#50 - GREEN CLEAN YOUR HOME
From air fresheners to cleaning products - when used regularly or in small, unventilated areas, there are several chemicals released that are toxic to humans.
Benzene, phenols, phthalates are just a few of the chemicals that are implicated in hormonal problems, sperm damage, nose and throat irritation, cell damage, headache, cough, nausea, and skin irritation - via inhalation , skin contact, eye contact and chronic exposure.
To make your own natural cleaning products, the following list is a good start...
🌿 baking soda
🌿 white vinegar
🌿 lemon juice
🌿 liquid castille soap
🌿 hydrogen peroxide
🌿 essential oils - esp eucalyptus, tea tree, and citrus
The below is a practical guide to using natural products in different parts of the home. This information comes from mercola.com. For more information or to view the article in full click here.
Deodorizing toilet scrub: Pour ½ cup of baking soda and about 10 drops of tea tree essential oil into the toilet bowl, followed by ¼ cup of vinegar. Scrub with toilet brush.
Tub and shower scrub: Combat mildew by spraying straight white vinegar onto the area. Let sit for 30 minutes. Scrub with sponge if needed, and rinse with warm water. For more heavy-duty grime, mix baking soda with a small amount of liquid castile soap. Scrub and rinse. Soap scum can also be cleaned using a small dollop of coconut oil on a damp cloth. Spray the area with white vinegar and wipe dry with a lint-free cloth.
Antibacterial disinfectant: Bathrooms are breeding grounds for germs of all kinds, but antibacterial products such as those containing triclosan can do more harm than good. For a homemade antibacterial solution, mix two cups of water with three tablespoons of castile soap and 20-30 drops of tea tree oil. Spray onto the surface (such as toilet seat and sink), then wipe off.
All-purpose countertop cleaner: Mix equal parts vinegar and water. Spray on and wipe off. For stone counters, use rubbing alcohol or vodka with water instead, as the acidity may harm certain surfaces like marble and granite.
Cutting board sanitizer (wood or plastic): Cut a fresh lemon in half and rub it across the surface in question. Let the juice sit for 10 minutes, then rinse. You can also use coconut oil to clean, sanitize, and condition your wooden cutting board. Use whenever the wood starts to look dry.
Homemade dishwasher detergent: Mix equal parts of liquid castile soap and water. You can add lemon if you like. Use about two teaspoons of lemon juice to a mixture of one cup water and one cup soap. Store in a glass jar. Pour the mixture into the detergent compartment in your dishwasher, and add plain white vinegar to the rinse compartment.
Homemade laundry detergent: My Healthy Green Family14 offers a borax- and chemical-free laundry detergent recipe using just five non-toxic ingredients: glycerine soap, washing soda, baking soda, citric acid, and coarse salt.
Homemade fabric softener: Add 20-30 drops of essential oil to a one-gallon jug of white vinegar. Add 1/3 cup to each load of laundry. (Shake before use.)
Non-toxic fabric freshener/dryer sheets: Stuff a sachet bag with dried herbs of your choice and use in lieu of commercial fabric fresheners sheets.Another option is to dab a few drops of essential oil on a lint-free rag. Both are, of course, reusable. Simply add new herbs, or a few more drops of essential oil when you feel it’s losing its scent.
Non-toxic tile floor cleaner: For tile floors, mix one part white vinegar with two parts warm water in a bucket. Scrub as usual, using either a mop or rag. No need to rinse. Beware that vinegar is not recommended for either varnished wood or other wood flooring.
All-purpose mirror and window cleaner: Mix one part white vinegar with four parts water. Add lemon juice for a citrusy smell. Lemon juice will also provide extra grease-cutting power. Spray onto the mirror or window, and scrub off with sponge or rag.
Conditioning furniture polish: Combine ¼ cup vinegar with ¾ cup olive oil. Distribute onto the furniture using a soft, lint-free cloth, and wipe off. For wood furniture, mix ¼ cup lemon juice with ½ cup olive oil, then follow the same procedure as above. Alternatively, you can just use straight coconut oil in the same manner. In all situations, test your mixture on a small area first.
Alternatively, you can purchase ready to use products from various suppliers such as
Please note: if you are trying to conceive, are already pregnant, or have children, then this email is particularly important to you as some of these chemicals are carcinogenic, reduce fertility, and of course little bodies concentrate these chemicals more than bigger bodies.