How much time do you spend cleaning per month? Would you believe it if we said that according to an Arm & Hammer survey, the average person spends 23 hours and 36 minutes on cleaning and housework per month — or 5 hours and 54 minutes per week.
Sweeping and dusting were revealed to be the tasks that take the longest (50 percent), followed by cleaning the bathroom (48 percent) and doing the laundry (44 percent).
Now the issue here isn’t how much time is spent cleaning, it’s the time in which you’re exposed to the toxic, dangerous chemicals found in commercial cleaning products.
Good thing we have 4 cleaning simple swaps for a healthier home & happier planet:
1. Swap Bleach for Attitude’s Bathroom Cleaner Disinfectant
We have been using bleach for decades (and decades) without fully realizing that it is a concentrated chemical. Yes, it does brighten your clothing and disinfect your home, but at what cost? That simple white jug on the shelf is NOT harmless. The fumes that emerge once that top Is twisted off causes skin, throat, and eye irritation.
Attitude’s Bathroom Cleaner Disinfectant is hypoallergenic, cruelty-free & vegan, ecologo certified and recyclable.
2. Swap Windex for The Bare Co Glass Cleaner
Ammonia is the key ingredient in common household cleaners, like Windex. This chemical is highly irritating to the eyes, nose, throat and skin. The Enovironmental Working Group (EWG) gives Windex a ‘D’ rating when it comes to safety for human health and the environment (in case you didn’t know, that’s BAD).
The Bare Co Glass Cleaner is biodegradable, vegan, fragrance & perfume free, paraben free, ammonia, bleach and borax free and septic safe.
3. Swap Paper Towel for a Sponge Cloth
Paper towels individually have a small carbon footprint, but collectively contribute to deforestation and global warming. Used paper towels cannot be recycled & are among the tons and tons of paper products that clog our landfills.
Sponge Cloths are compostable, zero-waste and biodegradable.
4. Swap Commercial Toilet Bowl Cleaner for The Bare Co. Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Does your toilet cleaner contain warnings such as “Danger: corrosive, harmful or fatal if swallowed, wear protective eyewear, etc...”? If so, it’s reasonable to think that their ingredients can be dangerous when mishandled.
Most commercial toilet bowl cleaner ingredients have indeed been found to be corrosive to the skin, eyes, and mucous membrane when mishandled. They can also be irritating to the respiratory system in large doses.
The Bare Co. Toilet Bowl Cleaner is vegan, fragrance & perfume free, ammonia, bleach and borax free, septic safe, recyclable and biodegradable.
All these items can be found in our Clean Crate Subscription Boxes, or in the product options for your renewal crates!
At The Clean Crate Company, our goal is to help our fellow Canadian incorporate simple changes into their lifestyle that will help to create a healthy home and a happy planet. Learn more about the Canadian brands we support and the services we offer here & follow along on Instagram for weekly Simple Swaps.