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It’s March. Cabin Fever is hitting me here in MN pretty hard. I’m ready to open my windows and throw on some flip-flops. Since it’s also that time when most of us think about a deep cleaning and purging, I wanted to share my top safe all-purpose cleaners.
Why do we need safe cleaning products?
Some of the potential toxic effects of the chemicals in cleaning products include: systemic or internal organ damage, asthma-causing, cancer-causing, allergenic, and can cause adverse genetic, reproductive or nervous system effects. Yikes!
These chemicals can enter our bodies through the air, can be absorbed by our skin, inhaled or ingested. Also consider that when these products go down the drain they have a detrimental effect on our ecosystem.
Another important note: Manufacturers are allowed to use almost any ingredient they wish and the government doesn’t review the safety of products before they are sold. Not only that, companies are not required to disclose all of their ingredients.
The good news is that there is something that you can do about it. I’ll share my top tried-and-true cleaners as well as a DIY recipe.
My Recommendations for All-Purpose Cleaners:
My go-to is Biokleen All-Purpose Spray & Wipe Cleaner. This is great for everyday cleaning, has no fumes, is safe for stainless steel, granite and can even be used as a laundry pre-treater–I LOVE multi-purpose!!
Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner, Lemongrass Citrus. This is a disinfectant. According to their website: “it kills 99.99% of household germs, specifically: Influenza A virus, H1N1, Rhinovirus type 37 (the Common Cold virus), Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli on hard, nonporous surfaces.” In order to disinfect it’s important to follow the instructions. This one instructs to spray and leave on for 10 minutes, no wiping or rinsing necessary.
It is important to know the difference between Cleaning and Disinfecting.
Cleaning removes germs from a surface and disinfecting kills the germs. We don’t always want to kill the germs. Some exposure to living bacteria is healthy for us. Also, overuse of disinfectants can lead to bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics.
On a regular basis, only cleaning is necessary. Disinfecting is preferred when surfaces have come in contact with raw meats, blood or bodily fluids, or when someone has a contagious illness. Like the stomach flu and the regular flu that just hit All Four Of Us.
When you do use a disinfectant, use caution. Use gloves, rinse surfaces with water after using and keep away from the kiddos.
Here’s a recipe if you want to make your own:
Mix all together, put in a spray bottle and use with a microfiber cloth.
Happy Spring Cleaning!
With so much love & gratitude,
Tell me in the comments below what your favorite cleaners are for spring cleaning.
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