Cleaning is an essential part of our daily lives. Often times, we are not aware of the toxic chemicals that are in our cleaning supplies. Humor me if you will, take a moment to read the contents of your cleaning supplies and then read the warning labels More than likely, you will have an eye opening experience. The fact of the matter is that much of what you are using to clean your home is potentially more harmful than what you’re trying to clean. In the same manner that I have discussed the importance of proper food choices, I want to stress the importance of having as much of a toxin free home as possible. Listed below are some alternatives for your everyday cleaning needs:
- Combine 2 tsp. of white vinegar with 4 ½ cups of warm water. A helpful tip when cleaning glass is to use newspapers instead of cleaning clothes because it cuts down the streaks. You can use cleaning clothes or newspaper however; only use the black and white newspapers.
- Combine 1 cup of rubbing alcohol with 1 cup of water and 1 tbls. of vinegar. Place in a spray bottle to store.
All Purpose Cleaner
- Combine ½ cup vinegar and ¼ cup of baking soda into 9 cups of water. Store and keep.
- Whenever you have tougher stains simply pour baking soda over the spot and scrub away. If the stain is tougher than most simply make a paste using equal parts of baking soda and water, let it sit for 10 minutes and try again.
- Mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide with 2 parts water in a spray bottle and spray on areas with mold. Wait at least one hour before rinsing or using shower.
These are just a few cleaners to begin with. One of the best things about making your own cleaners is its cost effectiveness and in their shelf life. With so many different combinations of natural ingredients, all of your cleaning and antibacterial needs can be met. This will make your home safer for yourself and your families.