Green living has become more and more popular in the past several years. We are big supporters of environmentally conscious lifestyles and admire people who are trying to live their everyday lives as close to nature as possible. This doesn’t just mean recycling the waste, living in a small cottage or eating certain foods. Sustainable cleaning is also part of green living. That’s partly the reason why so many social influencers and mommy bloggers share recipes for homemade cleaning solutions that claim to be able to get rid of every stain. But as professionals in the industry, we really need to address this and answer the question “Do DIY cleaning products really work?”.
Bleach and Ammonia Recipes
Bleach does work on some surfaces and can clean efficiently. However, it is very dangerous for your health and that makes it the opposite of eco-friendly. Not only that, if you don’t know how to use it properly you may damage a lot of items in your home, even the walls! You’ve probably heard common advice for mould removal from the wall is rubbing bleach on it. Well, that may work and remove the mould, but paint will go with it too.
Some housewives use ammonia to get rid of oily stains. It’s true that’s the main purpose of that chemical element and it is the reason why it is included in most cleaning products you buy from the store. However, just like the bleach, ammonia can be very dangerous to use at home especially if you are not very experienced or you didn’t quite pay attention in chemistry classes.
ATTENTION! Don’t ever try any DIY cleaning recipes that include both ammonia and bleach! These substances react badly and can kill you!
Vinegar and Baking Soda
This has to be the most common in pretty much every DIY cleaning recipe circulating on the Internet. Now, let’s get science involved. Vinegar is an acid and baking soda is a base. When you mix acid with any base they cancel each other out and you are left with simply a salt. Can you really clean limescale or grime with water and salt? Nope, we don’t think so. What about the famous DIY drain unclogging solution featuring vinegar, baking soda and hot water? That’s literally a lot of fuss and very few actual results. The results are thanks to the hot water, anyway, not the famous combo.
Lemon acid is one of the weakest acids in chemistry. The idea that it could possibly clean a stain is simply an illusion. Not only it isn’t strong enough, but it’s also quite sticky because there are natural sugars in the lemons. That said, citric acid in hot water placed in the microwave will indeed freshen up the smell in there.
Are Commercial Cleaning Products Safe?
Unfortunately, it has been proven the most cleaning products that you find in supermarkets contain harmful chemicals that can damage your health. Some ingredients have even been linked to cancer. While those products are effective in the job they were created to do, we wouldn’t classify them as safe.
What is the Alternative Then?
Here at PNP Cleaning Service, we are extremely proud to use 100% eco-friendly cleaning products that really work. At the same time, they don’t impose any health risks neither to the cleaner, nor the residents of the property. Produced in Germany, Dr Schnell’s cleaning products are a fantastic option for households with pets, little children or people with respiratory conditions.