Switching to Natural Cleaning Supplies
Our bodies absorb ingredients in cleaning products by inhaling their fumes, or soaking them up through skin that touches the cleaned surfaces or contaminated dust.
Residue from cleaners can be left on counters and floors, exposing people of all ages to ingredients in cleaning products that could pose health hazards.
Children put their hands in their mouths starting at the early age of 3 months. As children start to crawl on the floor, eat with their hands and put toys (and nearly everything else!) into their mouths, and swipe chemicals along the way. I know this is the main reason of me wanting to switch! Children are very susceptible to the cleaning agents we use around the house, what may be fine for us adults may make it harder for children to breath!
If you want to reduce your families exposure to common household chemicals I have the list for you!
The 'Essential Three Amigos' in cleaning the house:
1. Baking soda
Baking soda is a great abrasive that can cut through grime but doesn’t scratch surfaces or leave a chemical residue. It can also be used to lift stains on counters, absorb odors (not just in the fridge! Use baking soda on the bottom of your oven as a oven cleaner as well! it keeps food that has fallen from catching on fire and absorbs any smell or grime that collects at the bottom!), and enhance soap’s effectiveness. Another great tip is to keep baking soda by your stove to dissolve any burner fires! This works very well on a element stove as food can fall into the rings and catch on fire expectantly.
2. White vinegar
White vinegar is well known for removing odors from laundry, but did you also know that it kills mold and bacteria?And also dissolves soap scum and mineral buildup? When I first started my research I didn't believe it either! Use it as a laundry rinsing agent, and whole house cleaning agent! Another great tip is if you have white cupboards that get grimy fast; take a tablespoon or two of white vinegar, and two or four tablespoons of baking soda, and make a paste. Scoop up a small amount on a sponge and scrub away! It is the most effective way to clean anything off anything white! It works like magic!
3. Hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide kills germs and is a natural whitener. Use it to clean kitchen and bathroom areas where germs or stains can be found. you can also add it to the washing machine when washing the whites.
( WARNING! DO NOT WASH WITH COLORS! Hydrogen peroxide is a replacement form for bleach and will have the same effects if washed with colored clothing!)
These are the three main key items to use while day to day cleaning, and how you use them makes a big difference!
1.) Sink Unblocker – Put a tablespoon of baking soda down the plughole, and then slowly pour in a third of a cup of white vinegar. This will loosen the clogs. Then plunge, and wash down with plenty of boiling water. To help keep drains clear, rinse with boiling water on a weekly basis and invest in one of those little plughole covers that catch the bits of food.
2.) Air Fresheners – Just open your windows! If that is not possible due to weather conditions, try using a diffuser or adding some essential oils in a bottle mixed with water and Epsom salts. Fresh flowers do the trick, too. To get rid of bad smells on fabrics (and this goes for carpets, as well!), sprinkle baking soda on them and leave for a while before vacuuming. (If you have a carpet cleaner I would suggest to sprinkle baking soda on the carpet and lightly spray over stains or dirt with a spray bottle full of vinegar. Let that sit for 30 minutes, vacuum and steam clean as normal)
3.) All-Purpose Household Cleaner – Replace those headache-inducing chemical scents with a fresh, natural alternative. Simply add some white vinegar into a spray bottle, add a squirt of Dr Bronner’s all purpose soap, a couple drops of essential oil's (like tea tree or lavender) and fill it up with water.
4.) Floor Cleaner – Back to good old white vinegar!! Mix one cup into a gallon of water, and get cleaning!
5.) Toilet Cleaner – A easy baking soda solution makes quick light work of nasty toilets. You can also add a few drops of lavender essential oil – lavender has natural antibacterial properties.
Reduce your family’s exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals by switching to natural cleaning solutions.
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Until next time! - Zoe