One of the first steps I took towards creating a Slow Home for our family, was to rid my cleaning cupboard of any nasty commercial cleaning products. Not only are they laden with dangerous, smelly, harmful chemicals, but they are expensive and unnecessary.
A slow home is as much about treading lightly on the earth as it is about cutting out excess stuff, and living a simple life is all about doing it yourself, where possible.
This is the Ultimate Green Cleaning Guide, and it will teach you how to clean each major part of your home using only a handful of non-toxic ingredients.
If this feels too overwhelming though, there are a few ingredients you really should be avoiding in any commercial cleaners you do buy:
Ammonia. Poisonous when swallowed, extremely irritating to respiratory passages. It’s found in many bathroom, kitchen and tile cleaners.
Antibacterial soap. These don’t actually kill viruses and do more harm than good. Triclosan is the main ingredient and it contributes to bacterial resistance.
Bleach. Bleach is irritating to the lungs and eyes. It’s also dreadful for the environment.
Diethanolamine (DEA) & triethanolamine (TEA). Nasty.
Phosphates. These are still found in dishwasher powders and tablets and may leave residues on your crockery and cutlery.
Sodium hydroxide (lye). Corrosive and extremely irritating. Avoid at all cost.
Do you have any special green cleaning recipes to share? Or any problem areas you would like to tackle without chemicals, but you don’t quite know how? Let us know!