By Renee Sellers.
Do you have a cabinet at home filled with all sorts of different cleaning supplies? One for the kitchen counter, and others for the windows, the sink, the shower, and the toilet? If you stop and look at the ingredients listed on those containers you might not recognize a single one! Using natural cleaning supplies not only saves you money, it is an essential way to get rid of toxins you might be putting into your body.
Cleaning supplies are among the most toxic products found in the home! The two most common ingredients and the highest in toxicity are chlorine and ammonia, which produce fumes that are irritating to eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Fragrances added to cleaners such as laundry detergents and fabric softeners also pose a problem. They can cause cause respiratory irritation, sneezing, headaches and watery eyes. By making small changes in your life, such as switching to eco-friendly cleaners or making your own all-natural cleaning supplies, you can have a happier and healthier home!
Where's a good place to start? Make sure you read all of the labels on cleaning supplies and household products. Buy all-natural organic cleaners that are gentler on human health and the environment. Most can be found in conventional grocery stores or natural foods stores. You can also make your own cleaning supplies! Basic ingredients include baking soda, lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, and castile soap. Using natural supplies eliminates chemicals that are inhaled, which can cause major mental health issues, such as damaged brain activity from neurotoxins. Not only are you creating a healthier home but you're also helping to protect the environment!
This weeks Be Better Challenge is to switch one toxic cleaning supply with a natural cleaning supply. The advanced Be Better Challenge is to try to create your own natural Do-It-Yourself cleaning supply.
Here are some DIY examples from for you to get started!
Mix equal parts white vinegar (a natural disinfectant/deodorizer that reduces bacteria, mold, and germs) and water in a spray bottle.
Make a paste of baking soda and nontoxic dish soap (about 1 to 1 ratio, use less than you think youll need, it makes a lot; add water, if needed, to thin).
Mix equal parts water and vinegar, plus a few drops of olive oil. Add essential oils for fragrance if you want. You can also add a small amount of nontoxic dish soap if needed.
For laundry, add lemon juice (another natural disinfectant), borax, washing soda, or hydrogen peroxide to the rinse cycle. For general disinfecting, use nontoxic soap and/or white vinegar. Certain essential oils (including tea tree, lavender, orange, and eucalyptus) are antiseptic and can be added to water in a spray bottle to make all-purpose cleaners.