Avoiding Harmful Chemicals When Cleaning – Guest Post

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Cleaning is one of those household tasks that we all have to do, whether we like it or not. Using commercial cleaning products that are powerful and effective is easy, but not always the best idea. One of the down sides of it is that most of these products are full of harmful chemicals, which are toxic and therefore neither eco-friendly, nor good for our health. In fact, if you only take a look at what you have in your kitchen, a great deal of products and ingredients can be mixed to produce strong cleaning solutions.

You’d be surprised at how many homemade recipes you could use for cleaning just about anything at home – glass, furniture, floors, tiles, etc. Some natural products have been used for decades for cleaning and they give perfect results. Here is some more information on how to avoid toxic cleaners and harmful chemicals.

Drain Cleaners


These are some of the most toxic ones, but they are still used in just about every home. When there is a clogged drain and you have to fix it, all you want is a quick and powerful solution, but do you stop and check what’s the product made of? If you are conscious about your health and about the environment, you will pick a different method – a drain snake or a drain auger would do just as well. You can buy them from a hardware store. The way to use them is by pushing down the drain and rotating them. This way you can grab onto what’s clogging the drain. You could even buy a cheap plastic one, which is still a better option than using a product which has toxic fumes. Another way is to dissolve what’s clogging the drain by pouring some vinegar and baking soda in it. Sprinkle a cup of 200 gr of baking soda, then pour a cup of vinegar. Cover the drain so the foam goes down and not up. Leave it like that for about an hour, then pour a cup of boiling hot water.

Cleaning the toilet

The commercial toilet bowl cleaners are quite toxic, but how else could you clean that nasty ring and all the stains? In fact, there are other methods you can use just as successfully. Pour one cup of baking soda and a cup of white vinegar in the toilet. This will produce a foam which you can rub with a toilet brush into the bowl. The result is a sparkling clean toilet that you just have to flush down.

All-Purpose Cleaner

You can prepare a completely natural all-purpose cleaner with which you can clean windows, stove tops, countertops, tables and many more areas. Mix hot water with white vinegar. Vinegar is one of the ultimate cleaning products, but many people don’t use it because of the strong smell. Don’t worry –the minute it dries out, the smell will be gone. You can use it for cleaning the bathroom tiles and all the glass surfaces in the bathroom too.

Glass Cleaner

Why waste money on commercial glass cleaners, when you can prepare your own and pour it in a spray bottle?

It’s simple, affordable and effective. Fill a sink with hot water (a few cups), after that add cornstarch and stir it all. The ratio is about 25% cornstarch to 75% water. Dip a clean cloth in this mixture and wring it out a little. Use the washcloth to wipe down glass surfaces.

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