’t need these products to get our homes clean.

Some skeptics wonder if homemade cleaners can do as good of a job as their chemical based cousins. The fact is they can. Green cleaning is gaining momentum for good reason. Not only do homemade cleaning products help us get rid of these nasty toxins, they can save us a pile of money over time. These money-saving cleaners are usually made from:

  • Baking soda – great for almost everything and a natural deodorizer
  • Tea tree oil – provides a fresh and natural scent
  • Washing soda (Sodium Carbonate) – great for removing oily stains
  • A natural soap or detergent – double check the label to verify it is chemical free
  • White distilled vinegar – an economical natural agent that is an effective cleaner
  • Quartered lemons – terrific for getting at nasty mildew on bathroom tile grout

Here are a couple simple examples of how baking soda can replace expensive store-bought cleaners. Use baking soda to clean the counter tops in your kitchen or bathroom. By making a paste from baking soda and water, you create a very powerful cleaner.

Try adding baking soda to a bowl in any room in your house to remove unpleasant odors. You can even sprinkle it on your carpets and then vacuum it up minutes later. This works very well if you have pets and want to get rid of the smell they can leave behind.

In general, homemade products cost a mere fraction of the price associated with their chemical based cousins. And they do a great job. Industry estimates put the cost of homemade cleaning products at about 10 percent of their commercial counterparts.

Let us put it another way. To do comparable work, for the $100 you spend a year on store-bought cleaning products, homemade cleaning products will do it for just $10. I may not be a math genius, but I can figure that one out for sure.

There are a number of natural cleaning products on the market today. If you don’t have the time to make your own homemade cleaning products there are lots of options out there. Stay green to get it clean, you will be happy that you did.

This article was provided by guest author Pamela Fiske of Cleaning Naked. Cleaning Naked provides eco friendly cleaning advice to keep your family safe, your house clean and your money in your wallet.

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