Most of the commercial cleaning products are made up of the same basic ingredients as homemade cleaning products but, contain some additional but harmful chemicals. There are advantages and disadvantages associated with both types of products, so here is the comparison between both.
Commercial Cleaning Products
These are produced under the names of big companies, they are created to compete with rivals resulting in better cleaning, brightness and deep cleansing. You can generally find better results with commercial products but they often use harmful chemicals in order to perform better than rivals. How harmful can they be? This is made obvious just by reading the product label, it’s actually kind of scary. Not to mention the fact these harsh chemicals can’t be used on certain surfaces and some of the ingredients used in these commercial products are not environment friendly and often contain allergens. Also, The ingredients used in commercial products are often complex and not accessible for common people to use in their own homemade products.
But if you still want to use commercial products here are some of my go to’s:
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads, 8-Count Box
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Counter Top Spray, Lemon Verbena, 16 Fluid Ounce (Pack of 3)
Simple Green 11001 Clean Building All-Purpose Concentrate Cleaner, 1 Gallon Bottle
Homemade Cleaning Products
The biggest advantage of using homemade cleaning products is that they can save you a lot of money (were talking over a 50% savings). Also, unlike commercial products, when you make your own cleaning product, you know exactly what you’re dealing with. You can also get creative when creating your own cleaning product by customizing the ingredients for different cleaning purposes. They are less likely to be harmful to the environment or contain any hidden unsafe chemicals. The most common ingredients in homemade cleaning products are baking soda, ammonia, critic acid, borax, and distilled vinegar.
Here are the links to those ingredients:
You will notice these products are more expensive than their commercial grade counter-parts. However, the quantity and number of uses you get out of these products are many times that of what you would get out of the commercial grade products and end up being a lot cheaper over the long term.
The major disadvantage to the homemade method is you need the proper ground work before experimenting as mixing the wrong things can create serious injuries, this isn’t as likely as it may seem, but still you need to be safe. One last thing to consider before you try You should have a good knowledge about reactions of different surfaces and ingredients against each other. You can always try the mixture on a small, less conspicuous spot; really you should use this technique with any product your using homemade or otherwise.