Nobody would turn down a clean kitchen. But recent times have made it essential to know that not all of the cleaning products we use in our Bangor homes are safe for our environment. The idea is that there are more eco-friendly cleaning products at your disposal to make our kitchens sparkle. With a few simple ingredients most people already have in their cupboards, you could make safe, effective, natural cleaning products that only cost a fraction of store-bought brands that produce the same results if not better.
There are many positive effects when using eco-friendly cleaning products in the kitchen. Harsh chemicals can be very harmful to your skin, eyes, nose, throat, and respiratory system. Secondly, they pose a serious threat to any pets or sensitive members of the household. Besides the negative effects on your health, a multitude of store-bought cleaning products contains chemicals that can harm the environment as well. Toxic chemicals could easily leak out from our kitchen drains into rivers, lakes, and groundwater, killing vegetation, polluting the soil, and poisoning fish and animals.
Eco-friendly products, by the way, only use simple, non-toxic ingredients that are better for the environment. The catch is that not all brands that claim to be “natural” or “organic” are truly eco-friendly. There exist only a few federal regulations that define which products can claim to be “natural.” And also, there are no regulations that require cleaning product manufacturers to list the ingredients in their products on their packaging.
This would tell us that the informed consumer has to do some research to find the truly eco-friendly brands of cleaning products available or make your own. Some of the best eco-friendly cleaning products you can make or buy contain the same simple ingredients: white vinegar and baking soda. When used in several mixes, these two pantry staples can tackle almost any mess your kitchen can produce. With a few more common, versatile cleaning supplies, you should be able to clean your entire kitchen, floor to ceiling, without resorting to the harsh chemicals included in many store-bought brands.
Consider this, sealed wood and tile floors can be cleaned and disinfected with just a little white vinegar, some warm water, and a mop or rag. While the smell of vinegar may not be all that pleasant, you can easily add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to make your kitchen smell great. The former also holds for cleaning one of the messiest parts of your kitchen: inside the oven. Getting that burned-on gunk off your oven’s interior can be a difficult task. But with the combination of a little baking soda, water, and some patience, you can use a baking soda paste to remove all that tough grime. For the best result, please wait and allow the baking soda paste to sit overnight before scrubbing.
In the same manner, glass and shiny surfaces can also be cleaned with eco-friendly ingredients. To achieve this, you could mix together some rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, corn starch, and water in a clean spray bottle. Then just simply spray and wipe clean with a lint-free or microfiber cloth. A good idea would be not to use paper towels to clean glass and shiny surfaces since they are not eco-friendly and also tend to leave streaks and bits of paper towel behind.
In the event that making your own cleaning products will not be possible, there are quite a few eco-friendly options now available. Topping the list of the more popular brands include Mrs. Meyer’s products, Bon Ami cleansers, and Method brand products. These and similar brands guarantee that their products are both safe and effective, not to mention eco-friendly. A lot of these brands are opting to use 100% postconsumer recycled plastics in their packaging.
Irrespective of whether you choose to buy or make kitchen cleaning products, once you switch to natural, you will never go back to harsh chemicals again. Not only will you be safeguarding yourself and your house, but you will also as well be doing your part for the environment, too.
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