DIY: Non-Toxic Cleaners for Your Home
We all enjoy the fresh scent of a clean home. But, have you ever wondered what type of ingredients you’re actually breathing in? Although your home may smell lemon fresh or like an ocean breeze, many of the most popular household cleaning products are loaded with harmful chemicals.
Some of the worst offenders can contain strong chemicals like ammonia, chlorine, phosphates and various types of acid. When you use these name-brand cleaners in your home each week, the chemicals are released into the air, cycled through your HVAC system, and inhaled by your family.
Luckily, there are several alternatives to using the popular choices. Many stores carry eco-friendly brands that don’t use toxins (be sure to check the label or research online). But our favorite solution is to whip up your own homemade, toxin-free versions.
Here are a few common household items that can be used as cleaning agents:
· Microwave: Fill a microwave-safe bowl with water, vinegar, and natural dishwashing soap. Microwave the bowl for 2-4 minutes, until the water is steaming. Leave the door closed for 10 minutes and allow the steam to penetrate through the grime. Remove the bowl. Use a damp cloth to easily remove any leftover food.
· Oven: Mix water with 2 teaspoons of baking soda in a spray bottle. Spray your oven with the solution and leave overnight. Wipe out the oven, the following day.
· Mildew can be killed with hydrogen peroxide. Just spray, let it sit for 5 minutes and then wipe off.
· To keep your toilets fresh and clean every day, sprinkle baking soda and a few drops of your favorite essential oil into the bowl. Use these ingredients to scrub a few times per week to keep toilets looking and smelling fresh.
· Tackle the other surfaces of your home by mixing vinegar, baking soda, castile soap, essential oils, and water. This solution can be used to clean surfaces in your bathroom, kitchen countertops and tiles, and general surfaces in your home.
Using natural cleaners is a better choice for keeping your family safe and improving the air quality in your home.
If you have questions or concerns about air filtering or other ways to improve air quality, we’re GLADD to help. Get in touch with us today!