You might have thought about making your own cleaning products, but maybe it was just a fleeting thought. Who has the time to mix up a concoction before cleaning the house? Actually, it doesn’t take long, and you probably have the ingredients right in your kitchen. You can even make up a big batch and store it in a spray bottle or a jar. Following are three compelling reasons to make homemade green cleaning products.
1. Homemade cleaning products are cheap to make
Some green cleaning products cost mere pennies to make. Do you have vinegar in your pantry? Baking soda? Using a mixture of half vinegar and half water, you can make your own fruit and vegetable wash, or you could even use it as a light duty surface cleaner. Baking soda and vinegar make a great scrub for the stovetop or the shower. If you use essential oils to make your cleaning products, it might cost a little more to buy the bottle initially, but you only need to use a few drops at a time.
2. Chemical-free cleaners are healthier for you
Most commercial cleaning products contain numerous chemicals that are not healthy for you or your family. When you use them to clean the house, these chemicals can penetrate the skin and enter your bloodstream. That “clean house” smell? Your family is breathing the fumes from those toxic chemicals. Certain chemicals can be skin and lung irritants – and those are some of the nicer side effects.
3. Green cleaning products are better for the environment
Lastly, your green, homemade cleaning products are much more gentle on our planet. Those chemicals in the store-bought cleaners are not only harming you, but they eventually end up in the ground and in the bodies of water, where they can potentially destroy wildlife.
If you are interested in switching to homemade green cleaning products, see the link below for five cleaner recipes.
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