It’s important that everyone cleans their house every once in a while. It’s true that we may not get around to it everyday, but if we manage to make a somewhat regular routine of cleaning up after ourselves, we can live a healthier and more organized life in the environments that we inhabit. But did you know that the cleaning products you’re using may actually be polluting the air that you and your family breathe every day?
The culprit seems to be scented cleaners and those that contain the most toxic chemicals. For example, the fresh citrus scent that is common of so many cleaning products appears to contain a compound known as limonene. This compound causes air pollutants in the air called secondary organic aerosols or SOAs.
Household expert Ken Griffin recommends that people make their own cleaning products. You can even scent them as you like with essential oils. For example, for a great all-around spray cleaner, combine 1 parts white vinegar with 2 parts water, and add in 1 to 2 drops of your favorite essential oil. Make sure that the essential oils you buy are organic and do not contain any other additives. For tough to clean areas of your kitchen or bathroom, you can spray this cleaner before dusting baking soda over the area. This will create a sudsing effect that you can use to your advantage while scrubbing.