How can I disinfect my house naturally?

Posted on March 29 2022

When choosing to disinfect your house, you have to make an important choice between strong chemical-based products and naturally-made products. Conventional household cleaners have high quantities of chemicals that can harm your health. 

Natural disinfectants are suitable alternatives to most household cleaners, and just as effective. Eco-friendly cleaning products are natural plant-based cleaners that are your go-to option if you want to disinfect your house naturally. They are specially made with the health of your family, home and the health of our environment in mind. 

While bleach and other harsh chemicals may be tempting, it is worth it to move to a choice that will not be harmful to your children and pets. By disinfecting your house naturally, you can integrate eco-friendly practises in your house that can make your cleaning routine green, safe and sustainable. Eco-cleaning solutions can also prevent indoor pollution, chemical poisoning, infections and skin irritation. But the question remains, how can you shift to natural products to disinfect your house? Let’s buckle down and understand the different methods of green cleaning.

Eco-cleaning tablets

Eco-friendly cleaning tablets are your smallest and most convenient alternative to household cleaners. Household cleaners are strong chemical compounds diluted in water that make their way into our households. Remove the water, and you have the concentrated chemical that can simultaneously disinfect your house and introduce toxins into your home. Taking this waterless concept one step further, eco-friendly brands have developed dissolvable cleaning products. 

Dissolvable cleaning tablets have been around for a while, and they won’t burn a hole in your pocket. These concentrated tablets do not contain any of the harmful chemicals found in regular household cleaners. They can be easily mixed with water to create a solution that eliminates the need for purchasing cleaning solutions over and over again. Perfect for bathroom, kitchen and everything in between, one eco cleaning tablet can create up to 750 ml of cleaning solution. 

DIY cleaners

With a few simple recipes, you can create your own household cleaners for every room. Use the ingredients already lying around the house and save both money and time with these DIY household cleaners. To make the most of your DIY cleaners, clean the surfaces of all dust and dirt with some soap and hot water, before using your very own disinfectant. 

The most effective alternative to chemical disinfectant is alcohol. By combining two-parts isopropyl rubbing alcohol (or ethyl alcohol as an alternative) and one-part water, you can create a handy cleaning solution that can disinfect all surfaces in your house. A high enough concentration of alcohol (about 60 per cent or more) can kill germs. 

Another easy alternative is vinegar. This versatile ingredient can be combined with either lemon juice or baking soda to kill germs. This is a safe option to use around food, such as on countertops or in sinks. 

Lastly, to clean your upholstery and carpets, you can use baking soda. It is an effective method to take the bad smells out. Sprinkle baking soda and let it sit for 30 minutes, and then vacuum it up. Apart from upholstery, it can also be put in litter boxes and bins to take the stink out. 

Eco-friendly packaging

When you make the move to clean in a greener way, don’t just stop at the cleaning ingredients. Disinfecting your house also involves the packaging these products come in. Household cleaners and disinfectants do not have reusable or recyclable packaging. These cleaners are put in single-use plastics that go in the bin. From the bin, they end up in landfills, in nature, or at the bottom of the ocean. 

An essential part of making cleaning a sustainable practice is to make sure that the containers of these cleaners are reusable. Along with working to reduce the exposure of harmful chemicals into your house, most eco-friendly brands also use sustainable packaging. 

The average Australian consumes a massive 130 kg of plastic per year. And less than 12% of it is recycled. Reusable cleaning bottles are a small step in solving this problem. Made from high-grade highly-durable materials, the bottle can be refilled again and again without cracking, breaking, and most importantly, throwing away. 

Make the change

Knowing how to clean your house naturally is a foundational step in ensuring the safety of your family, as well as of our ecosystem. These small steps will have major impacts in the future.

At Urban Ethos, we believe that when you know more, you do more. We do the hard research behind our products so that you can trust us to keep your home and family safe. You can choose our products because we provide hands-on information of how these products are made and how they can be used. Browse our range of products to find the perfect match for your home and contribute to our ongoing efforts for environmental safety and sustainability. 

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