While you try to keep your family healthy and living well, by preparing balanced meals, ensuring that they get enough exercise and giving them daily supplements (you can find information about various supplements on Consumer Advisers, clickhere for more) - their immediate environment also has an effect on their health. With pollutants in the air, at work and at school, you don’t want to add to these chemicals at home.
Common cleaning products are in fact quite toxic and are full of harmful chemicals and additives that can be detrimental to your loved ones’ health. According to recent findings, air pollution inside of the home can have immediate negative effects including headaches, respiratory irritation, and dizziness. With long-term exposure to these common cleaning products consisting of respiratory and heart disease, is it really worth using that bottle of bleach?
Luckily, there are more natural and alternative ways to clean your home and keep things hygienic and clean.
When making your own cleaning products, you will be surprised to find that you may already have the basic ingredients readily available in your pantry. If not, here is a list of what you will need in your organic cleaning arsenal.
● Baking Soda: As a staple in the home, baking soda is great for its deodorizing, brightening, and anti-viral properties. It is also a gentle abrasive agent that can cut through grease.
● Castile Soap: Castile soap is a natural soap that is made from different plant oils, with no added chemical compounds. It is also a good degreasing product.
● Vinegar: Due to the high levels of acidity in vinegar, it effectively helps to sterilize surfaces, cuts grease, soap scum and watermarks.
● Lemons: Lemon juice is also high in acidity and is great for deodorizing, removing mildew and grease.
● Olive Oil: Olive oil is not only great for cooking but can also be used as a cleaning product and surface polisher.
● Essential Oils: These natural oils make a wonderful addition to homemade cleaning products, not only for the nice smell they impart but also due to the fact that they are non-toxic fragrances.
A good all-purpose cleaner always comes in handy for wiping down counters, walls and other common surfaces. To make this product you will need:
● ½ cup of white vinegar
● ¼ cup of baking soda
● ½ gallon of water
● 20 drops of tea tree essential oil
Combine the ingredients together in a spray bottle and shake well. You can use this cleaner to remove water stains from your shower, wash bathroom mirrors, and will help to lift dirt.
Typical tile cleaner is filled with hazardous chemicals, in order to make your own you will need:
● ½ cup of baking soda
● ¼ cup of castile soap
● 10 drops of lavender essential oil
Mix all the ingredients together until the mixture resembles cake frosting. Use a sponge and scrub tiles. Rinse after you feel the tile is sufficiently clean.
When your windows are dirty, you need a good glass cleaner to cut through the grime. To make your very own organic glass cleaner you will use:
● ¼ cup white vinegar
● 10 drops orange essential oil
● 2 cups of warm water
Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake thoroughly. Spray on the window and let it sit for 30 seconds up to a minute, before wiping it off with a microfiber towel.
It is important to take care of your wooden furniture, which means that every now and again you need to lather on the polish. To make a natural polisher, you will need the following:
● 1 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
● 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice
Mix the two ingredients together and apply generously with a cloth to the item of furniture. Let sit for a few seconds before buffing it out. Leaving your tables and chairs shiny and looking new.
If you implement these organic, do-it-yourself cleaning products into your everyday cleaning routine - you will not only save money in the long run, but you will also protect your family against those harmful chemicals that can cause lasting damage. Try one or more of these natural recipes today to keep your home sparkling and your family healthy.