Common Organic Cleaning Ingredients

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Natural Cleaning IngredientsOne of the biggest dangers of chemical cleaning ingredients is these chemicals get absorbed into your body through your skin. Just because you are “cleaning” every room in your home that doesn’t mean your home is clean AND good for your health.

One of the main benefits or advantages of organic cleaning is not using harmful toxic chemicals that are hazardous to your health!

Make the world a better place for you and your family: use cleaning products that contain only organic ingredients. Read on to find out what the most common natural organic cleaning ingredients are so you know what to look for in your local stores.

It’s important not to trust some labels on cleaning products that claim to be “natural”.  Research before hand what ingredients actually are organic and natural, so you know what to look for on the store shelf.  Some products say that they’re natural, even when they’re not. Cleaning products to avoid are those containing preservatives or synthetic materials – definite no-no’s!

The American Cancer Society states that environmental pollution causes the following diseases and disorders: cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, asthma, nervous disorders, emphysema, nasal congestion, burning eyes, headache, burning and tingling skin, muscle aches, irritability, mental confusion, lack of coordination, hyperactivity and other symptoms.

Source: American Cancer Soceity

The organic ingredients

Organic cleaning supplies will often have plant extracts and natural minerals on the list of ingredients – look for these.  You will also find most will have flower essences (such as lavender or rose) to give your home a soothing scent. Flower essences are a great natural way to make your home smell great and they have several homeopathic qualities, such as soothing depression, anxiety, and insomnia.

Essential oils & flower essences Essential oils are another common ingredient in natural organic cleaning products. Essential oils are oils extracted from natural items such as lemon or pine, using a steam-distillation process. Like flower essences, essential oils can make your home smell fresh and natural.

One of the most common organic cleaning ingredients is baking soda. Most of us know already baking soda is a natural cleaner and is often used to scrub and whiten stains, but here’s a TON of ways to use baking soda around your home.Baking Soda & Vinegar You can even make toothpaste with baking soda!

White vinegar is another common natural cleaning ingredient and is great for cutting through grease and getting rid of stains.  And how about this bonus:  ants will avoid white vinegar like the plague, so if you clean around your window frames and any crevices with white vinegar, say bye-bye to any ant problems!  In addition to being a powerful organic cleaning ingredient, vinegar can also be used to kill mold, remove lime deposits, clean a garbage disposal and even to take out stains left by tea and coffee in your cups.

Here’s one you may not of thought of: rubbing alcohol. A solution of one part rubbing alcohol and one equal part of water works great for cleaning windows. Bonus tip: add a bit of white vinegar and spray directly on your windows for a perfectly clean view.

Coconut, minerals and salt are some other organic cleaning ingredients found in green cleaners. You might not think of salt as a natural cleaner, but it is. Salt can be used as an abrasive and it can also be used to dry up liquids spilled on carpets. I think we’ve all used the salt-on-spilled-wine trick a few times?

Use vodka for natural cleaning I think you might like this one: vodka. Yes, vodka. Ever noticed how a cheap bottle of vodka smells like your nail polish remover? Well, it works wonders on soap scum.

So now you have your reason for keeping vodka in the shower, you are welcome.

How about soap made from all natural olive oil? Look for cleaners that contain castile soap. Castile soap is most commonly used to clean the countertops, your hands (it’s a great hand soap) and cleaning clothes. You will also find people with allergies use castile soap over all other kinds due to its’ non-toxicity.

Shopping for organic cleaning products

One of the best rules to follow when shopping in our local store for organic cleaners: you should always recognize the ingredients!  Simple right?  The labels should have ingredients that you would recognize from nature without any long complicated chemical-sounding names.

Another useful tip is always look for keywords like non-abrasive and non-flammable, as this is indicative of it being chemical-free.

Cleaning ingredients that are organic in nature will also often have the word “biodegradable” on the label because of course, natural cleaning ingredients biodegrade just fine!

This is the 2nd post in our Natural Cleaning series, complete series list here. Read ‘em all!

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