As the weather cools off, you may start to spend more time inside and realize your house could use a good cleaning. This could also be a good time to evaluate your old cleaning supplies and make a few changes. Cleaning products have improved in recent years and are now safer for you and your family, and better for the environment.
Experts say that you should look for household cleaners that are less caustic and friendlier to both the environment and the body. Look for "green" and "nontoxic" cleaners, or products that say, "petroleum-free," "biodegradable," "phosphate-free," "VOC-free," or "solvent-free." These products contain natural, more gentle cleaning agents and are less likely to cause eye or skin irritation, allergies or accidental poisonings.
Sometimes green cleaning products can be a little more expensive. However, many household cleaners can be diluted with water and still clean quite effectively. Diluting a cleaner is an easy way of making your cleaning supplies last longer. Many people also choose to make their own natural cleaning products out of household items like vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda. If you make your own products, it’s important to do your research first and take special care in food prep areas, like the kitchen.
There are so many great options out there and replacing just a few of your go-tos with safer, gentler products can make a big difference in the cleanliness and enjoyment of your home. Here’s a list of some top green cleaning products to get you started.