One of the supposed benefits of using chemicals to clean a home is their supposed superior effectiveness. What if there are equally effective ways to clean without having to use potentially toxic products? According to Karyn Siegel-Maier, the author of The Naturally Clean Home: 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning, there are.
Her point is that a homeowner can clean everything they have in their home, using only homemade natural ingredients. These natural cleaning products are not complicated to make. As she points out early on in the book, even commercial cleaning products recognize the value of essential oils when it comes to cleaning. Think of all the products out there that advertise the fact that they have citrus oils as one of their main ingredients.
Not only are these homemade cleaning products more effective and healthier, in most cases the ingredients used to make them are relatively affordable as well. The result is that you reduce the cost of maintaining your home while protecting your health and the health of your family. Consider the cost of the ingredients Siegel-Maier uses in many of her cleaning-product recipes. Baking soda, vinegar and borax are all affordable, and easy to find no matter where you are. She also encourages people to extract their own essential oils and provides instructions on how to do this.
One common household cleaning product is bleach. While it can be effective for a number of purposes, it does come with certain dangers. Siegel-Maier points these out, and provides alternative methods of removing stains and disinfecting a home without the toxicity. Her list of natural basic ingredients includes beeswax, Murphy’s Oil Soap, lanolin and essential oils.