Indoor Air Pollutants – Non-toxic Protection for your Home
It’s a known saying that ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’. Unfortunately, the same things that keep us clean and bacteria-free can be bad for our health. Thinking that your home is neat and clean can certainly give you a piece of mind, but at the same time it can freak you out. It can drive you crazy knowing that products and chemicals used to disinfect surfaces of your home contain toxic and dangerous chemicals. Is there anything you can do about it? Luckily, there are perfectly safe and completely natural ways to clean your home without exposing yourself, and your family, to toxic products.
What do you need?
The easiest, cleanest, and greenest natural alternatives are right under your nose, you only need to learn their qualities so you can effectively turn household items into natural cleaning products.
- Baking soda can be used for cleaning, and to get rid of bad odours.
- White Vinegar removes grease, mildew, and also removes odours.
- Lemons are incredibly acidic, smell divine, and can be added to practically any mixture because of its antibacterial traits.
- Olive oil can be used to polish almost any surface.
- Essential oils (such as lavender, lemon, and eucalyptus) successfully ‘kill’ the smell of vinegar.
- Castile Soap is a gold mine; it can be used for practically anything. Ranging from teeth brushing, pet shampoo, dish washing, to even cleaning carpets.
Clean your toilet
A mixture of baking soda and vinegar can be used to unclog your drains, but also to clean your toilet. You don’t have to prepare anything in advance, you just simply throw both substances together, and it will start to foam in no time. For entertainment reasons, you could even call your kids to watch. Most kids find the science behind these chemicals to be very interesting. After you let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes, simply scrub the surface, and notice how it’s now sparkling clean. If you want to leave the room smelling nice too, add a few drops of essential oils such as lemon or eucalyptus before you pour the vinegar in.
Disinfect tub and shower
If you notice mildew, spray some white vinegar first, and let it sit for a few minutes. After this, use a sponge to make sure it will all go off, and then rinse it off with warm water. Next, using a combination of baking soda and liquid castile soap, scrub the surface and then rinse the product off with warm water. If you have problem with the smell of mildew (as is the case in most bathrooms), there is a solution for this as well. Pour baking soda with a few drops of essential oils in a jar, poke holes in the lid, and leave it in the room. You can use this trick to freshen up any room in your hose, not just your bathroom.
Borax free laundry detergent
While borax is a substance commonly used in different homemade cleaning products, it can be avoided. If you want to avoid it completely, you can make your own detergent without this substance in it in no time. Not only is it safer than store-bought detergents, but it is cheaper as well. You will need: half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of citric acid, a cup of washing soda, quarter of a cup of coarse sea salt, and a bar of castile soap. Use a blender for the soap, put all of the ingredients in a bowl, and stir to combine them. Put this combination in an airtight jar, and use between one and two tablespoons of it for your laundry. Voila, your clothes will be both safe and clean afterwards.
If you have been using chemicals to clean your home so far, it can be a bit odd getting used to these DIY natural products at first (since they are used a bit differently, and they certainly smell differently). However, for the safety of your children and family, it is imperative that you use natural products. If you’re pregnant, you should be extra careful when cleaning with toxic chemicals. Once you get to know what each ingredient does, you can be creative and easily mix them to make your own cleaning products.