Why would you want to make you own home green cleaners?
Because cleaning products make up the bulk of our indoor air pollution. Even when toxic cleaners are dry or have dried, they can still interact with your nervous system. The carpet deodorizers, window cleaners, tub and toilet scrubbers and disinfectants we use can aggravate or activate asthma, irritate skin, eyes, nose, throat and lungs.
Vapors and gases emitted from these products constantly release carcinogens into the air and may cause pulmonary edema, and inhibit reflexes. And it doesn’t matter if these products cause only temporary headaches or dizziness, or short-lived skin irritation: THEY CAN SERIOUSLY HURT YOU LONG TERM. Did you know that cancer is caused by irritation of an organ or a whole body system? Different cleaners irritate different organs and systems in the body.
Agh. We’ve made the connection. Enough said.
These are my two favorite recipes for green cleaners that I use regularly at home. They are the first two recipes that I learned how to make when I became a Conservation Corps Leader in Chicago. I have taught friends and classes how to make them.
½ teaspoon baking soda (or 2 teaspoon of 2o Mule Team Borax) ½ teaspoon liquid soap/cleaner + 2 cups hot water Mix ingredient to together in a spray bottle and you can clean floors, countertops, kitchens and bathrooms. You will have no headaches, nasal or throat inflammations and your home will begin to smell cleaner and fresher. Add two drops of Tea Tree Oil for extra disinfecting. I get my Tea Tree Oil online or at an Aveda salon/store. Tea Tree Oil is a natural disinfectant and there are other bacteria-busting essential oils that you can customize your cleaners with.
Basic Window Cleaner:
½ teaspoon liquid soap/cleaner + ¼ cup white distilled vinegar 2 cups of water Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle. I like this on stainless too. I had a roommate who did not like the smell of the white vinegar (although the smell wouldn’t hurt him like a pretty smelling VOC laden product) so I switched to apple vinegar.
Try making your own cleaner. Or try buying the environmentally-safe and health-conscious alternatives to your toxic unhealthy old products such as Mrs. Meyers Clean Day or Seventh Generation or Ecos
Care2.com has a Healthy & Green Living section with some more recipes for oven cleaners and carpet cleaners and more. I love Care2.com
A wonderful article about VOC’s and Asthma: NaturalHomeMagazine.com
Did you know that some of the very grass roots looking websites are funded and operated by big corporations that make new healthier and environmentally friendly products? Go to green-clean websites and keep clicking. When companies like Johnson & Johnson know that you are interested enough to want to make your own green products they will know that you will be abandoning their old products. Most makers of products that currently have VOCs and carcinogens are now making healthier and less environmentally toxic products.