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4 Essential Factors to Consider When Transitioning to Natural Cleaning Products

In an era where sustainability is increasingly crucial, many individuals are opting for greener lifestyles to enhance personal well-being while protecting the environment.

As part of this movement, homeowners are reevaluating the products they use daily, including household cleaning supplies. Conventional cleaning products often contain harmful chemicals that can pose risks through ingestion, inhalation, or skin contact. If you're considering the switch to natural cleaning solutions, this article is for you. We'll explore four key considerations to keep in mind when transitioning to eco-friendly cleaning products. 

Let’s dive into the 4 essential factors to consider when transitioning to natural cleaning products.

1. Harness the power of natural cleaning solutions

Sometimes people are hesitant to switch to natural cleaning products because they’re unsure if they will actually clean or disinfect surfaces. In most situations, natural cleaning products are strong enough to take care of everyday cleaning in your home. If you’re wondering which products are effective, click here for HGTV’s list of ‘The Best Natural Home Cleaning Products’.

2. Utilize bulk cleaning products

For additional sustainability and to cut down on single-use plastics, consider investing in refillable glass spray bottles to use with a bulk supply of cleaning liquids or tabs. Not only are you saving money, but displaying glass bottles can add to the aesthetic of your home. Many major retailers have several refill options available in a variety of pleasant scents to personalize your cleaning experience.

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4 Essential Factors to Consider When Transitioning to Natural Cleaning Products

3. Avoid these ingredients

When it comes to selecting household cleaners, it’s crucial to be wary of greenwashing. Greenwashing refers to companies falsely marketing their products with misleading wording or packaging, while persuading the consumer to believe the product is natural or healthy.

Many mainstream cleaning products contain harmful ingredients, and even go as far as including known carcinogens. Protect yourself by reading the label, avoiding harsh chemicals and ensuring the cleaning solutions you are purchasing contain organic and biodegradable substances.

Some examples of chemicals to avoid include ammonia, chlorine, phosphates, synthetic fragrances, parabens, butoxyethanol, ethanolamine, sulfates, phthalates, phenols and triclosan.

4. Integrate DIY options into your cleaning routine

New to do-it-yourself cleaning products? Making your own cleaning products is cost-effective and eco-conscious. Organic, biodegradable ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils can be combined to create effective cleaning solutions. Be sure to do your research when creating a disinfecting solution – potency is important!

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4 Essential Factors to Consider When Transitioning to Natural Cleaning Products

Here is a comprehensive list of ingredients that are commonly used in natural cleaning products and you can use them:

  • Lemon: Effective degreaser with a fresh scent.

  • Vinegar: Mix equal parts water and vinegar for an all-purpose cleaner to use for windows, glass, and general surface cleaning. Bonus: Click here for a list of things NOT to clean with vinegar

  • Baking Soda: Add water to create a paste for a gentle exfoliating cleaner.

  • Essential Oils: Add a few drops to natural cleaners for a pleasant fragrance.

  • Bonus tip: Many essential oils have additional antibacterial properties

  • Castile Soap: Dilute with water to create a versatile all-purpose cleaner, or a foaming hand soap.

  • Olive Oil: Mix with lemon juice for a natural wood polish that leaves surfaces shiney and repels dust.

  • Hydrogen Peroxide: Use as a disinfectant for kitchen and bathroom surfaces.

  • Rubbing alcohol: Use to remove stickiness from surfaces, or mix with water for a disinfectant or window cleaner.

Before using any new cleaning product, including natural solutions, it's important to perform a spot test to prevent any potential damage to your home. These natural cleaning alternatives can jumpstart your switch to products that are safe for both your family and the environment.

In conclusion, switching to natural cleaning products is a great way to live a greener, healthier lifestyle. These products are effective and safe for your family and the environment. Remember to check labels for harmful ingredients, use bulk options to reduce waste, and consider making your own cleaning solutions. By making these small changes, you can create a cleaner, safer, and more sustainable home.

If you’re considering buying or selling a home, don’t hesitate to contact Royal LePage Estate Realty. Our experienced real estate agents are here to help you navigate the market and make informed decisions. Contact us today to get started on your real estate journey!


Written by Michelle McNally – Director of Communications, Royal LePage.



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