Pros and cons of homemade cleaners

As we mentioned earlier in our blog post ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY DIY CLEANING TIPS FOR THE HOME, it's becoming more and more popular to make your own cleaning products at home - and it's really fun too! However, there are of course things to keep in mind and take into account when mixing your own cleaning solutions. We list everything you need to know below!

 

 

To make your own cleaning products

advantages:

  • Of course, a big and obvious advantage of making your own cleaning products is that it is cheap (at least in the short term) and convenient because vinegar, citric acid and bicarbonate are things we usually have at home in the pantry.
  • Ingredients such as vinegar, citric acid and bicarbonate are in combination effective against lighter grease stains as well as bad smells.

Cons:

  • In general, homemade cleaning products require more time and effort than just buying a cleaning product from the local store.
  • Mixing ingredients into cleaning solutions yourself can be a bit tricky, depending on what ingredients you use. Therefore, it is important to be careful when mixing different chemicals.
  • Many people experience the pungent smell of vinegar as the reason why they have difficulty with DIY cleaners, which often contain vinegar. Mixing in essential oils can help make the scent more pleasant but can also make it more difficult to balance the concentration of the agent. In such a case, prolonged skin contact or steaming should be avoided as much as possible.
So what are the pros and cons of the most common ingredients in DIY cleaners? We take a look!

Citric acid

 

As one of the most common food additives and chemicals, citric acid has long been readily available in our homes and stores. Citric acid is an organic acid that is useful in flavoring and preserving food, as an ingredient in cosmetic products, and - of course - as a component in cleaning products.

advantages:

  • Can act as a solvent for cleaning and degreasing
  • Kills bacteria and mold and is effective in removing soap scum, hard water stains, calcium deposits, lime and rust.
  • Can neutralize the pungent odor of vinegar

    Cons:

    • For those who experience that they have sensitive skin, citric acid can irritate the skin and trigger asthma symptoms.
    • It is well known that citric acid can be linked to mild reactions such as impaired immune function, allergies and other inhalation problems.
    • Inhaling citric acid can cause problems such as coughing, shortness of breath and sore throat. Eye contact may cause redness and pain.

      Vinegar

       

      advantages:

      • Cheap, easy to find in grocery stores and common to have at home in the pantry.
      • Can be used on many different surfaces, such as kitchen counters, the inside of the refrigerator or to clean windows.
      • Minimally toxic if swallowed.

      Cons:

      • The smell can feel overwhelming and difficult to breathe. 
      • Does not work as a disinfectant
      • May damage marble and graphite surfaces
      • Is on its own not as effective against heavier dirt as grease stains. May need to be supplemented with other ingredients.

      More information on how to best mix vinegar with other ingredients for making your own cleaning products.

      baking soda

      Bicarbonate is environmentally friendly, inexpensive and an excellent product to use to clean your home. However, there are pros and cons to using bicarbonate for cleaning, as with any other cleaning product.

      advantages:

      • Useful for many surfaces in the home, for example as a scouring agent by mixing bicarbonate with water to clean the oven, stove or remove lime, dirt or mold in the joints between tiles.
      • Safe for children and pets and completely non-toxic.
      • Good for getting rid of bad odors. Can also be used to clean stainless steel sinks and appliances.
      • Unlike other products, bicarbonate does not require you to wear protective gloves or anything else to protect your skin from irritation. It is highly unbelievable that bicarbonate would lead to skin irritation.

      Cons:

      • Bicarbonate can easily leave residual product behind, which may require additional cleaning by rinsing with water or vinegar. Thus, additional effort may be required.
      • It is important to know the amount of bicarbonate you need for a cleaning spray or paste and how long it should last. Not as easy as just taking a bottle of detergent out of your closet.

      In summary, there are generally great benefits to using these inexpensive and environmentally friendly ingredients to make your own cleaning products. The disadvantages of possible skin irritations or inhalation problems, the extra effort or the need to be extra careful with concentration, make making your own cleaning products less convenient than buying your cleansers at your local store. But if you like DIY, it can of course be really fun!

      It also depends a lot on the situation when you may need the cleaning products. To clean the whole house, from bathroom to kitchen, living room and windows in one day, your own cleaning products may be somewhat limited as you can take advantage of cleaning materials that are more adapted to each cleaning area. If you are looking for a cleaning product with a high cleaning effect, which is environmentally friendly, cost-effective and based on non-toxic ingredients, Skosh product you want!

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