Tuesday, July 10, 2012

making your own cleaners

Why make your own cleaners?

The first reason to consider making your own cleaning products is health. Unfortunately, many household cleaners today can do more harm than good. Some conventional household cleaning products can lead to ingesting dangerous chemicals through your skin, mucous membranes, and respiratory system. While many commercial cleaners contain dangerous ingredients, some of the most toxic include:

  • Bleach, which can damage your respiratory system.
  • Air fresheners, which may contain formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, aerosol propellants, and dicholorobenzene.
  • Ammonia, which can cause skin burns and respiratory irritation. It can even create a poison gas when combined with bleach.
  • Drain cleaners are caustic and can burn skin and harm mucous membranes. They also have a harsh chemical scent that can damage the respiratory tract.
  • Laundry detergents contain dyes and other chemical agents that you can inhale or absorb through your skin.
  • Dishwashing soap contains chemicals and fragrances. Dishwashter detergents may contain bleach and other chemicals that can end up in trace amounts on your utensils and cookingware, and therefore then get into your food.

The second reason to consider is simplicity. Rather than filling your cabinet with a cleaner for every surface you can carry 7 everyday ingredients that combine to make any cleaner you need. These are the products you need to stock to make almost any cleaner:
  • Baking Soda
  • White Vinegar
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Borax
  • Essential oils, like tea tree oil, lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, or lemongrass oil
  • Super Washing Soda
  • Castile soap (like Dr. Bronner's)

The final reason to make your own cleaning products is cost! It is significantly less expensive than buying organic cleaners.

source: Kimberly Snyder

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