Natural Cleaning Solutions to Harsh Chemicals

Your environment may be poisoning you and making you sick.

Did You Know…

  • Standard cleaning products contain known neurotoxins that harm the central nervous system
  • Within seconds of exposure (inhalation, absorption through the skin, etc.) traces of those chemicals can be found in every organ of your body
  • Your skin is your largest organ. 60% of what you touch gets absorbed into your bloodstream and carried throughout your body. This includes your laundry, cleaning products, and beauty care items.
  • “All-Natural” doesn’t necessarily mean “chemical free”. Many natural products contain synthetic chemical fragrances and dyes.
  • Increase toxics levels of neurotoxins, antibiotics, pesticides, hormones are showing up in the soil used to grow our food and the water we drink.
  • In addition, all these sprays, liquids, soaps, etc. end up somewhere – back to our earth!

Here are some suggestions for creating a cleaner, greener home:

White Vinegar
Mix 1 part vinegar with 1 part water. A drop of essential oil may be used for some scent. Tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender, and orange are common choices.

  • Safe, incredibly cheap alternative to clean bathroom, tub, toilet, sinks, countertops, hard floor surfaces, and to disinfect most other surfaces and appliances.
  • Diluted vinegar is safe on most surfaces (never use on marble or other highly porous surfaces.
  • A stronger solution of vinegar may be used for streak free windows, polishing chrome, rings in your toilet or bath.

Baking Soda
Deodorizer, Scouring agent

  • Highly absorbent for unwanted odors and bacteria. Should be replaced frequently. For example, many already use baking soda in the refrigerator; this should be replaced every 3 months.
  • Naturally abrasive on soap scum, bathroom grime, grease, and can be used as bleach alternative.

Lemons
Natural antibacterial and antiseptic

  • Clean & disinfect fixtures, copper pots
  • ½ lemon dipped in salt = effective, beautifully scented scrubber for non-porous surfaces
  • Lemon juice can deodorize drains while lemon rinds freshen the garbage disposal
  • Lemon peel repels most bugs and pests from house plants, flowers, and gardens

Want some prepared, store-bought suggestions?

  • Method
  • Just Naturals & Co.
  • Seventh Generation
  • Nature’s Place (Hannaford’s natural line)
  • Meyer’s

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