Using harsh chemicals as a substitute for basic cleanliness and hygiene is fraught with danger for the environment and for your health. Therefore, exclude ammonia, chlorine and phosphate-based cleaners from beneath your kitchen and laundry sinks. Obsessive use of these anti-bacterial cleaning products leads to:
1. Pollution of the air you breathe.
2. Emergence of even more harmful strains of bacteria — superbugs.
3. Unnecessary anxiety about salmonella and E. coli bacteria through clever TV advertising — leading to fear and guilt.
4. A weaker immune system which means more childhood asthma, eczema and hayfever. The immune system needs to be challenged, to be healthy.
5. Lowering of basic cleanliness and hygiene practices because of reliance on miracle cleaners.
It’s easy to keep your home sparkling clean using: white vinegar, bicarb soda (sodium carbonate, baking soda) for stains and stubborn dirt, and an environment-friendly, citrus-based detergent.
A fun cleaning hint
Dip half a lemon in salt and rub the bottom of a copper-based saucepan vigorously with the lemon pad. Rinse with hot water. Polish dry with a soft cloth. You will be amazed by the result!