Want to get away from toxic chemicals in your cleaners but are worried about the cost? There are a lot of great options out there now for affordable natural cleaners.
As homemakers, we use a lot of products in our homes. They are meant to help our lives and keep our homes clean and us healthy but they may be doing more harm than good.
Fumes from some cleaning products may induce asthma, cause cancer, increase the risk of birth defects, and more. Some really scary studies have been coming out showing just how big of a deal this may be.
“Women who regularly use cleaning sprays or products will likely have a decrease in lung function similar to that of a cigarette smoker with a pack-a-day habit for up to 20 years, according to a wide-ranging Norwegian study that followed more than 6,000 adults for over two decades.” – Washington Times
I don’t know about you but that’s pretty scary to me. I already have asthma so I’m pretty sensitive about my lung health. I don’t want my efforts for a clean house to mean lung damage.
Thankfully we are becoming more aware of these risks and there are more natural cleaners on the market than ever before. They are also becoming easier to find and more affordable.
Given the risk, they are worth the additional cost but it’s even better if we can save money and protect our health. I’ve been trying out different natural cleaners and looking for the best places to buy them to help you do just that.
Affordable Natural Cleaners
Make Your Own
One of the cheapest options for natural cleaners is making your own. You can even just use hot soapy water for most things. We really don’t need special cleaners for everything.
Making your own has some costs upfront for bottles and supplies but then it’s very cheap. There is some time investment so depending on your season of life that may be too much or work just fine for you.
Just do your research because natural doesn’t mean safe and some things shouldn’t be mixed and you can still be allergic to the cleaner ingredients. Be especially careful with essential oils as some are not safe for children or pets. They also aren’t safe to use in laundry products.
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Try Store Brands
Many stores are coming out with their own natural cleaners that are very affordable. Whole Foods has their own line of cleaners that work great and are affordable. I love their dish soap in the citrus scent.
Target recently released the Ever Spring line which uses good ingredients and comes in a lot of great scents. I recently picked up the all-purpose spray and it works well and the scent is not overpowering.
The line includes all-purpose spray, dish soap, hand soap, glass cleaner, laundry detergent, cleaning wipes, room spray, and more. If you aren’t near a Target you can order online. Be sure to use Rakuten (formerly Ebates) to get cashback.
Additional Resource: Save Money at Whole Foods Market
The main place I get my cleaning supplies is Grove Collabortive. It means less things to put on my grocery list and the prices are amazing.
They carry the top natural brands like Method, Seventh Generation, Mrs. Meyers, and more. Plus they have their own brand for many items.
It’s not just a big money saver but also a time saver. You can even set up subscriptions so you don’t even have to remember to order.
If you haven’t ordered before you can get a free Mrs. Meyer’s set and free shipping the first time you order. You will be hooked after ordering this first time.
My favorite items are Mrs. Meyer’s seasonal scented all-purpose spray and dish soap, Method bathroom cleaner and toilet bowl cleaner, Method laundry detergent, and the Grove Collaborative cleaning tools like their duster and kitchen scrub brushes.
Remember when shopping that purchasing natural cleaners is a big step in protecting your health and your family’s health. It’s worth it even and when using these options I’ve shared you can still stay on budget.