Does switching to chemical-free cleaning methods seem really overwhelming and confusing?
It seems there are so many things to do, and everyone has different methods and suggestions. While there are many different ways of tackling this, we have simplified this process into 3 easy steps. You will be cleaning chemically-free in no time! For a free PDF Printable, please Click Here!
Did you know that the U.S. consumes enough paper towels to cut down 51,000 trees each day just to keep up with demand? The average family uses 1-2 rolls of paper towels each week. This adds up to hundreds of dollars spent each year on just paper towels.
Simply cutting out paper towels from your cleaning routine will save you hundreds of dollars a year.
But how are you going to deal with those gross messes you don’t want to use a cleaning cloth for?
What if we told you that you could sanitize and clean any mess with just a cloth?
Making the switch from paper towels to microfibers will save you money each time you clean. Instead of throwing paper towels away, you rinse and once a week wash microfibers. Good microfibers kill germs, pathogens, and bacteria, offer a deep cleaning ability, and are backed by a warranty. Our top choice for microfiber cloths are e-cloths. After personally testing many different microfiber cloths, we fell in love with the e-cloth brand. The cleaning ability of these cloths is unmatched, and the level of clean you receive is incredible- considering they use only water to clean every surface in your home- better than cleaners and chemicals- and better than if you “sanitized” with bleach and water!
About e-cloth: While normal microfiber cloths contain 90,000- 200,000 fibers per square inch (MOST cloths being sold only have 25,000-75,000), e-cloths contain 3.1 Million fibers per inch. Made from polyester and nylon they don’t “absorb” anything- making this brand extremely sanitary.
With more fibers than standard microfibers, water, dirt, oil, grease, grime, and bacteria are trapped easier and removed from surfaces- instead of just moved around. Think of it as a 3.1 million hands grabbing dirt and grime as opposed to 90,000.
Did you know that over 80% of the chemicals and ingredients found in standard house cleaners have not been tested? The National Research Council stated that “No toxic information is available for more than 80% of the chemicals in everyday-use products.” When you spray these cleaners on your homes surfaces, they leave a residue of what you just sprayed on your surfaces. A study done by the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons found that “Women who work at home have a 54% higher death rate from cancer than women working away from the home.” When you clean with, ingest, and absorb these chemicals, you are not only risking your own health but the health of your family and loved ones. We urge you not to take this risk and to only use eco-friendly and green clean certified cleaners in your home.
Once you have your microfibers, purge your home of all harsh chemicals! Don’t worry- eco-friendly cleaners work amazing with microfibers! So keep those eco-friendly cleaners around. Read the label of each cleaner and dispose them based upon the manufacturers' recommendations.
But I Want to Spray Something!
Cleaning with only water definitely takes some getting used too, don’t worry we have been there. It’s hard to believe you can effectively clean with a cloth you’ve never heard of and water from your sink. We did the same thing! To ease your transition, there are many different eco-friendly cleaners you can choose from- or you can make your own! Our preferred cleaner is vinegar. Vinegars pH is more effective than bleach and water in killing bacteria. Best part? It’s very inexpensive. If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, don’t worry, it’s an acquired smell. A few drop of essential oils or a few drops of lemon juice will mask the smell.
Scroll to the end to see our favorite vinegar cleaning recipes!
Cleaning without chemicals doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. By simply purchasing microfibers and vinegar, you will have your home completely safe of harmful chemicals. Let’s all do our part to decrease our paper towel and chemical dependency.
Here are our favorite vinegar cleaning recipes
For tubs, showers, and shower doors (or anything with soap scum)
- White Vinegar
- Blue Dawn Dish Soap
- A Spray Bottle
- A Glass Pyrex/Bowl
You need equal parts of dawn and vinegar. Start with 1 cup of each. Boil the vinegar, add the Dawn, let cool a bit, then add to your spray bottle. Spray your surfaces and let sit. The longer it sits, the better it works. We have let this sit overnight- yay for less scrubbing! Once you’re ready to rinse, be careful, it’s going to be slippery! Since all surfaces. Once all soap is gone, we took an e-cloth and wiped the surfaces to get a really nice shine. Wa-la!
- White Vinegar
- (optional) 10-20 drops of essential oils (We love lemon or lime)
- A Spray Bottle
Fill 1/4 of your bottle with white vinegar. Add 10-20 drops of essential oils. Then fill the remainder of the bottle with water. Shake before each use. That’s it!
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