Given all the dangers of chemical cleaning products, it’s safer to use organic cleansers that are made from natural like plants and minerals. Admittedly, they are a little more expensive, but they pay for themselves. The health and well being of your family is well worth the extra money.
However, as a consumer, you have the right to know what you’re paying for, and whether you’re getting the best value for your money. Here are some facts on natural cleaning products that can help you make that informed choice.
What makes natural cleansers different from chemical cleansers?
Natural cleaning products are made mostly of biodegradable products like baking soda, distilled vinegar and essential oils. Colorants or any other synthetic products that are pollutants and non-biodegradable are not used.
What are the benefits of using all-natural cleaning products?
You know exactly what is in your cleaning product – and it’s not a bunch of chemical compounds that a normal person may not understand.
Because you know exactly what your all-natural cleaning products are made of, you need not worry about any harmful effects on you and your family.
You’ll avoid exposing yourself and loved ones to the cumulative toxins found in commercial synthetic cleaners.
Using natural cleaning products improves the quality of air you breathe at home and doesn’t pollute the water we put back into our planet through our drains.
You can customize your own homemade cleaning product depending on your desired scent, and cleaning effectiveness.
Are there people who are at bigger risk to the health hazards of chemical cleansers?
Pregnant women should not be exposed to chemical cleansers because of the presence of mutagens which can cause birth defects. Children can also suffer lower IQ or stunted brain development from exposure to dangerous compounds. Other ‘risk groups’ are the elderly, pets, and people who suffer form asthma and skin allergies.
Why are all natural cleaning products more expensive?
All-natural cleaners are more expensive now because the demand is not as high as the regular cleaners. However, if you factor in healthcare costs brought about by synthetic chemicals like skin irritation and respiratory sickness, then buying natural products may actually the cheaper alternative.
You can also try making your own natural cleaning products using our easy recipes here at o5.com. You will find out how to mix and use the following safe ingredients:
1. Baking soda. Cleans appliances, bathtubs, carpets, china, counters, drains, floors, marble, pots and pans. Deodorizes appliances, basements, bathrooms, books, carpets, kitchens, laundry, sneakers.
2. Vinegar: Cleans appliances, bathtubs, chrome, crystal, drains, faucets, furniture, clothes, showers, toilet bowls.
3. Salt. Cleans carpets, cast-iron pans, drains, egg spills, grease stains, laundry, perspiration stains, stainless steel sinks, upholstery spills, some furniture (like whicker), wine stains.
4. White toothpaste. Shines jewelry and silverware; removes clothing stains, small scratches and burn marks from woodwork. Cleans floors, furniture, takes crayon and marker marks off walls.
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