Do you ever feel dizzy or irritated after you’ve cleaned your house? Have you ever experienced headaches after using bleach and bathroom cleaning products? It is an indication that your household and cleaning products have harmful chemicals in them. They bring a massive risk to human health and the environment. More and more people are now trying to make a switch to safer alternatives. It can be a huge step, but with motivation and other people’s help, you can make it happen. This is why we created this article to help you with how to replace household chemicals with these few eco-friendly alternatives you can try.
Create Your Own
One smart way to replace your household chemical is by creating your own solution from scratch. By doing so, you can guarantee that there are no unsafe ingredients in it. They are also good for the environment, safe for kids and pets, and leave less carbon footprint. If you don’t know how to do it, don’t worry because there are many sources on the internet, starting from zero waste laundry detergent that is good for your clothes to furniture polish that is good for your house. To give you an idea of some of the DIY cleaning solutions, here are a couple of examples:
- All-Purpose Cleaners – mix baking soda and water
- Laundry Detergents – mix castile soap, baking powder, and essential oils
- Glass and Window Cleaners – mix cornstarch and water
- Insect Repellants – use citrus oil spray
Creating your own household solution is simple, cheap, and more importantly, you can be assured that it is safer for everyone in the household.
Buy Green Products
Another way to ensure that the products you are using are safe is to buy green products. When buying things, evaluate the products and ingredients thoroughly. Many companies these days are “greenwashing“. They are labeling their products eco-friendly and safe, but it’s just for advertising and marketing. Always check the ingredients, a green product will not include these:
Here are just some of the commonly used harmful substances on our household chemicals. You can research more about some of the ingredients that can be a danger to your health.
Ditch Everything Harmful
Yes! You should remove everything from your house for it to be safer, but switching doesn’t need to be done drastically. You just need a strategy to make the transition swiftly. In ditching everything harmful, you can begin in one area of the house first. Ditch everything harmful from the bathroom and follow with garden material to kitchen supplies. It may be hard to let go of your all-purpose cleaning material or the good smelling fabric softener, but it needs to be done for your own sake.
Being mindful of the earth and thinking of safer alternatives for your household is a significant step. We all deserve safe and effective products. With these ways mentioned above, we hope that it will be easier for you to let go of the “good old” chemicals you are accustomed to and embrace the new, safer alternatives.