Hello! This is Andrea, from Homemade for Elle and I am excited to write a guest post on Natural Living Mamma!
I have been on a quest over the past two years to remove toxic cleaners and products from my home. Toxins and chemicals in household cleaners can be extremely dangerous. Ingestion of some cleaners can be fatal, which makes it a huge hazard to small children and pets. Even when not ingested, simple exposure to these cleaners can have serious and negative effects on your health.
Bleach can irritate the skin, eyes and respiratory tract. When bleach is used in combination of toilet bowl cleaners or ammonia, it can create lethal fumes. Perchlorethylene (common in carpet shampoos) is a known carcinogen and can damage the nervous system, kidneys, and liver. Ammonia can damage your eyes, respiratory tract and skin. Dishwashing detergent is clearly labeled “harmful if swallowed” due to it’s highly concentrated chlorine content, but that same detergent leaves residue on the dishes that we eat food off of.
Floor cleaners contain nonylphenol ethoxylate, which is toxic to the environment and can disrupt the hormonal system. In some floor cleaners, there are chemicals that the UN says can cause damage to unborn fetuses. Our feet have fairly large pores, which makes them a very absorbent. If there is a layer of toxic chemicals on your floor, and you’re walking around barefoot, your body will absorb those chemicals.
Household cleaners are bad news, but the good news is that we don’t need them! It is insanely easy and inexpensive to make your own! You can find recipes to more homemade cleaners on my website. Probably the easiest homemade cleaner to make is floor cleaner.
What you need:
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 2 gallons hot water
- 10 drops essential oils
How to do it:
- Fill up your kitchen sink with hot water until about half way full (roughly 2 gallons). Add vinegar, essential oils and borax (optional).
- Mop as normal
Why it works:
- Vinegar has a high acidity level, which makes it an effective mold, bacteria, and germ killer.
- Lemon essential oil is one of my go-to cleaning oils for its antibacterial properties and its uplifting scent. It masks the smell of vinegar very well, so I usually add 5 drops to my vinegar/water solution.
- Melaleuca essential oil (tea tree oil) is a great cleaning oil because it has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. I usually add 5 drops of it, along with lemon to ensure a clean, disinfected floor.
- Other good essential oils to use are Wild Orange, Frankincense, and Grapefruit.
What is your favorite natural cleaning recipe?
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Hi, this is Andrea from Homemade for Elle. I am thrilled to be a contributor to Natural Living Mamma!
I live in New Mexico with my husband and my two-year-old daughter. After my daughter was born, I jumped on the “green and crunchy” bandwagon, and have been striving to eliminate toxic products from our lives. I make my own household cleaners and beauty products. I create wholesome, delicious meals from real food ingredients, and keep processed junk out of my home.
I have a background in finance, and strive to live a debt free life (although I have a ways to go). I enjoy reading, writing and living in ways that are environmentally friendly and frugal. I love taking pictures of nature, food and my daughter. I garden, I read labels, and I play the piano.
I believe by living simply and naturally, we become happy and healthy. If you’re into that kind of thing (and I assume you are, because you’re here, right?), please follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
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