What if you could remove all the toxic and poisonous chemicals in your kitchen, replacing them with organic alternatives?
Some of our household cleaners are disguised as harmless products to clean up messes and keep our homes smelling nice. Many of us don’t give a second thought to these household cleaners, but your health might be severely impacted .
It’s not that difficult or time-consuming to replace common chemicals in your home with homemade organic replacements. The benefit to you and your family’s health may outweigh any mild inconvenience. While you’re at it, replace the plastic containers with reusable glass bottles. The environment, and your body, will be grateful.
This practical US Today video feature will show you just how easy this transition can be…
“Non-toxic cleaning supplies are better for the environment and your health. While there are hundreds of cleaning product brands out there — some better than others — the truth is that you just never know what harmful chemicals are hiding in the bottle. Take control back by making cleaning supplies at home that fight germs without releasing toxic fumes.”
Karen Peltier from The Spruce explains:
“Most commercial cleaning solutions contain synthetic chemicals that have unpleasant odors and may come with health risks, especially to individuals with skin sensitivities or allergies.”
Homemade cleaning solutions can be just as effective as chemical solutions, and they’re much safer. Here are a few easy ways to swap out toxic chemicals with earth-friendly, homemade cleaning solutions.
Recipes For Common Cleaners
○ Replace with a natural solution of rubbing alcohol, water, and vinegar
○ Water, vinegar, essential oil
○ Baking soda, vinegar, water, castile soap (vegetable oil-based liquid soap)
○ 3% hydrogen peroxide, applied for 10 minutes then scrubbed and wiped
○ Vinegar and tea tree oil
○ 50/50 hot water and vinegar
○ Castile soap, vinegar, water, essential oil
○ Soap nuts
Check out a visual guide from Clean My Space to get more insight into making your own home cleaning solutions:
Troubleshooting Your Homemade Cleaning Products
One of the key ingredients to replacing household cleaners is probably already in your pantry. White vinegar is a powerful and natural cleaner, but the smell can bother some people.
Katie Wells, aka The Wellness Mama, tells you how to fix that problem:
“One of the products I use the most when cleaning and that you probably already have in the house is distilled white vinegar (It is also available organic). I know, I know, you don’t want your house to smell like pickles, but don’t worry, the smell fades when it dries and can be easily masked with a few drops of essential oil.”
Many people find laundry detergent the most difficult household cleaner to replace. But soap nuts have been used by humans for millennia. They are actually a type of berry with a sort of dried shell that creates a soap-like solution when soaked in water.
Every ingredient listed above is earth-friendly. As you look to replace your household chemical products, remember that everything that leaves your drains will eventually return to nature. Eco-friendly ingredients can help you keep your house clean while ensuring you don’t do unnecessary damage to the environment. Flush responsibly!