All-purpose cleaners are so handy, aren’t they? Just spritz a little bit of spray, wipe with a paper towel, and your hard surfaces are disinfected.
I checked out the Environmental Working Group’s rating of Fantastik Heavy Duty All-Purpose Cleaner. My husband used to use it liberally on our kitchen counters. It received a rating of F because of:
- Alkyl Dimethyl Benzyl Ammonium Chlorides (C12-16). This ingredient is an antimicrobial pesticide that affects organs and respiratory systems.
- Alkyl Dimethyl Ethylbenzyl Ammonium Chlorides (C12-18) and Alkyl Dimethyl Ethylbenzyl Ammonium Chloride (C12-14). These ingredients affect respiratory systems.
There are plenty of safer homemade alternatives.
You can make one all-purpose cleanser by mixing 5 drops of tea tree oil with equal parts of water and white vinegar.
You can also use plain old white vinegar to clean your countertops – or hydrogen peroxide.
In Matt and Betsy Jabs’ eBook “DIY Natural Household Cleaners,” they suggest an all-purpose cleanser made of 1 cup baking soda, ¼ cup liquid castile soap, 4 drops of essential oil, and enough water to make a smooth paste. Shake the mixture well and spray on surfaces, then rinse with water until there’s not residue.
What I use in my own home
I’ve gone the homemade all-purpose cleaner route, and I didn’t like it. Because I’m typically crunched for time, I didn’t care for making the sprays – especially when I wasn’t sure how effective they were.
Since this summer I’ve been using a damp Norwex EnviroCloth to disinfect my hard surfaces. The EnviroCloth is made of microfiber that acts like a magnet to dirt and grime. The dirt and protein that typically feeds bacteria is trapped in the microfiber – and Norwex’s microfiber contains silver that begins to naturally disinfect the cloth right away.
It’s the easiest cleaning I’ve ever done. And if I can clean my surfaces in the most effective way – and only use water and a microfiber towel to do it – then I’m sold. (In fact, I’m such a huge fan of Norwex that I became an independent sales consultant.) I love having absolutely odorless cleaning – as well as the most effective cleaning.
How do you safely clean your hard surfaces without chemicals?
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