Just exactly what’s in those bottles of caustic cleaners we pour, shake, and spray all over our homes? With ingredients like Chloro-ortho-phenylphenol (say that ten times fast), nitrobenzene, and 2-butoxyethanol it’s no wonder people are looking for natural, non-toxic cleansers for their homes.
Most of the cleaning products that may be in your home right this second are made with chemicals that are classified as hazardous waste. Take the seemingly harmless air “freshener”. Spray it around and make your house smell like roses, right? The ingredients are long and obnoxious but know that many air fresheners contain carcinogens (piperonyl butoxide), napthalene and p-dichlorobenzene (depressants of the central nervous system), and methoxychlor (pesticide).
Dish soap must be harmless, after all, it’s soap. Not quite so fast. The bottle next your kitchen sink most likely contains gems like Naptha (neurotoxin) and chloro-ortho-phenylphenol (classified as hazardous waste).
You don’t even want to know what’s in furniture polish, trust me.
Had enough yet?
Cleaning your home with safe alternatives is easy and inexpensive. The supplies needed are readily available, so what are you waiting for?
Easy Microwave De-gunker
Place a bowl of water in the microwave and heat on high power for 5 minutes (or until the water is good and hot). Leave the door closed and wait 15 minutes. Remove the bowl (careful, it’s hot!) and wipe the splattered on gunk away. Sometimes I put some vanilla extract in with the water just to make it smell good.
Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar. Spray on windows, wipe clean.
Yeah, I know vinegar doesn’t smell the greatest, but the smell dissipates quickly and it sure beats neurotoxins.
(in the interest of saving money, all essential oils listed can be used singly or in combination in all the following recipes)
Scrub for the sink
I use equal parts baking soda and borax plus essential oils known to have antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and antibiotic properties:
1/2 Cup borax
1/2 Cup baking soda
20 drops of essential oil of lavender, lemon or tea tree
Combine the borax and baking soda then add essential oils a few drops at a time, stirring well after each addition. Store in an airtight container. To use, shake a small amount into a damp sink, scrub, rinse with hot water. You can also pour a cup of white vinegar in the sink after scrubbing to freshen drains (make sure to rinse with hot water after the vinegar too). If you opt to use vinegar after scrubbing, just know the combination of baking soda and vinegar causes a fizzing reaction.
2 gallons hot water
1/4 Cup liquid castile soap (Dr. Bronner’s is a popular brand)
20 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil–optional, it just smells great with the lavender
Put the soap and essential oils in a bucket and add the hot water. You know what to do from there. And the best part? No need to rinse the floors!
Don’t forget the toilet
1/4 Cup liquid castile soap
1 Tablespoon of lavender, tea tree or lemon essential oil
Put the soap and essential oils into a spray bottle. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with water. To use: spray on the toilet and wipe off.
Want more? Let me know.
Happy, healthy cleaning!