The Truth About Natural Cleaners

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We all know that a clean home is a healthier home. You want to get rid of dirt, germs, dust, mites, and pollutants and have a clean, comfortable, healthy home, right?

On the other hand, harsh cleaning products are pollutants themselves.

So now we have “Natural” cleaning products. But do they work?

OK, here it is – in one sentence. Natural cleaning is fine if your home is already clean.

Not what you were hoping for? Sorry.

I mean, let’s face it – if natural cleaning worked all that great, there wouldn’t have been a need to develop stronger cleaners, would there? No one would have spent the extra money if what they were already doing worked so fine.

Believe me, I’ve tried all the vinegar, baking soda, bleach and even dryer sheet solutions. What a waste of time and energy.

Now I will say that vinegar is a great disinfectant, just not a very good cleaner – except maybe on windows.

Bleach is great for removing stains, mold, and mildew, and disinfecting, but you can’t get it on your metal or it will pit it. You don’t want to get it on your clothes, or towels, or your pretty shower curtain. You really should wear gloves when you use it. And the fumes can be awful.

Bleach, or products containing bleach, should only be used in certain circumstances, but not for regular cleaning.

Rubbing alcohol does work great on chrome, but that’s about it.

Otherwise, the rest of your kitchen pantry cleaning advice is a bunch of hogwash in my book, unless you happen to like scrubbing. I don’t.

What about commercial natural cleaners like Method, Caldrea, or Melaleuca?

These products work great for maintaining. They’ll do a fine job of keeping your house clean, once it’s clean to start with, and you keep up with it and don’t let build up happen. I personally love Method products. They smell great. It’s like aromatherapy while you clean, and they do work well for regular cleaning.

I especially love the Ylang-Ylang daily shower spray, it smells so good! (if you like floral)  And the daily granite cleaner works great and doesn’t require a ton of buffing. The daily wood cleaner is decent too.

So, if you want to use natural cleaning products in your home on a regular basis, you first have to bring out the big guns and get it clean, top to bottom.

Then, you have to stick to with it on a regular basis so you don’t have a build up that will require bringing out the big guns. Does that make sense? You can use harsh cleaners much less often when you have a good system in place.

Now I’m sure that sounds like a lot of work, but the truth is, when you have a great system, you’ll spend way less time cleaning.

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