Cleaning is the process of removing soil, stains, or undesirable microorganisms from surfaces and restoring that surface to its original condition as possible. Cleaning plays an essential role in our daily lives by providing important public health benefits to consumers beyond the obvious aesthetic benefits, by keeping our surroundings clean, protected and free of germs; and by helping to extend the life of our personal possessions.
As the green movement continues to work its way into the fabric of American life, a growing number of families and businesses are turning away from harsh chemicals to clean their homes and offices and embracing a more natural way to keep things sparkling.
Natural cleaning products are substances used to clean, deodorize, and/or disinfect which have natural substances as their active ingredients. In some cases, natural cleaning products may be less damaging to the environment and safer for humans and pets than conventional cleaning products.
Effective natural cleaning products can be made from (a combination of) common household ingredients, such as:
Lemon juice, conventional and electrolyzed Water, Borax, Vinegar, Salt, Mineral oil, Baking soda, washing soda, vegetable based soap, plants with high saponin levels.
The exclusive use of natural cleaning products allows lowering the needed inputs required for water purification. Especially in areas where small-scale, individual systems need to be used to purify the water. This allows for a substantial decrease in the cost and size of the installation. Also, in certain cases, it allows the system to be discarded completely, as regular water diversion may result to suffice instead. As an added advantage, nutrient recycling in certain greywater systems may be increased, allowing gains for domestic food production systems, for example permaculture systems, used at home.