There’s no denying natural cleaning products can get a bad rap. There are common misconceptions that natural cleaning is ineffective and that it’s hard to maintain, especially around the home or office, but this couldn’t be further than the truth. Natural cleaning products are a great choice for the environment, and a safe option around small children and pets. Let’s take a deep dive into the truth about natural cleaning products so you can understand how they are a great addition to your home and workplace.
First, let’s look at their traditional counterparts – chemical cleaners. You may not realise that there are a lot of ingredients that make up these cleaners that make them incredibly toxic. If you understood the impact they have, you probably wouldn’t be leaving them lying around the house in reach of your kids or pets. You also probably wouldn’t want your office cleaners using them, either. Popular ingredients include:
Ammonia. This is commonly found in polishing agents like your classic glass, mirror or window cleaner. But did you know that ammonia is a powerful irritant that can cause breathing issues?
Triclosan. This ingredient is hard to avoid. It’s found in most liquid dishwashing detergents and antibacterial hand soaps. But it can cause more harm than good. Triclosan is an aggressive antibacterial agent that has the potential to encourage the growth of drug-resistant bacteria.
Phthalate. This nasty chemical is found in household products that contain fragrances, like soap, air fresheners, and even some toilet paper. Phthalate contains endocrine disruptors that can disrupt your hormones.
Perchloroethylene or “PERC.” This is a dangerous neurotoxin and possible carcinogen that can be found in spot removers, dry-cleaning solutions, and carpet and upholstery cleaners. You’ll want to avoid this chemical at all costs.
Now that you know the dirty on the traditional cleaners, it’s time to turn your attention back to the natural alternatives. So, what are the benefits?
They won’t harm the environment
Traditional cleaning products are manufactured in ways that are harmful to the environment. Not only that, but when you use them, their chemicals are released into the air. On the other hand, natural cleaners go through transparent processes and are created in a way that does not hurt the environment. Brands that manufacture these products also try to use recyclable or biodegradable packaging to minimise waste.
Take Uri-bug™ as an example. It is an effective powerful Biological treatment for cleaning and deodorising urinals and washroom associated areas. The product combines biodegradable surfactants and specially selected bacterial strains, which digest organic debris and in particular target urinals. So in a nutshell, it’s good bacteria fighting bad bacteria, which then gets washed away and becomes food for marine life. Making it environmentally friendly.
They get the job done
While there are rumours floating around that natural cleaning solutions aren’t as effective as natural alternatives, this couldn’t be further than the truth. Think back in time – what did your grandparents or their grandparents use to clean? Over 50 years ago, most people would have used natural household ingredients like vinegar to clean their windows and baking soda to make their pots and pans sparkle. The effectiveness of these home remedies hasn’t changed, the only thing that has is that traditional products have come on the market. If you work in an office or own a commercial building, the chances are that your office cleaner uses traditional products. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Most cleaners will be open to making the switch to natural, so why don’t you ask yours?
You can make them yourself
The great thing about natural cleaners is that you can DIY them for only a few quid usually ingredients that you probably already have around the home. You can make glass cleaner with a mixture of water and white vinegar. Make a homemade multipurpose cleaner by combining two tablespoons of baking soda with 125ml of vinegar, 500ml of water and 15 drops of tea tree oil. Use this formula around the house to keep your space looking clean and smelling fresh.
If you’d prefer the convenience of simply picking your products off a shelf or adding them to a cart online, then there are plenty of options out there. The good thing is that store-bought products don’t have to be expensive either.
Now that you’re equipped with the right information about natural cleaners, you can make an informed decision. Ultimately, you’ve got to make the choice that’s best for your family or employees – because they’re the ones who’ll feel the impact of the products the most.