More and more people suffer from allergies, asthma, respiratory problems. Just look around! I am sure you can easily find someone in your family, friends, neighbors or colleagues who suffers from one of these conditions. It is not surprise actually. Chemicals are all around us! Toxic chemicals are attacking our body three ways: through the skin, through the digestive system and through inhalation. Thousands of chemicals are used in our household products (too) and their numbers are increasing faster than the evaluation of their effects on our health and environment.
I know you will think that the following statement I am about to say is bit extreme: we should be using only products that are suitable for ingestion! Why? Because everything we breath in, everything we put on our skin (cosmetics, make up, deodorants, soaps, shower gels etc.) or contact with our skin (cleaning products, washing up liquids, fabric conditioner) gets into our body, into our gut and affects our bodies’ MOST IMPORTANT thing, the immune system.
I understand that it is impossible to completely keep toxins away in these modern days. Even if we could manage to clear out our home from harmful chemicals, in the second we leave our house we meet tons of “danger”.
Nevertheless we should make some effort to use more natural products and avoid as much toxic and harmful chemicals as possible. For the sake of our own and our families’ health and our environment.
You can make your own!
You do not have to buy expensive and fancy cleaning products – however convenient – that you do not even know what they contain. You could make your own, natural, harmless cleaners.
Here are some ideas:
– Easiest all purpose cleaner
Mix 9 part water and 1 part vinegar in a spray bottle – THAT’S IT.
– Dishwasher liquid
Mix 3 tbsp liquid Castile soap, 2 cups warm water, 2 tsp glycerine, 2 tbsp. white vinegar, 10 drops lavender essential oil.
– Drain Cleaner
Mix soda bicarbonate with apple cider vinegar.
– Carpet cleaner
Sprinkle your carpet with baking soda. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes, and then vacuum.
– Air freshener:
Mix distiller water and a good smelling organic essential oil of your choice in a BPA free or glass spray bottle.
– Upholstery freshener:
Spray straight vodka on stinky upholstery.
– Glass cleaner (windows and mirrors):
Mix 2 cups water, 1/2 cup white or cider vinegar.
– Laundry Detergent
I simply use organic soap nut and liquid soap nuts.
Next time we will talk about a bit more why eco cleaning is important and how to choose a right product if you do not have time to make your own.
P.S. Please feel free to share your own well-tried cleaner recipe!