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Make Your Own Cleaning Products

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollution levels can potentially be 100 times greater than outdoor air. One contributing factor to this health hazard could be our choice of household cleaning products. How many synthetic and toxic chemicals do you have in your home that were designed to make it cleaner, more hygienic, and therefore a healthier place to live? Americans generate 1.6 million tons of household hazardous waste per year, which pollutes our watersheds and soil and poses serious threats to human health. Much of this can be attributed to our choice of cleaning products.

There are alternatives to store-bought and chemically based household cleaners. By making your own you can save the money you would normally spend on buying them. You can reduce the amount of chemicals that your household may be unknowingly contributing to ecosystem pollution. You can have a truly healthy home without hidden air and surface toxins that are potentially carcinogenic to all members of your family, including your pets. I know one woman who scrubs her bath tub using the recipe below with the "help" of her two toddlers. You certainly couldn't do that while using bleach or any other harsh chemicals.

These cleaners are simple to make with common ingredients you may have in your home. You can choose your own favorite scented essential oil to add and personalize how your house smells instead of being stuck with the way store-bought cleaners smell. Lavender, orange, pine, eucalyptus, and rose are nice scents to try (its best to choose just one scent).

Here are the recipes:

All-Purpose Cleaner

  • 1 Tb white vinegar
  • 1 Tb lemon juice
  • 1 Tb liquid dish soap- the environmentally-friendly, unscented kind (usually available at Costco)
  • 1 Tb Borax
  • 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil (available at health food stores)

Combine all the ingredients and add to a standard size spray bottle and fill with warm water.

Tub and Sink Scrub

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil

Combine all the ingredients and store in an airtight container.

Window & Glass Cleaner

  • 1/2 cup vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 gallon warm water
  • 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil