Natural Wood Cleaners
Education on Natural Wood Cleaners and Polishes
The usual array of supermarket floor polishes might consist of any combination of hazardous elements and chemicals that are fast becoming known to create irritations to skin, eyes and throat, mucous membranes, and linings of the lungs and nasal passages, as well as to create other issues with the bodies systems.
What was once accepted as normal is now being given the cold shoulder by more informed customers who look for natural alternatives to cleaning products, especially when there are young toddlers and pets at home lying on, crawling or running bare feet across the floors.
If you want to learn more about cleaners that are actually toxic for you and your families’ health, the organization The Environmental Working Group has a list of the most shameful products on our supermarket shelves today. After their in-depth investigation they stated that only 7% of the questionable ingredients included in household cleaners are actually disclosed.
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety on the Government of Canada website talks about the effect of chemicals as endocrine disruptors and what this means for the health of the body. For example – in their list of consumer products they mention cleaners that contain parabens, phthalates, glycol ethers, fragrances and cyclosiloxanes, which are known to be endocrine disrupters. They state, “Many consumer products like cosmetics, personal care products and cleaners (especially the fragrances products), contain complex mixtures of chemicals that have endocrine disruption properties.”
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In the meantime, in keeping your family and household healthy and thriving, some of the most obvious natural turn-to cleaners are borax and vinegar. Along with lemon juice, vegetable or mineral oil and baking soda, these are a few of the staples to keep in stock in your kitchen pantry or cleaning supply closet. Vinegar and the oils mixed in equal parts make great wood floor cleaners, as does vinegar, or lemon juice and olive oil, or borax in a bucket of hot water to mop wood floors. They are all effective and safe ingredients to keep wood floors both clean and polished.
Good old-fashioned ingredients and recipes still seem to be the best and safest alternatives to the complex array of chemicals that still deck supermarket aisles. As consumers, the more educated we become, the more we opt for natural products, with the hope that cleaning products laced with chemical pollutants will no longer grace supermarket shelves and become a thing of the past.
If you have a look at your kitchen pantry, odds are you can make your own home and wood floor cleaners that are cheaper, healthier and give you peace of mind that you are not exposing your family to toxic compounds that will compromise their health.