It seems like everywhere you look there’s another advisory out on some chemical that’s been shown to hurt your family where you spend most of your time: your home. You see, cleaning supplies help our homes feel clean and fresh, but that doesn’t mean that they are always the best solution out there. If you really want to cut down on the number of chemicals circulating in your home, then it’s definitely time to start thinking about safer ways to get your cleaning chores done.

Thankfully, there are some alternative cleaning materials that you can use when you really do want a cleaner, fresher home. First and foremost, you will want to turn to vinegar and lemon. They are both natural ingredients that will disinfect just about any surface that you can think of. They are safe on countertops as well as on wood surfaces. You will want to make sure that on some surfaces you test a small corner before you start using them, as your material of choice might be a little sensitive.

Baking soda and vinegar can combine together to unclog drains, rather than forcing you to have to use Drano or another product. Avoiding a lot of harsh chemical fumes can help your family breathe a lot easier at night.

Let’s not forget the kitchen. As you well know, there are a lot of bacteria that feed on the moist environment of the kitchen, but that doesn’t mean that you have to keep it that way. Spells can be wiped up with a vinegar-lemon solution. When it comes to vinegar, white vinegar is actually the best choice. Save apple cider vinegar for your health and your hair — white vinegar makes a better cleaning agent. If all of you have is the apple cider variety, then it’s not a problem. Just try to remember to get a big container of vinegar to save money.

You’ll still need to get sponges, spray bottles, and towels. If you really want to go green with these materials, you can choose plastic that isn’t contaminated by BPA, and you can also choose organic cotton towels. These are made with sustainable techniques in mind, which means that you don’t have to worry so much about your environmental footprint.

Overall, going green is a process that can take some time, but all worth it in the end when you have a cleaner, greener home to come back to — why not get started today?

By Tobias

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