PROS AND CONS OF HOMEMADE CLEANING SOLUTIONS

As we previously mentioned in our blog post DIY Tips For Making Homemade Cleaning Solutions, making cleaning supplies at home has become more and more popular lately and is also really fun to do. However, besides the convenience of homemade cleaning solutions, there are some things to consider when creating your own cleaning products.

Pros:

  1. Of course a big and obvious pro of creating your own cleaning solutions is that they’re cheap (at least in the short term) and convenient since vinegar, citric acid and baking soda are quite common ingredients to find in your kitchen.
  2. The combination of ingredients (vinegar, citric acid and baking soda) can eliminate the easy-to-remove stains or odors.

Cons:

  1. In general, DIY cleaning products require more time and effort compared to simply buying a product from your local supermarket.
  2. Mixing ingredients of cleaning solutions yourself can be tricky, depending on which ingredients you use. Therefor it’s important to be careful for instance when combining different chemicals.
  3. Many find the smell of vinegar to be the reason they don’t like to clean with DIY cleaning spray, which usually contains vinegar as a base. Combining essential oils to the mix can add a nicer scent, but can also make it harder to balance the concentration. In such cases, prolonged skin contact and vapor breathing should be avoided as much as possible.

And what about the pros and cons of the most common ingredients in our DIY cleaning products? Let’s take a look!

Vinegar 

Besides for flavors, vinegar has also been able to be used for cleaning at home although there are some obvious advantages and disadvantages as follows.

Pros:

  1. Cheap, easy to find at supermarkets and common to have at home.
  2. Can be used on many surfaces, such as cupboards, kitchen surfaces, inside the refrigerator and to clean windows.
  3. Minimally toxic with small ingestions.

Cons:

  1. The smell can seem overwhelming and hard to inhale.
  2. Doesn’t sanitize or disinfect.
  3. Can damage surfaces of marble or granite.
  4. On its own, not so effective against tougher stains like grease. Might require a supplement of other ingredients.

Check our tips on how to best mix vinegar with other ingredients to make homemade cleaning solutions.

 

Citric Acid

As one of the most common food additives and chemicals, citric acid has been available in our homes and supermarkets for a long time. Citric acid is an organic acid and that’s useful in terms of flavoring and preserving foods, as an ingredient in cosmetics, and, of course, as a component in cleaning products.

Pros:

  1. It can work as a solvent for cleaning and degreasing.
  2. Kills bacteria, mold, and mildew and is effective at removing soap scum, hard water stains, calcium deposits, lime, and rust.
  3. Can decrease the overwhelming smell of vinegar.

Cons:

  1. For those who experience skin sensitivity, citric acid could irritate the skin as well as trigger asthma symptoms.
  2. It is widely worried that citric acid could be linked to mild reactions such as impaired immune functions, allergies and other inhaling side effects.
  3. Inhaling citric acid can cause respiratory symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath and a sore throat. The contact with eyes could result in redness and pain.

    Baking soda

    Being eco-friendly and cheap, baking soda makes a great product to use for cleaning your home. However, there are pros and cons to using baking soda for house cleaning, as with all other cleaning products.

    Pros:

    1. Useful for many surfaces at home, for instance as a scouring powder of baking soda mixed with water for cleaning your oven, stove or to get out limescale, dirt or mildew between your bathroom tiles.
    2. Safe for kids and pets and toxic-free.
    3. Makes a great deodorizer to eliminate odors and can be used to shine silverware, stainless steel sinks and appliances.
    4. Unlike other household products, baking soda doesn’t require wearing gloves to avoid long-time irritation. Is highly unlikely to cause skin irritation.

    Cons:

    1. Baking soda can leave residue, requiring a second cleaning or rinsing with either water or vinegar. Therefore, extra efforts might be needed.
    2. It’s important to know the right amount of baking soda you need for a spray or powder as well as how long it should stay on. Not as easy as just getting a bottle of cleaner from your cupboard.

    In conclusion, there are generally great advantages of these cheap and eco-friendly ingredients to make your homemade cleaning solutions. The disadvantages of possible skin irritations or inhalation issues, the extra efforts or the need to be careful about the concentration, make it less convenient than buying your cleaning supplies at your local store. But if you enjoy making cleaning solutions yourself, it can of course be really fun to do so! 

    It also highly depends on the situation when you might need the cleaning products. For cleaning your whole house, from bathroom to kitchen, living room  and windows all in one day, then such homemade cleaning might be limited to provide the help you need as you could benefit from cleaning supplies that are more adapted to each cleaning area. 

    If you’re looking for a cleaning product with high cleaning effect, that’s eco-friendly and uses non-toxic ingredients for a low cost, Skosh is the one you want to check out!  

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