Fact: You Only Need 5 Cleaning Products For a Spotless Home
With all the cleaning products out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Especially when there’s a cleaner for nearly everything - bathroom cleaner, floor cleaner, glass cleaner, furniture cleaner, and the list goes on.
But is having all of these products necessary? Not really.
Ask yourself: What am I actually using and what has been sitting there (literally) collecting dust?
It’s time to get rid of the clutter, and we’re here to help.
The Only 5 Products You Need to Keep Your Home Spotless
1. Hand soap
When shopping for hand soap, look for products that are chemical-free. In terms of ingredients, avoid fragrances, parabens, sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, and cocamidopropyl betaine.
2. Dish soap
1,4 Dioxane is the worst offender in many household dish soaps. It is a carcinogen and is known to contaminate SLS and SLES. Similar to hand soap, steer clear of dish soap with fragrances. Scented products most likely contain phthalates (chemicals linked to early puberty and autism). Our liquid dish soap uses organic lemon oil for a light aroma only.
3. Multi-surface cleaner
Although the FDA banned triclosan and many other anti-bacterial chemicals from hand and body soaps in 2016, they may still be found in some cleaners. Antibacterials like these have been linked to endocrine disruption and reproductive issues. Hydrogen Peroxide, an ingredient that's safely used in both our multi-surface and bathroom cleaner, is a great non-toxic and biodegradable option for killing bacteria.
4. Bathroom cleaner
When shopping for bathroom cleaners, look for products free of aerosol propellants and antibacterial agents. While chlorine bleach is the most popular choice for bathroom cleaning products, it’s also one of the most dangerous on our list. Exposure to too much bleach can cause not only respiratory and neurological damage but also cancer in severe cases. It’s also HIGHLY reactive when in contact with other substances such as vinegar and other acids.
5. Degreaser for the kitchen
Found in many degreasers and heavy-duty cleaners, 2-butoxyethanol (also 2-BE, BCEE, or butyl cellosolve) and diethylene glycol monomethyl Ether (DEGME or methoxydiglycol) are extremely toxic chemicals. Already banned in Europe, DEGME has been linked to reproductive problems.
By cleaning with naturally derived, environmentally safe cleaners, you will not only buy fewer products and spend less money, but you will also have less toxic chemicals to worry about.
For more tips & tricks on how to get organized, check out our interview with home organizing expert, Benita Larsson.