If you need to get rid of gunk accumulated in the grout, or just clean your tiles, you might be considered about what sort of chemicals you’re spraying around your loved ones when you use one of those store bought cleaning products. If you’re on a search for a non-toxic, natural cleaning product you can find one below.
But first, let’s take a look at what harmful and toxic ingredients can be found in commercially available cleaning products:
- Chlorine: This chemical can cause respiratory irritation and other chronic and acute health issues.
- Ammonia: Ammonia is a powerful irritant, claims Dona Kasuska, a chemical engineer and president of ChemConscious, Inc, a risk-management consulting company.
- Perc: New York Attorney General’s office environmental protection department claims that perc is a powerful neurotoxin, and it is classified as a potential carcinogen.
- Sodium hydroxide: An extremely corrosive substance known to cause sore throat, as well as severe burns when it comes in contact with skin.
- Quats: This antimicrobial agent is known to promote antibiotic-resistant bacteria growth. It can also cause respiratory issues such as asthma.
- Phthalates: They are a true enemy of our endocrine system, as they infer the function and secretion of multiple hormones, especially fertility related ones.
- 2-butoxyethanol:Known to cause kidney damage, pulmonary edema, as well as severe liver damage.
- Triclosan: Promotes growth of drug-resistant bacteria, interferes with hormone production, and can increase the risk of cancer.
If you’re feeling scared of all the potential harm that cleaning products can cause, don’t be. Your bathroom and kitchen still need to be cleaned regularly, as these areas of the house can both be a source of disease if left unattended for prolonged periods of time. As mentioned in the introduction, there is a harmless, natural alternative to commercial cleaning products, and it can be prepared quickly and easily, with only a few ingredients that you more than likely have laying around the house.
- One teaspoon of liquid dish soap
- Half a cup of baking soda
- Quarter cup of hydrogen peroxide
Baking soda has become famous for its ability to kill microbes and perform as a natural disinfectant.
Hydrogen peroxide is used instead of bleach, which has a strong, pungent smell, and it remove all the stains on the tiles. It will also whiten the grout between tiles.
- Get a small squeeze top bottle
- Mix all the ingredients and add them to the bottle
- Apply the mixture to a sponge and scrub for smaller, easier to clean stains and the entire kitchen or bathroom area
- Rinse the area with plain water
- With more stubborn stains, apply the mixture and let it sit for 10 minutes
- Scrub with the sponge
- Rinse with water
In order to prevent quick build-up of stains, and make a barrier against bacteria, mix water with vinegar in 1:1 ratio and pour into a spray bottle. Apply the mixture to the kitchen or a bathroom area you wish to protect. You can also spray some of the mixture after you take a shower.
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