In addition to what you put in your body, what you use in your home can really be toxic. So today I am sharing some great natural homemade cleaners to detoxify your home.
And last month I wrote "Is Your Shampoo Making You Sick?" about toxins in hair products.
I'm sure that gave you something to think about regarding what you are putting on your body.
Today, I'm sharing some ways you can clean up your home for better health.
When you use toxic chemicals and fragrances to clean your home, you and your family could very well end up breathing toxic fumes that not only could end up making you sick, but contribute to polluting the environment as well.
Some possible bad effects from chemicals that are likely lurking in your home cleaning products:
- eczema and other rashes - irritants in cleaners can cause skin irritation
- airway irritation - fumes can make allergies or asthma worse
- eye irritation
- poisoning - using non-toxic cleaners can seriously reduce the risk of poisoning
I've never used many chemical-laden cleaners in our home, but there are a few that have been hard to let go of.
But I've really been working to make more DIY versions of things I need around the house.
Here are some products I've made and some great non-toxic cleaners from some blogging friends of mine (and some from me).
Non-toxic Homemade Cleaners
I LOVE this cleaner. My son actually totes the spray bottle around the house asking what he can clean next :)!
Too bad I have a huge box of OxyClean from Costco. I won't be needing to make this for a loooog time.
Another one of those posts that I needed to write after making a big mistake.
What a great idea! I love how these are reusable.
I love this. I was working on a natural air freshener just this past month! Ditch the chemical sprays and try this instead.
My sons have been asking about how to clean our oven. Time to try this! I would LOVE my oven to look like this.
I always wonder if any produce wash really works. What do you think?
Pests are---well, pests. Learn why a plastic bag will help keep flies away. Really?
I like Laurie's solution for fruit flies. It's very similar to this fruit fly trap that worked great for getting rid of our fruit fly problem this past summer.
You'll see in this post that I had to apologize to my readers for leading them astray with my first recommendation. Sorry!
Yes, this is a "non DIY" post. I just couldn't find a laundry detergent that I liked--maybe you have one?
Got a mess on your carpet or walls? Hilary has some solutions for you.
I have a laundry stain remover that works pretty well, but I still have to dig up the recipe. For now, try this one.
I love not throwing things away. Here is a great way to use up citrus peels!
This cleaning paste works great for all kinds or surfaces.
Cleaning toilets is one of my least favorite activities. Hilary at least makes it a non-toxic job. I'm working on a heavy duty solution myself that I hope to share soon.
Carpet fresheners are one of those things that have super-toxic perfumes in them. Try this instead!
Got distracted and found yourself with a burned on mess? Andrea has the solution for you that just might have you cleaning all your pots to see how good they can look!
Where to Buy Ingredients for Homemade Cleaners
Most of the ingredients in these DIY recipes you can easily find in your local grocery store.
For essential oils, I highly recommend buying only pure quality essential oils. You can read my Best Essential Oils series to find out what company I chose and why.
I hope these suggestions help move you on the way to a less-toxic home and a healthier life. I know I plan to try many of these solutions and share how they work in my home.
Which of the Homemade Cleaners will you try first?