You Cleaners are Polluters

Happy Monday! We’re almost into December and this will be  week three of the Bee Green Project. Here’s your new tip of the week:

Replace chemical cleaning products with natural solutions.

Chemically based cleaning products are often filled with toxic chemicals that are poisonous  to humans if they’re ingested. Not only are they immediately hazardous, but they also can have negative long term effects such as  higher risks of certain cancers.

If we aren’t supposed to ingest them, why should we expose our environment to them?

Many detergents break down into toxic chemicals such as octylphenol, which is not biodegradable and can have severe effects on the hormones of aquatic animals. Phosphates are also dangerous to the environment, as they spawn excessive algae growth that depletes the water’s oxygen supply. I could literally go on for hours about the long list of dangerous chemicals used in household cleaners and the effects they have on the environment and living organisms, but I think you get the point.

There are dozens of alternative solutions and substances that you can use instead of store bought chemicals. Here are a few solutions to try:

  • Baking Soda: Baking soda is an essential staple of natural cleaners with proven virus-killing abilities that also effectively brightens, and cuts through grease and grime. Good for cleaning in the kitchen and the bathroom.
  • Castile Soap: Castile soap is a style of soap that’s made entirely from plant oils, meaning it uses no animal products or chemical detergent. 
  • Vinegar: Thanks to its acidity, vinegar is a natural cleaning wonder. it effectively and gently eliminates grease, soap scum, and grime.
  • Lemon Juice: Natural lemon juice attacks mildew and mold, cuts through grease, and shines hard surfaces. Also, it gives you a fresh clean scent without the chemicals!
  • Olive Oil: A wonder kitchen ingredient, Good for both cleaning kitchen supplies and polishing
  • Essential Oils: These naturally occurring plant compounds make great scent additions to homemade cleaning products and can cover of the smell of vinegar if that’s unappealing to you. Be aware that some essential oils can trigger allergies.

I will be doing some research on natural cleansers this week and trying out some DIY recipes! More to come later this week, so for now feel free to try out a few of these cleansers yourself! Remember, the less pollutants we put in our water supply and landfills, the better!

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