Toxic Cleaning Products
If you clean your own house, one of your options is to replace any of the toxic cleaning products you have with newer eco-friendly options that are flooding the markets today.
Cleaning products include dish soaps, laundry detergents, bathroom cleaners and similar household cleaning products. Most conventional cleaning products rely on harsh, and usually toxic, petroleum-based chemicals.
These products are poisonous to humans and can cause damage to your body and health. Young children are at much greater risk of being poisoned by these products.
In 1985, the Consumer Product Safety Commission attributed more than 50000 injuries to home cleaning agents.
The indoor pollution is far worse than the outdoor pollution because of toxic chemicals present in many of household cleaners.
I suggest you to read labels carefully; don't buy anything marked "Poison" or"Danger," and avoid chlorine- or ammonia-based products.
Tere are good nontoxic products that work just as well as their toxic counterparts for all your cleaning needs.
Natural cleaning products rely primarily on plant-based ingredients to do their job.
Unfortunately, most commercial green cleaners are expensive, and they often come with dubious environmental claims.
I suggest you to try some natural cleaning agents made from ingredients you already have in your home.
Lemon, vinegar, and baking soda can offer inexpensive, gentle solutions to cleaning your home.
Some Tips to replace the toxic cleaning products from your house:
Some example of simple natural cleaning recipe that can help you eliminate the toxic cleaning products in your house:
No-Scrub toilet bowl cleaner: use this one in toilet bowls that have an everlasting ring around them. You can employ this recipe just before going to bed; 1 cup borax, 1 cup vinegar, 10 drops pine or lavender, essential oil, 5 drops lemon or lime essential oil.
Combine all ingredients in a plastic bowl or bottle and pour all at once into the toilet bowl. Allow to sit overnight. In the morning, just flush!
Metal polish: 3 teaspoons salt, 1 tablespoon flour, and enough white distilled vinegar to make a paste. Scoop the paste onto a clean sponge, and polish the metal clean. Rinse with hot water and buff dry.
I suggest you to start with one product that is cheap and easy to make, and works on something you want to clean right now. Instant gratification is a great way to get into the habit!
You can also buy one small bottle of essential oil that smells good and disinfects to cut down costs. Personally, I like tea tree oil, but you can also choose lavender. If you find out that green cleaning is for you, then you can branch out into other essential oils more suited for other tasks.
You can found very practical instructions for making your blends of home mixtures in the following book:
This book Provides simple recipes for non-toxic cleaners made from inexpensive, common ingredients, and offers tips on how to clean a home safely without toxic cleaning products.
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