A lot of the chemical cleaners that are used daily in our homes are made of toxic substances lie petrochemicals. For people who are health conscious is wiser to use a natural cleaning substitute.
Whatever gets on our skin is absorbed into the body, also when we breathe in chemicals too!
A staggering number of synthetic chemicals have been manufactured for the past five decades. Most of these were fashioned from coal tar and petroleum which is specifically to function as chemical weapons for a warfare situation. Unfortunately, many of the substances does not go any safety testing for their possible effect on human and their health.
Also, without our consent, they become additives to our food, water, and daily products such as the common household cleaning product. These toxic chemicals are included without informing us of the risks they pose or advocating preventive measures.
Yearly, there are processes where thousands of new chemicals are being introduced while crucial information is suppressed by the industry from the buying public.
Less than ten percent have been tested for mutagenic, reproductive or chronic effects while less than five percent have undergone testing for acute health effects on humans. Moreover, long-term risks or their influence on the unborn or even the combined effects on the health of humans has not been at all tested.
Chemical cleaning products that you use from a bottle container is exposing you to toxins through skin contact from the fumes you breathe. The chemicals become airborne which in turn releases particles of the air-born chemical into your lungs when breathing, and this happens when you spray petroleum-based toxic cleaners. But by using natural cleaning products, you and your family’s exposure to these toxins can be lessened. Even for your laundry detergents, manufacturers do not even put the full list of ingredients that they use for their detergent containers.
Unknowingly, we are being exposed to its chemical composition such as ammonia, phosphorus, phenol, enzymes and naphthalene along with numerous other chemicals are most commonly included in laundry detergents.
Body reactions such as itching, sneezing and allergy problems, and as well as rashes and more complicated health problems, may be caused by these petrochemicals and other ingredients in detergents.
These petroleum-based chemicals can enter the body by being able to be absorbed into the skin from the residue that remains in your clothing, sheets, towels, and other fabrics after washing.
Bleach, on the other hand, is also a very strong corrosive and can irritate and burn the eyes, the respiratory tract and skin as well. When accidentally ingested, it can cause vomiting, coma or pulmonary edema to the person. Remember that you must never combine bleach with ammonia or any type of acid toilet bowl cleaner since these mixtures do produce toxic and deadly fumes that should never be inhaled nor absorbed by the body.
Let these information serve as a reminder when purchasing cleaners. Like any other items, natural is still always better..
Make Your Own General Purpose Cleaner
For use on tiles, bathroom panels, mirrors, windows and hard bathroom and kitchen surfaces.
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 1/4 cup bicarbonate of soda
- 2 litres water
Mix together all ingredients in a bucket of water. Decant into a spray bottle. Store and keep.
Vinegar Window Washing Solution
- 1 part vinegar
- 1 part hot water
Hint: The heat of the water helps the vinegar to clean better.
Vinegar Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
Put the vinegar into the toilet bowl and let sit for a few minutes before cleaning.
Using vinegar is a good way to “green clean,” meaning it is better for the environment.
Caution: Do not believe any homemade cleaning recipes that say that vinegar will disinfect your toilet or any other surface. It will not. Please see my whole article on why vinegar does not disinfect for more details.
Carpet Freshener And Deodorizer With Essential Oils
- 1 cup baking soda
- 7-10 drops essential oil (whatever scent you prefer)
Step 1: Combine the baking soda and essential oils together, in a large bowl. The mixture will have a tendency to clump up, and therefore you must break up the clumps and try to distribute, as evenly as you can, the essential oils througout the baking soda.
Step 2: Place this mixture into a shaker with large holes.
Step 3: Sprinkle the mixture on the carpet.
Step 4: Wait approximately half an hour and then vacuum it up.
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
- 1 1/2 cups borax
- 1 1/2 cups baking soda
- 1 cup table salt
Combine these dry ingredients together into a container, and shake until mixed thoroughly.
This makes four cups of homemade dishwasher detergent, total. Use 1/4 of a cup per load, meaning that you have made enough for 16 loads of dishes from this recipe.
She also warns that it is not as strong as some other commercial dishwasher detergents, so you must be even more careful about scraping and pre-rinsing your dishes before running the dishwasher.
Natural cleaning cupboard must-haves
- Bicarbonate of soda (buy a large container from the chemist, rather than small pots from supermarkets. Also available in bulk online)
- White vinegar (available to buy in bulk from supermarkets)
- Lemon juice
- Essential oils (especially tea tree oil, lavender oil, eucalyptus oil and lemongrass oil)
- Castille soap – chemical-free vegetable-based soap (Dr Bronner’s is available online in hard and liquid forms)
- Soapnuts (Available at Friends of the Earth shop, Budgens stores and other online shops)
- Soda crystals (washing soda). Find in the laundry section of large supermarkets
- Spare jars and spray bottles