Sunday, May 17, 2009

Do it yourself household cleaners

Environmentally friendly household cleaners can be just as toxic as regular ones. So here are some ways to save money, your health, and the environment at the same time.

What do you clean with?

It’s the hottest rage to go with environmentally friendly products to clean your home. But unfortunately when money is involved you don’t always get what you pay for, and sometimes there are cheaper healthier alternatives.

The law does not regulate products labeled non-toxic, green, and natural. So that echo friendly product you bought might be just as toxic as the regular version.

If you want to know more about toxic home cleaners I found this great article about chemicals in household cleaners.

Chemicals in household cleaners can cause fatigue, headaches, respiratory problems, disrupt hormone levels, nerve functions, and other serious diseases.

It simply makes no sense to pay extra money to use products that can have a serious effect on your current and future health.

So here are some simple home made cleaning products that will save you some money, your health, and the environment at the same time.

Glass cleaner:

Mix 1 part white vinegar to 2 parts water and fill and empty spray bottle. White vinegar is a natural deodorizer, dissolves soap scum and hard water deposits.

Sinks and tubs:

Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge to replace products like soft scrub. Baking soda has natural deodorizing properties that make it great for replacing scouring powders.

Furniture polish:

Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with 2 table spoons of olive oil and apply to cloth towel. The citric acid of the juice cuts through the dust and helps the olive oil penetrate the wood.

Floor cleaner:

Mix 1-cup hydrogen peroxide to 1 gallon of water. Hydrogen peroxide is great for killing germs and cleaning all types of surfaces.

Bathroom mold:

Mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide with 3 parts water and put into empty sprayer. Spay area and let sit for 1 hour then rinse off.

Carpet stains:

Mix 1 part white vinegar to 1 part water and put into spray bottle. Spray on stain and wait 7 to 10 minutes then use a warm soapy sponge to clean stain. Vinegar is great for killing most molds, germs, and bacteria.

Carpet deodorizer:

Sprinkle baking soda on carpet 5 hours before vacuuming.

Dishwasher soap:

Mix equal parts borax (sodium borate), and washing soda. Please be advised that borax can cause skin reactions if it comes in direct contact with the skin.

Drain cleaner:

Pour half-cup salt into 4 liters water, then heat (do not boil) and pour down the drain. Don’t ever pour boiling water down plastic pipes you can damage them.

Laundry detergent:

Mix 1 cup ivory soap with half-cup washing soda and half-cup borax. Use 1 table’s spoon for light loads and 2 for heavy. Washing soda also called sodium carbonate can be found in the laundry section of most supermarkets. It cuts grease, will neutralize odors, removes wax, do not use it on fiberglass or aluminum. Make sure you use gloves if using it as a cleaner.


Buy microfiber clothes for your everyday dusting and cleaning. They are non-toxic and need no chemicals, plus they last for years.

Do you know of any other home made cleaning remedies?

Please add them to the list.

Want to know more read Parabens in your hygiene products can mimic estrogen

1 comment:

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