There are so many different bathroom cleaning products put there, but what if you prefer to get back to nature – or at least back to a slightly more natural approach?
According to Canstar Blue’s survey of more than 1,900 Kiwis, half of us (50%) worry about the effect of harsh chemicals in bathroom cleaners on their family. This concern was reasonably consistent across the generations, reaching a high of 55% for 30 – 39 year olds and a low of 47% in those aged over 70.
If you’re trying to avoid chemicals, what are some natural cleaning products that you could add to your bathroom cleaning arsenal? Consider giving these ones a try:
- Baking soda, properly called sodium bicarbonate, is a great and gentle all rounder that can remove stains and grease, whiten laundry, remove rust and softening hard water. Truly a wonder-substance!
- Lemon juice; yes, head t your fruit bowl and slice open a lemon. The acidity can help to remove stains and grease, and can also be used for its antibacterial properties (try it on your kitchen cutting board). It has a great scent that can help to eliminate odours in your refrigerator, bathroom, microwave and rubbish bin.
- Pure soaps are soaps made from vegetable oils and not petroleum distillates, making them biodegradable. Soap is useful for most cleaning jobs as it allows oil, grease and other insoluble substances to become soluble in water, thus making it easy for them to be washed.
- White Vinegar. White vinegar is another wonder substance. Like lemon juice, is a strongly acid substance which is useful as a grease and stain remover and also has antibacterial properties. Use white vinegar in your bucket of water when mopping your floors, or put it in a spray bottle to use on benchtops and splashbacks. Note that it’s not recommended for use on marble. It’s a handy way to get rid of soap scum on your shower screen, too. It’s also budget-friendly – one of the cheapest cleaning products you’ll find!
- Salt is a natural disinfectant and preservative, and also has abrasive properties, which makes it useful for clearing tough stains.
- While not a naturally occurring product, microfiber cloths are a great replacement for paper towels or tea towels when cleaning. Their microscopic weave traps dirt and grime to clean more effectively; however, they are made of synthetic polymers which are derived from petrochemicals, so their environmental impact is questionable.
What steps can we take to reduce the amount of chemicals we use?
When deciding what products to buy, the best tool you can have is knowledge; look at the list of ingredients in the products you’re currently using and look for any chemicals you know are harmful or undesirable.
Secondly, do an audit of all the cleaning products you’ve accumulated over the years and see if you can safely dispose of the ones you don’t use – minimising the number of products you use is a good way to reduce the prevalence of toxins both in your home and in the environment at large.
And the good news from the Canstar Blue survey is that we are – whether for budgetary or conservation reasons – thinking of the environment, with 43% of survey respondents stating that they do choose environmentally friendly cleaning products.