Create Your Own Green Cleaning Products At Home
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We will in a world now where cleaning products are a must, the subject matter has been blown out of proportion, yes, everyone likes a clean home, but is using the general domestic cleaning products any good for your health and do they even kill the 99.9% bacteria it claims to kill?
Personally I think domestic cleaners do a lot more harm to the health than actually killing the bad bacteria in homes. Yes, it may clean your home, but what else is it doing? Let’s take a look at what is hidden within general household cleaning products.
Phthalates is found in household fragrances like air fresheners, washing up liquid and even toilet paper! Due to proprietary laws, companies do not have to disclose that this chemical is in their products or scents, so you will not find this anywhere on the label, though if you see the word “Fragrance” 9 times out of 10 it contains Phthalates.
Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors, men that have higher than average phthalates in their blood are also known to have a lower sperm count according to a study undertaken by researchers at the Harvard school of Public Health, though this mainly occurs by inhalation, phthalates are also transferred by skin contact and touch.
- Ammonium Compounds
Ammonium compounds are dangerous chemicals which are linked to skin irritation, respiratory problems. Ammonium has also been linked to healthy people who are (exposed to quats) on a regular basis also develop Asthma.
For more information on Ammonium Compounds, Click here.
Those are just two of the main compounds found in our everyday household cleaners, though it may be killing bacterias within the home you may also be harming yourself in the process. Let’s take a look at some alternatives and create some of our own “Green” products that do the exact same job as domestic store bought products.
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- A Simple Window Cleaner
Good for windows and mirrors
- 2 Cups of water
- 1 Cup cider or vinegar
- ¼ Cup of rubbing alcohol
- 2 Drops of orange essential oil for fragrance
Tip: Combine all of the ingredients into a spray bottle which you can pickup from any hardware store, make sure you do not use emptied bottles from domestic product. Also, make sure you only clean windows when it is not sunny as the solution will leave streaky marks!
- Grease Cleaner
Great for ovens and other greasy utensils
- 1/2 cup sudsy ammonia mixed with enough water to fill a one-gallon container. (Sudsy ammonia helps remove tough grime.)
Tip: Dip a sponge into the bucket and wipe over the greased area, wipe clean with another sponge with warm water. You can also use this for floors to mop up kitchen greece.
- All Purpose Cleaner
Fantastic for kitchen worktops
- 4 Tablespoons of baking soda
- A quarter of warm water
Tip: If using a spray bottle, spray onto the kitchen worktops and wipe clean with warm water. If you do not have a spray bottle just pour solution onto sponge and wipe clean with warm water.
- Remove White Rings From Wood
Perfect for removing white rings from wood and coffee tables
- One part white non-gel toothpaste to one part baking soda
Tip: Take a damp cloth with water, add in the toothpaste mixture and rub the mixture along the grain with the cloth (Do not go against the grain). Leave for 4-5 minutes then take a dry cloth and wipe away, polish as you normally would.
There is absolutely tonnes of recipes out there and old style cleaning, it just takes a bit of searching. One search in Google for “Homemade cleaners” brings up thousands of results for Eco Friendly dry cleaning alternatives, household product alternatives and many more old style cookbook recipes for a wide range of alternative cleaning solutions.
Remember, do not risk your health for the sake of a cleaner home, creating your own green products will do just the same job without the health risks!