No, we don’t!
Over the last few decades advertising agencies have encouraged us to believe that we need chemical cleaning products. They have done an excellent job in converting us from our cheap, natural cleaners to the stain busting, bacteria eliminating products we spend so much money on. As a society we are addicted to cleanliness…and the outcome of course is, more toxins!
We breathe toxins in and we absorbed them into our skin and we even eat them, if they happen to land on our food whilst someone is being a little manic with the spray bottle. Toxins are responsible for some of our ill health, not it all of course, but it’s certainly a contributory factor especially as they accumulate within the body. The trouble is, it’s not obvious that they are there and we don’t often contribute how we feel to what we are absorbing from external sources, we focus on our food and exercise mostly. Our environment is full of toxins but we can’t individually do anything about this but we can control our household contaminants and children are especially susceptible.
In my house I use a 500 ml glass spray jar with a 1/3 of white vinegar topped up with water then 15 drops of tea tree essential oil for the germs and to smell nice add another 15 drops of lemon essential oil. A good quality organic essential oil is one from ‘do Terra’ and here’s the link: https://doterra.com/US/en and if you wish to contact someone who knows about the oils in the UK then email firstname.lastname@example.org. This home made spray can be used to clean sinks, work tops, bathrooms, floors etc without any allergic reactions or contaminants at all.
I am not saying that the occasional use of bleach to whiten the toilet is an issue but we don’t need all these different sprays and cleaners for every job type. It may take a little bit more elbow grease with this spray but at least you know the smell is natural, and it’s not harming the family.