Imagine yourself arriving home from a long day at work. You’re exhausted. You drop your bag by the front door and head directly to your steam shower. Twenty minutes later, you emerge refreshed and ready for whatever the evening will bring.
Wait. You’re not done yet. That wonderful shower that brought you so much peace now has to be cleaned.
Believe it or not, there are people out there who love to clean. Silly, right? For most of us scrubbing and wiping are just boring chores, not to mention unhealthy since so many cleaning products contain toxic chemicals. Because your steam shower is healthful and rejuvenating, keeping it clean should be, too.
Grocery store shelves are loaded with all the standard cleaners. So, I’ve put together a Top 5 list of green cleaning solutions that you can use instead. Toxic products are just not necessary under normal circumstances, and may actually end up damaging shower and countertop surfaces. Natural cleaners can cut through dirt with ease and with few, if any, adverse side-effects to your health. They’re also often more economical and can be used to clean any room of the house.
1. Homemade Lemon Juice & Water
We already have many of the ingredients necessary to make our own cleaning products. Check out the chart below to see which product works best on which kind of problem.
One of my favorite go-to cleaners that I always have on hand is a ½-cup lemon juice and ½-cup water solution that I pour into a spray bottle. I use white vinegar in the same amount as a substitute for lemon juice, too. It’s a great glass, countertop and anything cleaner.
2. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day All-Purpose Cleaner
“Garden-fresh scents uplift your mood while adding a little spring to your step,” reads Mrs. Meyer’s website. Well, that promise alone would convince me to spend an hour cleaning. Mrs. Meyer’s products do not contain the typical long list of toxic chemicals, like phthalates, petroleum distillates and parabens, found in most cleaning products. The company derives its formulas from renewable plants, and does not test its products on animals.
3. Shaklee Get Clean Basic H2
Because this cleaner is concentrated, a little will go a long way. Shaklee has been ahead of the trend by committing to organic, green cleaning products since 1956.
4. Simple Green Naturals
This cleaner is the ultimate multi-tasker. Use it in on every part of the bathroom and in the laundry, too.
5. Green Works by Clorox
It would be really easy to discount this product. Clorox usually makes products that are chemically-laden. Could the company just want to jump on the green bandwagon? Perhaps. It’s worth noting though that a lot of people buy Clorox products. By introducing a fairly green cleaner (97% natural) at a reasonable price, the company is helping to bring eco-friendly products to more people.
Look for these symbols
All is not lost if you can’t find these exact products or make the solutions yourself. Before placing a bottle of cleaner into your cart, look for these symbols. They will help you identify the green products among all the others.
Ecologo is recognized worldwide. Products, packaging and services have been certified as having reduced environmental impact.
EnergyStar products must use less energy, save you money and protect the environment.
Leaping Bunny ensures that no animals were used in testing at any phase of a product’s production.
Tell us what your favorite cleaning products are.