In our own journey towards a more natural lifestyle, that includes the cleaning products that we use. We’re trying our best to cut down on cleaning products that use harsh chemicals- both to benefit our family and the environment. But how do you find organic cleaning solutions? And for that matter, how do you find organic cleaning solutions on a budget? Buying organic cleaning products can be expensive, but it doesn’t always have to be. Today we’re going to talk about organic cleaning solutions and be on the lookout for our follow up posts where we talk about making your own organic cleaning products.
Organic products may not be for everyone, but they are the choice for us.
Organic cleaning supplies will often have plant extracts and natural minerals on the ingredient lists. Some will have flower essences (such as lavender) to give your home a soothing scent.
Look for products that contain essential oils. These are oils from natural items such as lemon or pine. Cleaning ingredients that are organic in nature will also often have the word “biodegradable” on the label.
Baking soda is a natural cleaner and is often used to scrub and whiten stains.
White vinegar can be used to clean through grease, to get rid of stains and even as pest control. Ants will avoid white vinegar, so if you clean around your window frames and any crevices with white vinegar, this will take care of any ant problems.
Vinegar can also be used to kill mold, clean a garbage disposal and even to take out stains left by tea and coffee in your cups. It’s also great for getting rid of lime deposits.
Some other organic cleaning ingredients found in green cleaners are coconut, minerals and salt. You might not think of salt as a natural cleaner, but it is. Salt can be used as an abrasive and it can also be used to dry up liquids spilled on carpets.
Look for cleaners that contain castile soap. This soap is made of natural olive oil and can be used for cleaning counter tops. It can also be used to clean clothes and it’s great on the hands. People with allergies often find it easier to use castile soap than any other type of soap.
When you’re buying organic cleaners, just remember that the labels should have ingredients that you would recognize from nature. Also look for keywords like non-abrasive and non-flammable, because this is indicative of it being chemical-free.
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