Here’s some tips from cleaner extraordinaire Zoe Popper, on how to clean your home without poisoning yourself. Take it away, Zoe…
These days, cleaning your house is like wading through a toxic swamp. There are so many sprays and wipes and hi-tech gizmos designed to help get your home sparkling, but can all these chemicals be good for us?
The average home is awash with toxic chemicals and this has been linked with the rise in allergies, asthma, headaches, insomnia, and skin problems, like eczema. Our immune system needs contact with good honest dirt in order to build proper defences. But when we sluice every surface with chemicals designed to kill all bacteria stone dead, our immune system has nothing to work with. In fact, it leads to an overgrowth of the wrong kind of bacteria which can make the immune system overreact and go into hyperdrive. Hence, allergies.
Not only that, but most of the products we clean our homes with are seriously bad for the environment. You’ve only got to read the labels on some of the bottles for a chill to run down your spine. But if a cleaning product is so bad for other living things, is that really something you want spread over your worktop in the kitchen?
There has to be a better way.
Fortunately, there are easier, and cheaper, ways to get your house clean. There are loads of natural alternatives to the toxic chemicals most of us use daily without even thinking about it. In fact, you’ve probably got most of the ingredients sitting in your kitchen cupboards already.
Here’s some of the basic ingredients you’ll need to get your house Green Clean:
- White wine vinegar
- Bicarbonate of Soda (or Baking Soda)
- Essential oils
- Spray bottles
- Good quality cloths
It may seem a bit of a faff to make your own cleaning products, but most of them last for ages, so once they’re made you can just get on with the business of polishing and scrubbing. Not only will you save money, you’ll also be saving the environment and protecting your own health. Just remember to label the bottles clearly so you don’t forget what’s in them.
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