Chemical-Free Spring Cleaning

It’s springtime, which means it’s time to scrub, sweep and sanitize every square inch of your house. Spring cleaning is also the perfect time to make the switch from hazardous chemicals to natural cleaning products!

Green Cleaning ProductsThe average home is filled with conventional chemical cleaning products, many of which can have a negative impact on both your family’s health and the health of the environment. But you don’t have to sacrifice sparkle for safety; consider these four popular cleaning products and their non-toxic alternatives:

Window cleaner

  • What’s in it: Isopropanol, propylene glycol, ammonium hydroxide, blue dye
  • Why it’s bad: May cause respiratory discomfort, skin irritation, reproductive problems and destruction of aquatic plants
  • Non-toxic alternative: Vinegar – make your own solution by diluting ¼ cup your vinegar of choice with 2-3 cups of water, or try a  “green” window cleaner made with natural ingredients
    non-toxic window cleaner

    The Clean Collection is made from all-natural, non-toxic ingredients

Furniture polish

  • What’s in it: Phthalates, nitrobenzene, petroleum distillates, phenols
  • Why it’s bad: May cause respiratory and skin irritation, headaches, as well as genetic defects and hormone disruption in humans and animals
  • Non-toxic alternative: Olive oil and lemon juice –mix 1 cup of oil with ½ cup lemon juice for a pleasantly scented natural polish that cleans, shines and protects wood surfaces

Dish soap

  • What’s in it: Chlorine, sodium carbonate, phosphates, artificial color, artificial fragrance
  • Why it’s bad: May cause skin irritations, releases vapors that contribute to indoor pollution and respiratory discomfort, can leave toxic residue on dishes, encourages the growth of algae blooms (a major cause of fish and aquatic plant death)
  • Non-toxic alternative: Try a phosphate-free, natural brand or make your own, with ½ cup liquid castile soap (don’t use regular soap, unless you enjoy cleaning up a bubbly mess!) with ½ cup water and a teaspoon of refreshing lemon juice

Laundry detergent

  • What’s in it: Phosphates, phenols, petroleum distillates, artificial color, artificial fragrance
  • Why it’s bad: Can cause skin irritation, especially for those with sensitive skin, as well as nervous system disruption, respiratory discomfort and water pollution
    Clean Collection Laundry

    Make your own, eco-friendly laundry detergent–or choose a non-toxic, all-natural brand like The Clean Collection

  • Non-toxic alternative: Consider a phosphate-free formula such as The Clean Collection’s lavender detergent. Or if you’re up for the task, try making your own detergent with 1 cup of borax, 1 cup of washing soda, and 1 bar of soap. Shave the bar with a grater and stir in the other ingredients. Use 1 tablespoon per load of laundry.

Have your own “green” cleaning solutions or suggestions? Post them here!

Katie

Katie is a Marketing Editor (and loyal customer) at Vitacost.com. In her spare time, she enjoys biking with her husband, playing with her pets and writing bios about herself.

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