You know the feeling. Walking through the door after a long days work and seeing, sometimes even smelling, the evidence of a dirty house. Not your proudest moment. So in an attempt to restore order to the chaos you
reach for your trusted store-bought household cleaner to save the day. But does it?
When you investigate and get down to the nitty-gritty, you will find that these products contain dangerous ingredients and are actually doing more harm than good.
The U.S Poison Control Center reported in 2000 that cleaning products were responsible for nearly 10% of all toxic exposures, 120,434 of these calls involving children under six who ingested those cleaners stored inside the home.
With so much at stake, it's important to know what other options are available to you. Eco-friendly cleaning solutions are easy to make and safe for you to use.
You also might be surprised to learn that you can get many cleaning materials from your local supermarket very inexpensively, making the switch over to a healthier way of cleaning easier than ever.
What You Need and What To Make
Listed here are some items that are commonly used on their own or in combination to make homemade cleaning solutions:
- White Vinegar- A multi-tasker that can be used as an all-purpose cleaner, brightener, deodorizer, and more. It mixes well with a variety of products and can be picked up at your local supermarket for 2-3 dollars.
- Tea Tree Oil
- Various Essential Oils
- Baking Soda
So just what types of green solutions can you make for your home:
- All Purpose Cleaner
- Glass Cleaner
- Brass Cleaner
- Carpet Stain Remover
- Grill and Oven Cleaner
1. All-Purpose Cleaner
- 4 cups hot water
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 15 drops of tea tree oil
- 2 tsp. borax
Combine all ingredients then pour into a spray bottle.
- 4 tablespoons of baking soda
- 1 quart of warm water
Mix the two together then pour over on a clean sponge and wipe.
2. Glass Cleaner
- White vinegar
- Warm water
Mix 2 teaspoons of white vinegar into 1 quart of warm water. Be careful not to use too much vinegar as that can scratch the glass causing clouding.
3. Brass Cleaner
- White vinegar or lemon juice
- Table salt
Dampen a sponge with vinegar or lemon juice, sprinkle with some salt then rub gently over the surface. Rinse thoroughly then dry with a soft cloth.
4. Carpet Stain Remover
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup water
Form a paste by combining the white vinegar, baking soda, and water. Scrub the paste onto the carpet, and then vacuum when dry.
Common carpet stain removers contain:
- Perchloroethylene: a human carcinogen and can cause dizziness, fatigue, and headaches.
- Naphthalene: When exposed an individual can experience decreased red blood cells which can lead to anemia.
- Formaldehyde: Is cancer-causing in high amounts for prolonged periods, and causes throat, nose, and eye burning and wheezing in shorter periods
- 3/4 cups borax
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops lemon essential oil
Flush to wet the inside of the bowl. Mix all ingredients together and pour inside of toilet bowl. Allow this to sit for several hours. Scrub the bowl and flush to rinse.
6. Grill and Oven Cleaner
This one is about as easy as it gets. Simply take a lemon and slice it in half. Then rub it all over the grill and oven, including the tops of both and the inside of the oven.
These are just a few of many green solutions you can whip up to keep your home looking as clean as ever without the toxic side effects of store-bought cleaners. By taking the time to mix your own ingredients at home you will save money, your health, and help the environment! Go ahead, give yourself a pat on the back. You've earned it.