TIPS FOR NON-TOXIC CLEANING
Use Natural household cleaners
The toxins in various household products are toxic to our livers and expose us to cancer-causing agents. Many household cleaners also contain hormone-disrupting chemicals. In particular, these chemicals are dangerous to our children and pets. Greening your housekeeping regimen will simplify dirty jobs and help preserve the planet.
You can also buy eco-friendly products that are biodegradable and non-toxic.
Multi-Purpose Surface cleaner:
- 2 tsp washing soda
- 2 tsp borax
- ½ tsp natural liquid soap
- 1 cup hot water
Mix the above in a spray bottle, shake well and get cleaning. Wipe surfaces thoroughly to avoid residue, solution can be kept for future use.
Floor cleaner: washing soda and a bit of borax in water. Use white vinegar in your rinse for a natural shine.
Furniture polish: dampen a cloth and place a few drops of olive oil on the cloth (can also add a few drops of orange oil).
Kitchen/Bathroom cleanser: use ¼ cup borax with ¼ cup washing soda and minimum water to clean in the kitchen and bathroom. Use dry washing soda to scour.
Laundry detergent: use ½ cup of borax per load or ½ cup baking soda and combine with washing soda for extra cleaning powder. For stubborn stains, try rubbing with bar soap first and/or rub with alcohol, vinegar or baking soda.
Oven cleaner: scrub with baking soda on its own or mix 1 cup of pure soap, ½ cup lemon juice with 1 gallon of water and scrub. Rinse with water.
Toilet bowl cleaner: pour 1 cup borax powder into toilet and let sit overnight. Scrub with a brush and flush. For faster action, add ¼ cup lemon juice or vinegar to the borax. Wait a few hours before scrubbing. Alternatively, open 2 vitamin C capsules and drop them into the bowl, letting the sit overnight. Scrub and flush.
Window cleaner: mix 2 tablespoons vinegar in 1L of water in a spray bottle. Clean your windows using newspapers.
SIMPLE INGREDIENTS YOU CAN GIVE THE DIRTIEST JOBS…
- Baking Soda: deodorizer, non-abrasive scouring powder for sinks, add ¼ cup to laundry to deodorizer
- Borax: deodorizer, non-abrasive scouring powder, all-purpose cleaner, rust-stain remover
- Citrus fruit: grease cutter, deodorizer, flea repellent
- Grapefruit seed extract: anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral agent, deodorizer (effective when diluted up to 200x to a few drops will do)
- Hydrogen Peroxide: bleaching agent, anti-bacterial agent
- Olive Oil: furniture polish (can add a few drops of orange oil for fragrance)
- Tea Tree Oil: anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral agent, deodorizer (effective when diluted up to 200x to a few drops will do)
- Washing Soda: grease and grime cutter, wax remover
- White Vinegar: hard-mineral scale remover, degreaser, wood and glass cleaner
PLANTS THAT DETOXIFY INDOOR AIR
These plants actually filter harmful toxins out of the air:
- Aloe Vera
- Gerber daisy
- Boston Fern
- Peace lily
- Spider plant
- Rubber plant
- white vinegar
- grapefruit seed extract
- baking soda
- olive oil
- tea tree oil
- washing soda
- orange oil
- hydrogen peroxide
Happy, healthy cleaning!
Yours in health,
Dr. Aisling Lanigan ND
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