Use natural cleaning products or non-toxic alternatives.
What To Avoid
During your next cleaning spree, opt for non-toxic cleaning products or natural alternatives. Check the labels for phosphorus, nitrogen, ammonia and chemicals grouped under the term "Volatile Organic Compounds".
How Eco Cleaning Products Can Help The Planet
We may think these products only present in the confines of our own home when we clean. But these toxins end up going down our drains and passing through water treatment plants. While the treatment plants do their best to remove unsavoury chemicals, in many cases some still slip through and reach our waterways.
Chemicals such as nitrogen are used on farms as fertiliser. When they reach an environment that is not controlled, they can cause excessive nourishment of some types of plant life in habitats native to aquatic animals.
This then causes certain plants to get a boost in growth, taking over and pushing out other plants. At the end of the plants chemical accelerated life cycle, they die in large masses, decaying and depleting the oxygen in the water.
In the end using natural or non-toxic alternatives prevents this from happening.
What You Can Do
Buying Eco Friendly Cleaning Products
No need to live in squalor, though. You can replace many cleaning products with more environmentally friendly ones on the market though check the labels to be sure.
Top Tip - Make Your Own Cleaning Products
White vinegar, lemons and baking soda are a few of the many ingredients you can use that are much more forgiving on the environment if you want to make your own. There's ample recipes on the internet which you can use or tweak to make your own special blend.
We've put together a couple of recipes to get you started below.
Cleaning Product Recipes You Can Try
- 1 part white vinegar, 1 part water & a lemon rind mixed in a spray bottle makes for a good all purpose cleaner
- 1 litre of warm water & 4 tablespoons of baking soda applied with a cloth is a great way for getting rid of nasty smells in your fridge
- 1 part rubbing alcohol, 2 parts white or cider vinegar & 8 parts water makes for a great window or mirror cleaner
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