Whether discussing spring cleaning or a general big old cleanup, we can’t skip discussing the best cleaning products to purchase. In the modern world, we have an abundance of products to use, whether they are chemical or natural.
For example, at Premium Clean and our service – End of Tenancy Cleaning London– we use eco-friendly cleaning products to help out nature. Both kinds of products have pros and cons, with ones being harsher to the environment but better at cleaning and others being more eco-friendly.
In this guide below, we dive deep into the world of cleaning products and their varieties of natural and chemical ones. We hope you get deep insight and decide which ones work for you!
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Natural Cleaning Products
Natural cleaning products are great for households with sensitive people towards specific chemicals. Some chemicals might cause a rash or eye irritation if touched or inhaled. If you use natural cleaners, they are less harmful not only to people but to the environment, too. When flushed down, they don’t poison the waterways and keep damage minimal.
There are two types of natural cleaners:
Commercial Natural Cleaners
Commercial eco-friendly cleaners are in trend as more people focus on saving nature. Some of those products are truly green and eco, but it’s hard to tell with little regulation of the labels. Some studies find that many green cleaning products emit around 100 volatile compounds, just like chemical ones. Nonetheless, we research and purchase high-quality natural cleaners for our clients and their properties at Premium Clean.
DIY Natural Cleaners
DIY natural cleaners are close to our hearts as most of our mothers used them when we were kids. That said, vinegar is the best to use thanks to its antimicrobial superpowers and cutting dirt like a champ. Vinegar with more than 20% acetic acid is suitable ONLY for cleaning and not for consumption. Also, don’t use vinegar to clean stone, granite, marble, and hardwood floors.
Creating DIY cleaners
The most popular recipe you can create is with bicarbonate of soda, vinegar, and citric acid. For example, you can create an all-purpose cleaner for kitchen and bathroom surfaces if you mix ¼ cup of bicarbonate of soda, ½ cup of vinegar, and 2 litres of water. A limescale remover can be created with a citric acid solution, and water diluted 1 part to 10. It’s great for your kitchen and bathroom taps, plus the shower.
Keep both solutions in spray bottles!
Additional tips include:
- Use diluted vinegar and newspaper to clean windows.
- To whiten your clothes, use borax powder.
- If you blend essential oils with water in a spray bottle, you can freshen your house.
Chemical Cleaning Products
When the grime gets too heavy for natural cleaners, the chemical ones step in, especially for commercial places. Chemicals are the only tool to fight viruses and bacteria effectively. For example, hospitals need heavy-duty chemicals to sterilise all surfaces in dentist and doctor surgeries, clinics, aged care places, and more. If there is no good disinfectant, there can be an outbreak of viruses that will spread to the patients and visitors.
The good news is that society has started demanding safer chemical cleaners that remove the most harmful ingredients. Also, most healthcare organisations started skipping the 3-step cleaning processes with detergents, water, and chlorine products. The detergent needed rinsing out before applying the chlorine, so not only was the product wasted, but water.
Always Check the Labels
- Avoid cleaning products like Highly Flammable, Corrosive, Strong Sensitizers, Severely Irritating, or Highly Combustible.
- Poison, Warning, or Danger indicates that ingested products might be lethal.
- Caution labels are less harmful, but still careful with such products.
NEVER assume that a product is green just because it says so on the label, and carefully read through the ingredients and brands.
And when we are on the ingredients topic, here are some of the most harmful ones down below:
- Perc (perchloroethylene) – This neurotoxin is often found in spot removers, dry-cleaning solutions, upholstery, and carpet cleaners.
- Phthalates- This is usually found in fragranced products like dish soap or air fresheners, and phthalates are endocrine disruptors.
- 2-Butoxyethanol – This ingredient gives the kitchen, multipurpose, and most window cleaners their specific smell. It can cause pulmonary oedema, sore throat, or kidney and liver damage.
- Chlorine is often found in mildew removers, scouring powders, tap water, and laundry whiteners. If it comes in contact with the eyes and skin, it might irritate and burn them. It’s also a thyroid disruptor.
- Ammonia – This ingredient is a polishing agent for cleaning glass cleaners, sinks, and bathroom fixtures. Ammonia causes asthma and chronic bronchitis. Never mix chlorine bleach with ammonia, as they produce toxic chloramine gas that can damage the lung tissue.
- Triclosan is a foaming agent used in toothpaste, hand soaps, and dishwashing products. It’s often recognised as a carcinogen and hormone disruptor.
- Sodium hydroxide – This is found in drain openers and oven cleaners and is very corrosive. It can cause burns to the eyes and skin; if you inhale it, you can have a sore throat for days.
The End of Tenancy Cleaning London
We provide a high-quality cleaning service at affordable prices. Our team consistently exceeds expectations regarding meeting the highest standards for cleaning. Each member of Premium Clean is chosen because of their attention to detail, professionalism, and friendliness.
Our first goal is to use green products and adequately take care of the waste afterwards without damaging nature. Proper hygiene in your home has never been so important, which is why End of Tenancy Cleaning London is your number one service. We offer cleaning after moving out, as once you move out of your rental, the property must be ready and clean for the next tenants.
Another service is carpet cleaning, which includes vacuuming and shampooing to deeply clean, giving a new life and look to your old carpets. We also offer spring cleaning, which can turn your property into a squeaky clean place, ready for the new season. Our team can help eliminate bacteria, grime, and mud if you haven’t deep-cleaned your home.
Finally, our team can help you clean up after builders since they can be messy. We remove all plaster, dust, dirt, and paint to make your house brand new.
Cleaning can be dull, but we must do it if we want a bacteria-free, beautiful home. Whether we use chemical or natural cleaners, we must be cautious of what we use and put in our homes. Products that are harmful to nature and us can be skipped. The best clean method combines as many hazardless chemical products as possible and DIY natural ones to achieve the best results.
If you don’t feel like cleaning or don’t have the time, the Premium Clean company is there to give a helping hand.