• Louise

Switching from Household Cleaners

Most UK households have a variety of over 23 cleaning agents in their cupboard at any one time, people use an assortment of soaps, detergents, polishes, glass cleaners, bleaching agents, floor cleansers and drain cleaners when cleaning their home. Individuals like their home to be clean and germ free but is there a hidden risk associated with using such strong products?

Ammonia which is found in products like degreasers burns mucous membranes and contributes to asthma. If it is mixed with bleach, it creates a poisonous gas which can be deadly to small children and babies.

From an environmental view we uses far too much product down the toilet and this in turn harms the environment but it can be a problem much closer to home. Take scent for instance, generally cleaning products use synthetic aromas in the household and these can trigger asthma and other allergic reactions. It is no coincidence then that allergies and associated diseases such as eczema are on the rise?

The issue is no one knows what it is in those cleaner fragrances that cause these symptoms along with headaches, watering eyes and sneezing. The chemical formulas of fragrances are considered trade secrets, companies aren’t required to list their ingredients but merely label them as containing “fragrance.”

A modern day cleaner caddy

There is growing concern for society regarding hormone disruptors in our home environments but more research is needed in this area to prove or disprove either way. Think about the fact that in one 24 hour period the human skin can come into contact with up to 700 different chemicals. These chemicals are very new having been around only 50 or 60 years so we need to know what long term effect they have on us. If we can reduce the amount in any way perhaps we ought to?

Have you ever wondered why cleaners are based on scents like lavender, lemon and pine – it’s because historically these plants and essential oils of them were used. Natural cleaners are available to purchase and essential oils can be used effectively along with other natural ingredients such as baking soda and vinegar. Lemon or pine essential oil mixed with hydrolat and some alcohol can make a great general surface cleanser. While the best oils for degreasing are the citrus oils even today orange essential oil is used to clear oil slicks on the sea because it is so abundant.

Our trusty multi-purpose cleaner recipe is as follows:

100ml Thyme Hydrolat

1ml Clear Alcohol (for dispersing the oils in)

20 drops each of Clove, Sweet Orange and Red Thyme essential oils.

So many people comment on its lovely aroma and its effectiveness so give it a go when your current cleaners have run out and see if your overall health improves.

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