The cleaner your home is, the unhealthier it may be,
because of toxic cleaning products made from petroleum
Many of these commercial cleaning products contain dangerous
chemicals that are not listed on the label. A manufacturer
can omit any ingredient that is considered a secret formula
from its label, and many of these secret ingredients are
toxic and carcinogenic.
Beware that many cleaning products are now saying they
are Green or Eco Friendly, and
are now on the Green bandwagon. This is called Green Wash,
but make sure you read labels and research all product
You can reduce your chemical exposure by eliminating
chemicals in your home, and using only natural cleaning
products that are plant based. There are many safe cleaning
products like Ecover, Mrs. Meyers, Seventh Generation,
Sun & Earth, and Orange Plus. Even though they are
more expensive, they are more concentrated, and worth
it because they are safe.
Another alternative is to make your own natural cleaning
products. Using homemade natural cleaning products makes
cents, because it is cheaper, healthier and
non toxic, and it is fun.
To clean with natural products all you need is:
Liquid castile soap
Organic essential oils (optional)
Micro fiber cloths
Baking Soda is great to scrub the bath and kitchen. Put
it in a glass grated cheese container with a stainless
steel top that has holes in it, and just sprinkle the
baking soda on the surfaces and scrub. You may add a few
drops of your favorite essential oil to this. Lavender
and tea tree oil have anti bacterial qualities.
Baking soda and apple cider vinegar is a bubbly combination
that has many uses. As a drain cleaner, sprinkle baking
soda down the drain then add apple cider vinegar and let
it bubble for 15 minutes, then rinse with hot water. This
is a safer alternative to dangerous drain cleaners. Baking
soda and apple cider make a wonderful spa-like bath for
soaking away aches and pains and detoxing. It also cleans
the tub and the drain.
Baking soda can also be used as a fabric softener in
To polish silver, instead of using toxic silver polish,
fill the kitchen sink with hot water, add a sheet of aluminum
foil and baking soda, and let the silver pieces soak until
clean. It is an easy and fun way to clean silver.
Vinegar can clean almost anything in the house; you can
add liquid castle soap, essential oil (optional), and
filtered water, then clean floors, windows, bath, kitchen,
etc. Vinegar can also be used as a fabric softener. Never
use dryer sheets -- they are toxic too. In the laundry,
use vinegar in the wash cycle to prevent fabrics from
Commercial window cleaners contain butyl cellosolve --
a toxic ingredient that is not listed on the labels, so
vinegar and water is much safer. Use a micro fabric cloth,
not newspaper, which contains toxic dyes.
Borax is a good laundry boaster and cleaner to remove
mold and is safe and non toxic.
Hydrogen peroxide is a disinfectant, and is safer to
use than chlorine bleach for disinfecting and whitening.
Lemon juice is also a natural whitener.
Liquid Castile Soaps can be found in health food stores
and is safer than commercial liquid cleaning products.
Organic essential oils may be used in homemade cleaning
products depending on your personal preference and tolerance
to these scents. Never use synthetic fragrances or air
Commercial fabric refreshers also contain dangerous chemicals,
therefore, use Vodka in a spray bottle to freshen up chairs
and upholstery. The Vodka is cheaper, non-toxic and the
alcohol evaporates, and is not harmful. The alcohol in
hand sanitizers is harmful, however, and should not be
used on children since the alcohol absorbs into the body
via your skin. Therefore, use only hand sanitizers that
are plant based from the health food store, or just good
old soap and water.
Making your own natural cleaning products is rewarding
and fun, and you can use the natural scents that you prefer
while ensuring that your home is safe from dangerous chemicals
that are harmful to you and your familys health.