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There are a lot of great reasons why should make your own household cleaners. The chemicals found in most of these cleaners: floors, toilets, oven, windows, and more contain chemicals that may throw your hormones out of whack. These endocrine disruptors can interfere with the production, release, transport, metabolism, or elimination of the body’s natural hormones. They can mimic naturally occurring hormones, potentially causing overproduction or underproduction of hormones. If these harmful side effects aren’t enough to deter you from using traditional household cleaners here are few more; they can encompass everything from breathing in toxic fumes, skin, lung & eye irritations to even painful chemical burns.
On the lighter side one, my other favorites reasons for using non-toxic cleaners allows me to get our kids involved and with three dogs, two cats and a messy crew like mine I need all the help I can get.
Hazards in your Home:
After years of concocting cleaners, I have finally come up with a core of cost consciences & safe household cleaners.
Here are a few items you should have on hand before you start to create your household cleaners.
Cleaning Vinegar (Lemon Scent)
Church & Dwight Co 03020 Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz. (found in the laundry soap aisle)
20 Mule Team Borax Natural Laundry Booster, 65 oz (also in the laundry soap section)
1 Gallon Organic Liquid Castile (Soap Base) (super cost effective makes great handsoap too)
Everyday Oils Essential Oil Collection
(this pack here has several wonderful oils so get creative)
Amber Spray Bottles 16oz with Reusable Chalk Labels (2 Pack), Heavy Duty Mist and Stream Sprayer (when using essential oils you will need a colored spray bottle)
An Old Liquid Detergent Bottle 50oz
Now, if time does not permit you to make your own then I highly recommend Thieves Household Cleaner.
2 teaspoons Borax
1/4 cup Vinegar
5 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
Fill 16 Oz spray bottle with warm water
Liquid Laundry Soap
1 quart of hot water
1 cup liquid Castile Soap
2 cups Washing Soda
1/2 cup Baking Soda
2 cups Borax
Pour Castile soap in empty detergent bottle
Using a funnel, add Borax, Baking Soda & Washing Soda
Add warm water to mixture
Swirl around to ensure dry ingredients dissolved
Fill detergent bottle with warm water
Soft-Scrub of Sorts
There is not much measuring to do here. Just place a small amount of baking soda in a bowl, adding liquid Castile soap until it forms a smooth paste. You can add a few drops of your preferred essential oil too. Great for tubs, sinks, sneakers, etc.
16 oz spray bottle
1 cup vinegar
fill a spray bottle with warm water
Shake before use
Disinfecting Floor Cleaner
1/2 cup boraz
1 gallon of hot water
Mix all ingredients in a heavy-duty mop bucket. Great for tile floors in bathrooms and kitchens
Wood Floor Cleaner
1 gallon of warm water
1 tablespoon of Castille soap
1/4 cup vinegar
10 drops Lemon essential oil
8 drops Orange essential oil
I hope these all natural budget-friendly recipes encourage you to start making your own household cleaners!
If you’re wanting to learn more about the hidden dangers of household cleaners read:
****The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has found that one-third of the substances used in the fragrance industry is toxic. But because the chemical formulas of fragrances are considered trade secrets, companies aren’t required to list their ingredients but merely label them as containing “fragrance.”
Are you ready to go shopping? Here are a few more of my favorites!