Natural Cleaning: If you’re new to natural cleaning, you may feel intimidated by the transition from readily available commercial cleaners to a whole new method of cleaning. In reality, it isn’t any more difficult than using harsh chemicals, and it can even prove to be simpler, faster, and more cost effective. If you’re worried about cost, you can transition to natural cleaning in incremental steps. Continue to use your standard cleaners until you run out so you don’t waste money you’ve already spent. Then you can slowly replace those old cleaners with the supplies discussed in this blog. And remember, these all-natural options can improve your family’s health and quality of life.
While it’s true that store-bought natural cleansers can cost more than their conventional counterparts, many natural cleaners use common and inexpensive ingredients that you may already have in your home so consider making your own! Any ingredients you may need to purchase are readily available and usually cost less and last longer than chemical cleaners. Here are some basic supplies you should have on hand to transition to natural cleaning:
All-natural dish soap (store-bought or homemade)
Castile soap or Sal Suds
Containers for DIY cleaning recipes, preferably glass
Distilled water (optional)
Essential oils (optional)
Food-grade diatomaceous earth
Hydrogen peroxide (3%)
Vodka or rubbing alcohol
Even though these ingredients are deemed safer than commercial alternatives, it’s still a good idea to keep them out of reach of children and pets and never ingest these products unless you know they’re edible (e.g., baking soda, salt, cooking oil, and vinegar).
You probably already own a good number of these ingredients, and if not, you could buy them at a local grocery store. Let’s take a closer look at some.
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