Commercial cleaners, which are supposed to make domestic life easier, sometimes are full of toxic and polluting compounds. These chemical-based goods can be costly in terms of long-term health risks for the family as well as pollution created by their creation and disposal. Many common cleaning solutions also burn or irritate the skin and eyes, and many are deadly if swallowed. Fortunately, none of these items are required for cleaning your home. It’s easy to produce your own safe cleaning products with common household components.
Make sure you’re mixing new solutions in clean and clear containers, and don’t reuse a container unless the label has been changed or covered. You risk someone swallowing it or using it for something other than its intended use, such as spraying plants. Label all cleaning solutions with the name and date, just like you would any other cleaning product, and store them in a cupboard out of the reach of children and pets.
When you have all of the materials for several homemade cleaning recipes on hand, it’s tempting to try to produce a large amount that will last a long time. Unfortunately, neither time nor money will be saved as a result of this. Many cleaning products, especially those prepared at home, quickly lose their effectiveness as they degrade. It is better to prepare enough of the cleaning products to last a couple of days, and then mix up a new batch when you need more.
All cleaning chemicals can emit fumes, especially when being poured or mixed. Therefore, take proper safety precautions by combining your cleaning supplies in a well-ventilated area of your home or outside whenever possible. These fumes can cause burns and breathing difficulties, with long-term exposure being fatal. If you suffer from respiratory illnesses or general weak health, it is better to avoid mixing these on your own and get professional cleaners to do the job.
Before applying a cleaning product, it’s usually a good idea to run a spot test. In this manner, you may be certain that your cleaner will not damage the items you’re cleaning. This holds for both store-bought and homemade solutions. For spot testing, apply a tiny amount of the cleaner to an area hidden from view. Wait for a little while and observe closely for signs of discolouration or damage.
Even though chemicals used to produce homemade cleaning solutions are safe, there are a few that should not be used together because of chemical interactions. There are three well-known natural combinations to avoid that combine four different ingredients (baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and castile soap). The chemical products produced by the reactions between these can be harmful to your health.
Although homemade cleaners can be used for multiple purposes, not all of them can be used everywhere. For example, some homemade cleaners can cause the wax to strip off from hardwood floors. While baking soda can be used as a scouring powder or laundry booster, experts advise against using it on fibreglass sinks, tubs, or tile, since it can induce a reaction that discolours and mars these surfaces.