Everyone yearns for a clean kitchen. But, especially these days, it is very critical to be aware that not all of the cleaning products we use in our Hanover County homes are safe for our environment. The exciting news is that there are many eco-friendly cleaning products easily accessible now than ever before to make our kitchens sparkle. Basically, with only a few simple ingredients, most people already have in their cupboards, you can easily make safe, effective, natural cleaning products that cost a fraction of store-bought brands that absolutely work nearly as well or better.
There are plenty of solid reasons in favor of the use of eco-friendly cleaning products in the kitchen. Harsh chemicals can be very harmful to your skin, eyes, nose, throat, and respiratory system. Likewise, they provide a serious threat to any pets or sensitive members of the household. Aside from the negative effects on your health, several store-bought cleaning products contain chemicals that can harm the environment as well. Toxic chemicals can easily find a way from our kitchen drain into rivers, lakes, and groundwater, killing vegetation, polluting the soil, and poisoning fish and animals.
Eco-friendly products, on the flip side, use these simple, non-toxic ingredients that are better for the environment. The big problem is that not all brands that claim to be “natural” or “organic” are truly eco-friendly. There are few federal regulations that define which products can claim to be “natural.” In addition, there are no regulations that require cleaning product manufacturers to list the ingredients in their products on their packaging.
It implies that it really depends on the informed consumer to either do some research to find the truly eco-friendly brands of cleaning products available or make your own. In truth, some of the best eco-friendly cleaning products you can make or buy contain the same simple ingredients: white vinegar and baking soda. Used in several different combinations, these two pantry staples can tackle almost any mess your kitchen can produce. With some other common, versatile cleaning supplies, you could surely clean your entire kitchen, floor to ceiling, without resorting to the harsh chemicals included in many store-bought brands.
To cite an instance, sealed wood and tile floors can be cleaned and disinfected with just a little white vinegar, some warm water, and a mop or rag. Allowing that the smell of vinegar may not be all that pleasant, you could easily add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to make your kitchen smell great. The same thing applies to clean one of the messiest parts of your kitchen: inside the oven. Getting that burned-on gunk off your oven’s interior can be a difficult task. Nevertheless, with a little baking soda, water, and some patience, you can use a baking soda paste to remove all that tough grime. For an optimal outcome, you will need to allow the baking soda paste to sit overnight before scrubbing.
In the same manner, glass and shiny surfaces can also be cleaned with eco-friendly ingredients. To do so, you only have to mix together some rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, corn starch, and water in a clean spray bottle. Then simply spray and wipe clean with a lint-free or microfiber cloth. It’s a good idea not to use paper towels to clean glass and shiny surfaces since they are not eco-friendly and also tend to leave streaks and bits of paper towel behind.
If making your own cleaning products still don’t quite seem interesting, there are quite a few eco-friendly options now available. Some of the more popular brands include Mrs. Meyer’s products, Bon Ami cleansers, and Method brand products. These and similar brands guarantee that their products are both safe and effective, not to mention eco-friendly. Lots of these brands additionally use 100% postconsumer recycled plastics in their packaging.
It makes no difference whether you prefer to buy or make kitchen cleaning products, it is most likely that when you have started you will never go back to harsh chemicals again. Not only will you seriously protect yourself and your home, but equally important, you will be doing your part for the environment, too.
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