Commercial cleaning products are some of the most toxic products we can find in our homes. Some of us can tell by the way our bodies responds to it, through a skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, chemical burns, and sudden headaches. But unfortunately, not everyone has an immediate reaction.
Some people may never know how bad it is being exposed to these chemicals until they develop chronic, or long term, side effects later in life. You can only imagine how bad it would be to ingest any of the regular store bought cleaning products, as it happens so many times, specially with children. And even though you might think you’re safe because you don’t plan on drinking Clorox any time soon, in reality you’re not. All of these chemicals produce toxic fumes and carcinogens that are so easily inhaled and absorbed through the skin. The promise of no elbow grease is an expensive one after all.
Sanitizing and deodorizing doesn’t have to come along with neurotoxins, hormone disruptors, and carcinogens. In fact, I personally like this recipe more than any other cleaner. Specially, if used with a microfiber cloth. It’s super easy and fast to make it. Try it and you won’t go back!
- 1 tablespoon borax
- 1 ½ cup hot boiled water
- 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
- 1 lemon, juiced
- ½ cup distilled white vinegar
- 10 drops essential oils of your choice
- spray bottle
- microfiber cloth
- Boil water.
- Add borax and water to a mixing bowl and whisk until borax is completely dissolved.
- Add hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice, vinegar and stir.
- Once it cools, add essential oils and pour mixture into a spray bottle.
- Wait for the mixture to cool down before pouring it into the spray bottle. The first time I did this, I made the mistake of pouring it while it was still hot and ended up with a deformed spray bottle.
- For the essential oils, I used a mixture of Lemongrass and Eucalyptus. But you can try any scent, like lavender, peppermint, lime basil, etc.
If you don’t have all ingredients on hand or you still need to order some. You can visit my Etsy Shop and buy the All Purpose Cleaner. It comes with the recipe on a laminated label, so you don’t have to look for it whenever is time to make a new batch. You will also get a microfiber cloth which will definitively improve your cleaning and save you on paper towels. Both bottle and cloth can be washed and reused many times.
How toxic are your household cleaning products? – organic consumers.org
List of most harmful cleaning products for your home – huffingtonpost.com
8 hidden toxins: what’s lurking in your cleaning products? – experiencelife.com
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