Making your own cleaners can cut down on packaging waste and also reduce the run off of chemicals that can contribute to air and water pollution. These super easy recipes will have you never again buying store-bought, toxic cleaners as they will save you money, do just as good of a job, and won’t harm your health.

About Toxic Household Cleaners:

-According to the Consumer Protection Agency [CPA], 150 chemicals found in the home are connected to allergies, birth defects, cancer, and psychological disorders. -Out of 2,435 pesticide poisonings in a one-year period, over 40% were due to exposure to disinfectants and similar cleaning products in the home. [Source: State of California Study] -As more toxic chemicals have been introduced to our everyday environment in greater amounts over the last 20 to 30 years, the level of toxins stored in dipose tissues (fat cells) of our bodies have risen. Bioaccumulation studies have shown that some toxins store in our bodies for life. Greater and greater amounts are being stored at younger ages. One study showed that in the fat of 100% of the people tested was 1,4-Dichlorobenzene, a chemical found in most household deodorizers and room fresheners. Some products release contaminants into the air right away, others do so gradually over a period of time. Some stay in the air up to a year. These contaminants, found in many household and personal care products can cause dizziness, nausea, allergic reactions, eye/skin/respiratory tract irritations and some cause cancer. [American Lung Association] -The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found the levels of air pollution inside the home can be two to five times higher (and sometimes even 100 times higher) than outdoor levels.

Ready for the good news? The majority of the most powerful cleaning products are most likely already in your home!

All-Purpose Cleaner

You will need: 1/2 cup vinegar 1/4 cup baking soda 1/2 gallon water Mix vinegar and baking soda into 1/2 gallon of water. Use for removal of water deposit stains on shower curtains, windows, bathroom mirrors, bathroom chrome fixtures, tables, counters, etc.

Bathroom Cleaner

You will need: 2 cups warm water (distilled)  1 Tbsp baking soda 2 Tbsp castile soap (we love Dr. Bronner’s) 30 drops tea tree essential oil 20 drops sweet orange essential oil 16 oz glass spray bottle Pour the warm water and baking soda into the bottle. Shake the bottle to combine the ingredients then add the castile soap and essential oils, shaking the bottle to combine. Use to to clean anything and everything in the bathroom, including tubs, floors, sinks, toilets, etc.

Air Freshener

Simmer water with cinnamon sticks on the stove. Use dried herbs and flowers as a natural potpourri around the home. Houseplants help reduce odors in the home and some are even capable of removing toxins. Place baking soda + lemon juice in small bowls around the home to absorb odors.

Bathroom Mold Deterrent

You’ve seen it. The grayish black gunk found in tile grout. To get rid of this (it can be a health concern), mix one part hydrogen peroxide (3%) with two parts water in a spray bottle and spray on areas with mold/mildew. Wait at least 30 minutes before rinsing or using the shower.

Chopping Block Cleaner

Lemon! Simply rub a sliced lemon over your chopping block/cutting board to disinfect. To get a deep cleaning, squeeze a lemon liberally onto the block and set it soak for 5 to 15 minutes, then wipe clean.

Carpet Freshener

Mix 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oils with 1 cup of baking soda. Sprinkle liberally on carpet, allowing to sit for a couple of hours before vacuuming. A good idea is to do this before you leave the house, and then come back and vacuum it up.

Natural Fiber Cloths

Natural fiber cloths are made to trap and penetrate dirt. For a lighter, quick clean (like right before your guests arrive), use these to lift off dirt and dust.

Its important to note that the water-based cleaning products are prone to growing mildew or mold. In order to prevent this, make in smaller batches and use frequently! If you’re not feeling super motivated, or want to make a fun night out of it, invite your friends for a DIY cleaning supply party….and definitely bring the Boochcraft. Happy & healthy cleaning!
 
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