After learning about all the dangerous chemicals in house-hold cleaning products, it is definitely worth a try to make your own version with safe and natural ingredients. Household cleaning products are designed to make our lives easier. However, they are loaded with toxins and pollutants. This is especially important to consider if you have small children who are often curious and still in the phase where everything ends up in their mouthes. According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 3 people suffer from allergies, asthma, sinusitis or bronchitis. Treatment for these conditions should include reducing synthetic chemicals in the home environment. Additionally, about 80,000 children are taken to emergency rooms each year due to accidental poisonings involving household cleaning products in the US. While a growing number of green products are now available for purchase, it is fun and inexpensive to also make your own solutions.
- 1 tsp borax
- ½ tsp washing soda
- 1 tsp liquid castille soap
- essential oils as preferred- 4 drops lemon, 4 drops lavender and 10 drops orange – rosemary oil is great too
- Place borax, washing soda and soap in a glass spray bottle. Plastic is fine too.
- Add 2 cups of warm water. Cover the bottle and shake well. Use as needed. This spray is great as bathroom cleaner, floor cleaner, kitchen cleaner and on toys to disinfect.
Is Borax Safe?
Borax is considered a mild skin irritant similar to baking soda. The MSDS lists borax as a health hazard of 1 – similar to salt and baking soda. A health concern with borax is with its potential to disrupt the reproductive system. Studies have not been done in humans regarding this. However, potential reproductive issues in mice are suspected from high levels of ingested borax. Borax is a natural substance which is non-carcinogenic, does not accumulate in the body, or absorb through the skin. It is not harmful to the environment.
There are also a number of other natural solutions to specific cleaning needs. For example:
- Baking soda – cleans, deodorizes, softens water, scours, and whitens teeth
- Cornstarch – cleans furniture, windows, rugs and carpet
- Lemon – one of the strongest acids found among food, effective is disinfecting, cuts grease, smells good
- Vinegar (white) – cuts grease, removes mildew, stain remover
- Soap – unscented soap in liquid form or in flakes, powders, or bars is biodegradable and will clean almost anything. Avoid buying soap with petroleum distillates
- Borax – cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, cleans wallpaper, painted walls and floors
- Isopropyl alcohol – disinfectant
- Hydrogen Peroxide – Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, non-toxic
- Olive oil – Going more towards home beauty, olive oil is a great conditioner and moisturizer, it also shines stainless steel and can aid in cleaning cast iron skillets
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