Commercial cleaners are not only bad for the environment, but also terrible for your health and the indoor air quality of your home. The chemicals used in commercial cleaners are hormone disrupters, cause respiratory illnesses, and harm to your central nervous and reproductive systems. And most of all many are known cancer causing carcinogens.
Corporations are expected to supply labels that say “poison”, or “flammable” but there are no labeling laws which haven’t changed since 1960′s and since then thousands of chemicals have been invented).
Are you troubled yet? Don’t fret, there’s excellent news!
If you don’t have the time to combine your own natural cleaning products (which by the way is not difficult and is actually a lot of fun), first start by dishing out the commercial cheap cleaning products and get some natural cleaners from the store. There are numerous choices accessible now in many retail stores. Slowly you will be motivated to create your own.
With a mixture of a small variety of natural ingredients, you can take care of every cleaning requirement for your home and office. You will learn that it is so much less costly, far better for you, and better for the environment.
Using lemons, baking soda, club soda, vinegar, essential oils, and even vodka, you can take care of 100% of your house cleaning needs. Set aside some refillable bottles (you can use your old cleaner spray bottles) and mix the following for your cleaning needs.
Disinfectant and All-purpose Homemade Cleaner
Vodka. Yes, Vodka!! I buy a full-size the cheapest bottle of vodka, put some in a spray bottle, add 10-20 drops of eucalyptus oil and I use it all the time as my everyday cleaner. Alcohol will destroy bacteria right away. You can use other essential oils, try lavender oil, tea tree oil, peppermint oil, etc.
I can purchase the largest most cost-effective bottle of vodka for around $8-$10 that will last for 2-3 months. In the long run, it’s cheaper over the hazardous commercial cleaners. Did you know that lavender is a deterrent for various critters like ants and roaches. The effectiveness of essential oils is often neglected.
Vinegar is a natural all-purpose cleaner and many of my green friends use a mixture of vinegar and water as their all-purpose cleaner. Combine one part water to one part vinegar in a spray bottle. You will smell it at first but the smell disappears once it dries within a few seconds. Avoid using vinegar on porous surface such as marble but otherwise it makes for a great cleaner. Certain areas such as inside the toilet bowl, you can use the full strength vinegar. For most all-purpose cleaning, use diluted version.
For your hardwood floors, you can simply mix 1 cup vinegar to 1 gallon of water.
One other awesome all-purpose cleaner is baking soda. Sprinkle in a bathtub to tackle grime. Baking soda is great for soap scum. It is best when you sprinkle and leave it for 20 minutes and come back to it. You can also use baking soda as oven cleaner.
Additionally Hydrogen Peroxide has a great number of uses as well. i like soaking my tooth brushes in 1 part HP and 1 part water to clean and disinfect it. You can also use full strength HP in your shower to eliminate the presence of mold.
Full Strength Vinegar….need I say more. You can use full strength or less strong depending on the circumstances. Leave it for a couple of minutes, clean with toilet brush and flush. For extra strength cleaning, you can sprinkle some baking soda as well.
Vinegar and Water, it’s that simple. You won’t believe how fantastic your windows/glass surfaces will look. Give it a few tries and after you’ve cleared up the ammonia build up, you will like it perhaps even much better than the commercial window cleaners.
Mix 1 part oil (buy a cheap olive oil) with 1/2 part lemon juice. Wipe with a soft cloth. Your furniture will look stunning.
Club Soda worksgreat on carpet stains, better than any commercial carpet stain removers. Use baking soda as a deodorizer.
Laundry Bleach Alternative
one part hydrogen peroxide and one part water. Helps to whiten your laundry and your lungs will thank you for not having to take in all that bleach while you do your laundry.
1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar, 2 tablespoon baking soda, 2 tablespoon lemon juice. Put in a spray bottle. Adding a few drops of grapefruit oil also works great in the mixture
To any of the recipes above, you can add your choice of essential oils. Some of the ones I love using are Eucalyptus, lavender, tea tree, and peppermint.
Homemade cleaning products are as effective if not more in cleaning as the dangerous commercial products yet they are even better for the environment, better for your health, and cheaper. The indoor air quality of your home will improve significantly. So don’t wait another day, start today in creating your own eco-friendly, green cleaning products that are healthier for you, your family, pets, and your home.
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