Few things in life are more enjoyable than a tidy, gleaming kitchen. However, not all of the cleaning supplies we use in our Trinidad residences are good for the environment. The good news is that there are now more eco-friendly cleaning products on the market than ever before. In truth, you can create natural cleaning products that are safe, efficient, and cost a fraction of what store-bought goods do with a few basic items you probably already have in your pantry.
Why Use Eco-Friendly Products?
There are numerous advantages to using environmentally friendly cleaning products in kitchens. Harsh chemicals can be particularly bad for your eyes, throat, skin, nose, and respiratory system. They also seriously endanger domestic pets and sensitive people. In addition to having negative impacts on your health, many cleaning products you may buy at the store include chemicals in them that are bad for the environment. From our kitchen sink drains, toxic chemicals can enter groundwater, rivers, and lakes where they can poison fish and animals, pollute the soil, and kill vegetation.
On the other hand, eco-friendly cleaning products use straightforward, non-toxic, and environmentally preferable chemicals. However, not all “natural” or “organic” brands are environmentally friendly. The items that can make the “natural” claim are limited by federal restrictions. Likewise, there aren’t any laws requiring makers of cleaning products to identify the chemicals on the product’s packaging. This implies that it is the responsibility of the informed consumer to either research the truly eco-friendly cleaning product brands that are available or manufacture their own.
Simple Ingredients = Safer Cleaning
Many of the best homemade and store-bought eco-friendly cleaning products involve the same two simple substances: baking soda and white vinegar. Used in varied combinations, these two pantry essentials can handle practically any mess your kitchen can make. You don’t need to use the corrosive chemicals in many store-bought brands to thoroughly clean your entire kitchen with only a few basic common cleaning supplies. Here are just a few examples:
- Floors: You may wash and disinfect sealed wood and tile floors with just a little warm water, white vinegar, and a mop or towel. Although vinegar may not have a particularly pleasant smell, you may easily add a drop or two of your preferred essential oil to transform the odor of your kitchen.
- Ovens: It might be challenging to remove the baked-on grime from the interior of your oven. But with enough bit of baking soda, water, and perseverance, you can use a baking soda paste to extract all that obstinate muck. Before scrubbing, you should let the baking soda paste sit overnight for the best results.
- Glass and Shiny Surfaces: Combine rubbing alcohol, cornstarch, water, and white vinegar in a clean spray bottle to clean glass and other polished surfaces. Next, spritz and wipe thoroughly with a lint-free or microfiber towel. Since paper towels are not eco-friendly and often leave stains and pieces of paper towel behind, using them to wipe the glass and bright surfaces is not a smart idea.
Buy or DIY?
There are plenty of environmentally friendly solutions now if producing your own cleaning products still doesn’t sound tempting. Bon Ami cleansers, Method brand products, and Mrs. Meyer’s products are a few of the most well-known brands. These and other comparable companies promise that their goods are not only eco-friendly but also safe and efficient. Some of these brands utilize 100% post-consumer recycled plastic in their packaging.
After you learn about the advantages of eco-friendly cleaners, you might never go back to using harsh chemicals in your kitchen cleaning products again, whether you decide to buy them or manufacture them yourself. You will protect yourself, your property, and the environment!
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Originally Published on February 28, 2020
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