Store-bought cleaners, including some 'green' products, contain toxins like phthalates, chlorine bleach, and ammonia that may lead to multiple organ damage or cancer. Make natural cleaners using borax, lemon, vinegar, tea tree oil, and baking soda. All-purpose cleaner: 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup vinegar, and 2 gallons water. Bathroom mold remover: Hydrogen peroxide and water (1:2).
If you are anything like me, once there is a hint of spring in the air, you would want to thoroughly clean your house. But did you know that many of the cleaners you have in your cupboard are loaded with toxins or volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are harmful to your health?
What Are VOCs?
VOCs are a large group of carbon-based chemicals that are found in cleaning products, air fresheners, carpets, cosmetics, kitchen cupboards, paints, glues, and other household items.
We often think that outdoor air quality is worse than the air we breathe indoors, but, in fact, the VOC levels in your home may be two to five times higher than those out of doors.
What Do They Do?
Inhaling VOCs can cause a host of health ailments:
- Eye, nose, and throat irritation
- Risk of cancer
- Damage to kidney, liver, and the central nervous system
How Safe Are “Green” Products?
Unfortunately, many companies use vague or nonspecific claims about being “green” or environmentally friendly. So when shopping for healthier options, look for verifiable eco-labels, read labels, and remember to avoid these ingredients:
- Chlorine bleach
- Sodium laureth sulfate
- Ethoxylated alcohols
Can I Make My Own Cleaners?
Use these easily available, harmless, natural ingredients to make your own cleaners:
- Baking soda — cleans, deodorizes, and scours
- Lemon — fights against household bacteria
- Borax — cleans, deodorizes, and disinfects
- Vinegar — cuts grease and removes mildew, odors, stains, and wax buildup
- Tea tree oil — is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic
1. All-Purpose Cleaner
Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda into 2 gallons of water.
2. Glass Cleaner
Mix 2 cups water, 1/2 cup white vinegar, and 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle.
3. Bathroom Mold Remover
Mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide with 2 parts water in a spray bottle. Spray on mold, let sit for an hour, and then wipe.
4. Kitchen Sink, Counters, And Cutting Board Cleaner
Rub half a lemon over the surfaces and rinse with hot water.
Let’s go back to a few natural cleaning ingredients to keep our houses clean and our bodies healthy!
So what are your favorite ingredients?