Here at Dandy Blend, we value healthy living environments and love to promote simple, sustainable suggestions for improving overall well-being. One way to improve our home and health is by swapping harsh chemical-rich cleaning supplies with non-toxic alternatives. The benefits of switching up your household sprays and solutions range from our physical health to our financial health. The three recommendations we’re sharing today are affordable, accessible, and most importantly, effective.
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Benefits of Non-Toxic Cleaning Supplies
First and foremost, the use of non-toxic cleaning supplies contributes to the safety of human health. Harsh chemical cleaners can release toxic fumes that may irritate the respiratory system, trigger allergies, and even contribute to long-term health issues. [1, 2, 3] By opting for non-toxic cleaning solutions, we can minimize our exposure to harmful substances, especially for those with sensitivities or respiratory conditions.
Another perk of switching to non-toxic options is that they’re more environmentally friendly. Traditional cleaning products often contain ingredients that can contaminate water sources and harm aquatic life. By choosing non-toxic alternatives, individuals can reduce their ecological footprint and contribute to the preservation of the environment. Non-toxic cleaning products are typically biodegradable and do not contribute to air pollution, making them a sustainable choice.
Our 3 Favorite Non-Toxic Cleaning Supplies
White vinegar is a versatile non-toxic cleaning agent that can effectively tackle various household cleaning tasks. It’s great for removing stains, sanitizing surfaces, deodorizing, and can even help unclog drains. Its acidic nature makes it a natural and eco-friendly alternative to harsh chemical cleaners.
2. Baking soda
Likely already sitting in your pantry, baking soda is a natural cleaning powerhouse. Its gentle abrasive properties make it ideal for scrubbing and removing stains from surfaces, especially cooking pans. It can also absorb odors, help wash produce, and so much more.
3. Hydrogen Peroxide
Usually known for wound healing, hydrogen peroxide acts as a powerful disinfectant, killing bacteria, viruses, and mold on surfaces. It can effectively remove stains and brighten surfaces, making it useful for cleaning countertops, bathroom fixtures, and even laundry.
Bonus tip: If you love the smell of commercial cleaning products, but want to continue your low and non-toxic journey, add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to your products to add fragrance. We like to add a few drops of lemongrass, mint, or lavender to a bottle of vinegar before spraying surfaces.
Disclaimer: we recommend always testing an area before fully cleaning to ensure certain surfaces respond well to the new technique you are trying.