Keeping your home clean is easier said than done, but did you know that mainstream cleaning products could be adding even more toxins to your home? We put together this guide on how to clean your home naturally and safely.

Why should we use natural cleaning products? 

Contained within harsh mainstream cleaning products could be up to 62 toxic chemicals found in your home. Using harsh cleaning products can actually make the air inside your home polluted with irritating airborne particles, often caused by the fumes from harsh, chemical based cleaners. Everything you spray, scrub or wash comes into contact with your skin and can be inhaled, potentially causing skin reactions and increasing the symptoms of asthma and respiratory conditions. Some reports suggest that up to four years of our lives are spent cleaning, so using natural products is extremely important for our families’ health and wellbeing.

What are the ingredients to look out for in mainstream products?

There are eight chemical ingredients commonly found in mainstream cleaning products, including Phthalates, Butoxyethanol, Perchloroethylene, Ammonia, Chlorine, Triclosan, Sodium Hydroxide and Quaternary Ammonium. These ingredients are used as foaming agents and disinfectants and are found in things like kitchen and bathroom cleaners, dishwashing liquid and even hand soap. Over time, inhaling or handling these chemicals can negatively affect your health by exposing you to potentially hormone and immune system disrupting synthetic substances. These ingredients can also end up in our waterways, harming natural marine life and damaging the environment.

Looking for toxin free cleaning products? Try these!

That Red House Organic Soapberries​

Everyone who has tried this wonderful product cannot recommend it highly enough. These all-natural, organically grown and hypoallergenic berries are ideal for those with sensitive skin as they’re so gentle. All you need to do is place five soapberries in the little bag provided and pop them into your washing machine to replace your normal washing detergent. This is an ideal option for anyone with sensitive skin which reacts to the foaming agents and harsh, irritating ingredients found in mainstream washing detergent.

Dr Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap Peppermint​ 

With 18 different uses, the Dr Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap is an amazing multipurpose product which has been around since our great grandmother’s day. This fresh, minty soap can be used for anything from a shampoo and body wash to a toilet cleaner and bathroom and kitchen bench spray. Best of all, it contains no harsh, skin stripping chemicals such as Triclosan, instead, peppermint pure-castle soap uses a delicious blend of coconut oil, olive oil and hemp oil in an effective cleansing formulation.

Abode Natural Toilet Cleaner Gel Australian Tea Tree

An ideal alternative to chemical-filled toilet cleaners and bleaching products, the Abode Natural Toilet Cleaner Gel has a refreshing Tea Tree fragrance and easily removes stains, making cleaning your toilet quick and easy. This natural Australian made formula contains plant and mineral based ingredients for a pure antibacterial cleaner that contains no palm oil, petrochemicals or artificial fragrances.

Cinderella Glass and Stainless Steel Cleaner Zesty Fruit 500ml

If your Windows could do with a good clean, I recommend the Cinderella Glass and Stainless Steel Cleaner. With a delicious Fruity scent, this natural cleaner smells good enough to eat and will leave a streak free finish on any window or stainless steel surface. Easy spray action makes it your perfect household companion. Free from sulphates,GMOs, ammonia and harsh chemicals, this natural cleaner leaves Windows etc sparkling clean and free from harmful bacteria, yet it is perfectly safe for kids and pets. 

Abode Natural Surface Spray Lavender & Mint​

For sparkling household surfaces, the Abode Natural Surface Spray in Lavender &Mint effortlessly wipes away spills and stains with only naturally derived plant and mineral ingredients. This effective multipurpose spray cleans kitchen counters and surfaces without the harsh chemicals found in mainstream household cleaners such as d-Limonene and Coco Betaine, leaving them bright and sparkling without that strong chemical or artificial fragrance smell. With a natural fragrance of Lavender and Mint, this Australian made spray leaves your house smelling like a home, not a hospital.

Abode Dish Liquid Lavender & Mint​

To achieve sparkling clean dishes, I recommend the Abode Dish Liquid Lavender & Mint This powerful plant based formula offers a gentle clean without any chemical residue. The best part? It creates a load of bubbles without the use of harsh detergents.

Choose Green to Stay Clean 

It really does make sense to convert to green for an optimum clean. These products are sensational because not only do they do the job much more effectively than chemical cleaners they smell divine, they are safe for children and pets and they will keep your home toxin free. When we choose green to clean we help ourselves and the environment.

Choosing green cleaning products can reduce exposure to irritating chemicals, decrease the risk of asthma attacks and is just so much better for our precious Earth.