Tidy house, tidy mind. A clean home is a happy home. Cleanliness is next to Godliness. Whichever saying your parent told you as a kid, we’ve all heard something about the importance of keeping the house clean. And as corny as these proverbs may be, we agree! At Be Better we are all about living happy, healthy, productive lives, and for many people, having a clean home is a big part of that. But while many of us prioritize the cleanliness of our living spaces, not as many give a second thought to the products we use to accomplish this task. Cleaning products often slide under the radar, even by some of us who are otherwise mindful about avoiding harmful chemicals in our other purchases. Names such as Windex and Clorox have become so commonplace we take them for granted as our go-tos when, in reality, many of these brands contain a whole host of harmful chemicals we should avoid. That’s why this week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to give your cleaning supply cabinet a makeover and to start tidying up with safe, all natural cleansers you can make at home with simple, inexpensive ingredients.
If you’re not yet convinced of the toxins hidden in some of your holy grail products, here is the breakdown of the ingredients to watch out for and what risks they may pose on your health. Phthalates, Perchloroethylene, Triclosan, 2-Butoxyethanol, Ammonia, and Sodium Hydroxide, to name a few, are chemicals found in a startling number of mainstream brands. They are common ingredients in many detergents, soaps, and cleansers and could pose health threats ranging from a sore throat to hormone imbalance. Some are even carcinogenic.
All the more reason for you to go the all-natural route with these DIYs that are easy, fun, healthy, and cost effective! So without further ado, here are some recipes to create the ideal concoctions for keeping your home squeaky clean:
Countertops and Sinks
- Mix equal parts water and vinegar.
- For more porous surfaces such as marble or granite, skip the vinegar and opt for rubbing alcohol or vodka.
- In one half of the detergent compartment, add a mixture of equal parts water and liquid castile soap (add a couple tablespoons of lemon juice for a fresh scent and added disinfecting powers)
- In the other half of the compartment add white vinegar.
- Combine 1 bar glycerin soap, grated finely, 1 cup washing soda, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup citric acid, 1/4 cup coarse salt. Store in an airtight container.
- Mix 1/2 cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon castile soap, and 1/2 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide.
- Combine one part white vinegar with two parts warm water in a bucket. Scrub floor as usual with a mop or rag and let air-dry.
- For hardwood floors, combine 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, and a quart of warm water in a spray bottle. Spray onto wood and dry with a soft cloth.
These are just a few of the many simple and effective cleaning supplies you can make that will be healthier for you and your family! For more ideas click here.