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Organic & Natural Cleaning Products: Safe & Green Options for Your Home

February 16, 2024 Honest to Goodness

Looking to switch to all natural Australian, and organic cleaning products, for a healthier home environment? Research published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in 2016, suggests exposure to certain cleaning products, especially those containing irritants and allergens, may increase the risk of developing allergic conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. Another study closer to home found a significant association between exposure to cleaning products and asthma symptoms among healthcare workers in New Zealand.

 

Cleaning

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF NATURAL & ORGANIC CLEANING?

  • Organic and natural cleaning products are free from toxic chemicals commonly found in traditional cleaners. Some traditional cleaning products can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air, which can negatively impact indoor air quality. Opting for natural and organic cleaners minimises exposure to these pollutants, creating a healthier home environment. For health-conscious parents, this means peace of mind knowing their family and pets are not exposed to potentially harmful substances.
  • By choosing eco-friendly cleaning products, consumers can also help reduce their environmental footprint. Organic and natural cleaners often use biodegradable ingredients and come in recyclable or reusable packaging, contributing to a healthier planet for future generations.
  • Many organic and natural cleaning products are versatile and can be used for various cleaning tasks, eliminating the need for multiple specialised cleaners. This not only saves time and money, it reduces clutter and waste in the home.


READY TO MAKE THE CHANGE?

Follow our handy guide to simple, non-toxic cleaning products your home and family will love you for.

OUR TOP 5 PICKS

Bi -Carb Soda

1. Bi-Carb Soda

What’s not to love about bi-carb soda! This inexpensive, natural all-purpose cleaner deodorises, helps clear drains, makes pots ultra-shiny, it brightens laundry whites – you can even make your own low-cost natural dishwasher tablets.

  • As a general cleaner, simply mix bi-carb soda with water to create a paste and use it to clean surfaces such as countertops, sinks, and appliances. Its mild abrasive properties help remove dirt and grime without scratching surfaces.
  • Sprinkle bi-carb soda on carpets, upholstery, and rugs to neutraliseodours. Let it sit for a few hours before vacuuming to freshen up the space naturally.
  • Combine bi-carb soda with a few drops of Castile Soap to create a gentle yet effective scrub for cleaning pots, pans, and cookware.
  • To clean drains, pour a mixture of bi-carb soda and vinegar down the drain to unclog and deodorise. Follow it up with hot water to rinse away any debris.

Castile Soap

2. Castile Soap

Another top all-round natural cleaner is our very own award-winning Castile Soap. Made in Australia, this versatile soap is unscented and SLS & Palm Oil free, with no added filler oils. It’s gentle enough to use on skin yet tough enough to clean dirty dishes, stove-tops – even the dog! To create a multi-purpose cleaner, simply mix 1/4 cup of castile soap with 1L of water, pour into a spray bottle and you’re good to go.

Tip: Add a few drops of organic essential oils to add a pure, all-natural scent – try Sweet Orange or Peppermint


Simply NO Mould 500ml

3. Natural Mould Remover

Simply NO Mould is the healthy alternative to harsh chlorine-based mould sprays. Made in Australia, the active ingredient, hydrogen peroxide, uses the power of oxygen to kill mould and fully biodegrades to just water and oxygen, leaving no harmful residue. It’s toxin and sensitiser-free, earth friendly and safely kills interior mould and mildew on hard surfaces such as showers, baths, tiles, grout, bench-tops, fridge and freezer seals, sinks, painted walls, woodwork and glass.

4. Activated Charcoal Powder

Activated Charcoal Powder is made from 100% organic coconut shell that has been activated through a steaming process. A natural absorber of odours and moisture, place in small sachets and use in closets, cabinets or at the base of rubbish bins to help absorb unpleasant smells.


Essential Oils

5. Essential oils

Replace traditional room sprays and electric plug-ins with all natural organic essential oils and enjoy the fresh, pure smell of oils without the use of aerosol cans and excessive plastics. Simply add 3-5 drops/100ml water to your diffuser to purify the room or mix a few drops with a water & alcohol solution for an effective cleaning spray/insect repellant.


READY TO UPGRADE?


Ready to upgrade to organic and natural cleaning products? Look for:

  • Packaging that states the ingredients are people &planet-friendly
  • Ingredient lists with no harsh chemicals
  • Certifications – i.e. Certified Organic, Cruelty-free
  • Eco-friendly packing and/or re-usable packaging
  • Positive online reviews

Buying Groups

GO ONE STEP FURTHER

If you’re keen to adopt this new ethos of cleaning with natural products, why not go one step further and start buying in bulk. This is a great option if you are on a budget (who isn’t these days!) and conscious of not wanting to create excess packaging waste.

  • Shop quarterly for organic cleaning products in larger sizes so they last longer, and you use less packaging.
  • Re-use bulk containers and fill up at your local organic store that has a bulk refilling station.
  • Join or start your own buying group and get access to wholesale pricing.


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