When it comes to healthy eating, paying attention to what you’re cleaning with is just as important as paying attention to what food you’re eating. Common household cleaners contain dangerous toxins, such as Phthalates (used for fragrance) and 2-butoxyethanol, which is found in window cleaners. These two particular toxins are absorbed right through the skin and have been linked to asthma, hormonal imbalances, and organ damage.
The fact that manufacturers can sell products containing these and other deadly ingredients is scary, but thankfully, you can very easily make your own cleaning supplies that are just as (if not more) effective, and 100% natural. Some basic ingredients include vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, citrus, and water.
For the Kitchen:
For a cleaner you can use on everything from the countertops to the stovetop, mix 1 teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon natural dish soap, and 2 tablespoons of vinegar into a spray bottle. After shaking, let it sit for a minute before filling with warm water and shaking again.
All you need for a natural odor control is the pulp from a lemon. Stick it down the disposal with a few strips of the lemon peel, turn on the water, and run the disposal.
For the Bathroom:
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Mix ¼ cup baking soda with 1 cup of vinegar for an easy toilet cleaner. Let the mixture sit in the bowl for at least 15 minutes before scrubbing away stains.
In a spray bottle, mix ¼ cup vinegar with 4 cups of warm water to clean glass. Wipe clean with a dry, clean rag.
Make a paste using ½ cup vinegar with ½ cup borax. Scrub away at mold spot before rinsing. If the mold is really bad, leave the paste on the spot for an hour.
For Pet Stains
Mix 2 cups of warm water with 2 cups of distilled vinegar. Add four big tablespoons of baking soda and pour into a spray bottle. Spray mixture on the stain, let sit for at least five minutes, and then blot/rub.