Your home is the best place to start when it comes to living a natural, eco-friendly lifestyle. While it may feel like there’s a lot to consider in the care of your property, you don’t have to overhaul your whole cleaning cabinet right away. Learn about what natural products work best for you and your household and make small changes that can turn into big steps over time.
Starting with a few natural remedies is the perfect way to get started on your sustainability journey. Once you dig in, many of these solutions will be a lot less daunting than they might seem.
Taking steps to be mindful of the products you use in your home is a great way to show care to the planet and look after your health.
Ready to get started? Here is your simple guide to disinfecting and maintaining your house with natural products:
Find Natural Cleaning Supplies
Natural, organic cleaning products — particularly for the kitchen and bathroom — are often the first things to pop into people’s heads when they decide to make the switch to sustainable living, and for good reason. Those products are responsible for disinfecting the surfaces in your home that you touch all day long. Luckily, there are many products available for you to make the switch easily.
Learn to Make Natural Disinfectants
While buying organic cleaning products is an excellent step in making your home greener, the best way to know what’s in your cleaning products is to make them yourself. Many ingredients you likely already own are natural cleaners — think vinegar, baking soda, lemon and tea tree oil. For example, you can make an all-purpose cleaner with vinegar, water, lemon rinds and rosemary sprigs.
Seek Out Organic Home Services
Whenever you seek a service for your home, it’s worth it to ask if it’s organic and healthy. When you need to take care of pests around your property’s exterior, ask about organic and natural products that lack harmful chemicals. Do your research to find a business that meets your needs and offers sustainable options.
Change Up Your Laundry Products
Your laundry isn’t just a chore in your house. Whatever products you use to wash your clothes will end up on your skin, so it’s essential to examine your routine and switch to more natural laundry products. You can make your own laundry powder or easily find a green laundry detergent, like Ecos, Mrs. Meyer’s or Indigo Wild, to wash your clothes. When it comes to the dryer, opt for a reusable dryer ball over one-use sheets.
Get Creative with Your Fragrances
Air fresheners, candles and other home fragrances can be a wonderful addition to your indoor environment. However, they put off perfumes and chemicals that you don’t want to breathe in. Instead, look for non-toxic candles without artificial aromas, paraffin wax — a petrochemical byproduct — or metal wicks. You can also make your own potpourri with cloves, orange peels, cinnamon sticks and cranberries.
Lead a Healthy Life with Natural Products
You don’t have to make every swap at once. However, taking steps to be mindful of the products you use in your home is a great way to show care to the planet and look after your health. With so many ways to make your space a little greener, why not start now?
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Kacey Bradley is the blogger behind The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Along with writing for her blog, she has written for sites like U.S. News, SUCCESS, Guides for Brides, Hotel Online and more! Follow Kacey on Twitter and subscribe to her blog to keep up with her travels and inspiring posts!