It’s time for a reality check: many of the products we use to ‘clean’ our homes are actually filled with toxins and chemicals that are extremely harmful to our health – and the environment. We confuse the smell of artificial and chemically infused scents for cleanliness. Five of the major toxins lurking in your cleaning products are Phthalates, Perc, Triclosan, Ammonia and Sodium Hydroxide. These chemicals are dangerous for the body, causing damage to the livers, kidneys, brain and even the nervous system. Often they are even cancerous and corrosive, causing severe chemical burns. Read our helpful guide to understand the substances that you should avoid their potential harms and surround yourself with a eco-friendly home.
There are ways (and simple ones at that) for us to avoid these chemicals, and to keep and maintain a safe, clean and Eco-friendly home. We’ve discovered some simple and easy recipes and we’re excited to share them with you.
The first ingredient you’ll need is your white vinegar – chemical-free, inexpensive and absolutely versatile. With its wide range of uses, you can use white vinegar to remove odours, remove stains, clean windows, carpets and counters. Some people are a bit sensitive to the smell of vinegar, but don’t worry because we’ve got some tips to help you with that. First of all, the smell of vinegar disappears very fast – so don’t worry too much about it. Second, for most cleaning jobs, you’ll be adding water to it as well. And if you’re still worried, take your orange and lemon peels and add it to the white vinegar mixture (in a closed container), and leave it for a few days. This will give it a citrus scent. You can also add a few drops of essential oils to minimize the strong vinegar smell. From there, make your own mixture with 50 percent vinegar and 50 percent water and you can clean your mirrors, windows and counters.
The second most important ingredient you’ll need is baking soda. Also, inexpensive and easy to find. Baking soda not only cleans, but it also removes odours. You can keep a bowl in your fridge or sprinkle some on the bottom of your trash bin (or even your shoes). One of the best ways to use it is for cleaning the toilet bowl. All you have to do is sprinkle about a cup of the soda and your white vinegar, and the rest is history.
Check out these 67 homemade and all-natural cleaning recipes with the most basic ingredients such as rubbing alcohol, essential oils, washing soda, lemon juice and Castile soap. You have no idea how versatile these ingredients are and how close you can become to having your very own chemical-free and Eco-friendly home.
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