Other than the cost, there are several reasons why making your own cleaning products might be a good idea. Most cleaning products contain toxic chemicals and numerous brands test the ingredients for their products on animals.
There are numerous chemicals which are potentially problematic, so let’s just pick one for now.
“Triclosan is a chemical found in most liquid dishwashing detergents and hand soaps labeled ‘antibacterial’. It is an aggressive antibacterial agent that can promote the growth of drug-resistant bacteria […], not just to these [household antibacterials], but also to real antibiotics. […] Other studies have now found dangerous concentrations of triclosan in rivers and streams, where it is toxic to algae.”
“Everything from drain cleaner to washing up liquid can currently be tested on animals with few restrictions. In the UK, the Government has pledged to implement a ban on animal testing for household products (possibly for the end products only, not necessarily the ingredients).”
DIY cleaning products
There are thousands of websites filled to the brim with handy tips for cleaning around the house without damaging animals, nature or yourself! Here are some tips we liked, but be assured that there are many more so get browsing!
This DIY cleaning products can be used as a window cleaner (dilute with water), for mopping floors, or for disinfecting surfaces. Fill a jar with (organic) citrus peels and pour undiluted white vinegar over them. Leave for a few days (up to two weeks) and strain out the vinegar to use as a natural cleaner.
Clean a shower head by filling a plastic bag with white vinegar and then tie the bag around the shower head so that the shower head is immersed in the vinegar. Leave on for up to 12 hours and remove carefully. Pour it down the drain and your shower head should be clean and free of hard water residue.
To unclog a stuffed-up drain, start by boiling about 2 cups of water. Pour ½ cup of baking soda into the drain, and then add the water while it’s still nice and hot. If that doesn’t do the trick, follow the baking soda with ½ cup of vinegar, cover it up tightly (a pot lid should work nicely), wait until the fizzing slows down (when baking soda and vinegar come in contact, they’ll react by fizzing) and then add one gallon of boiling water.