You may ask yourself, why I should go to the effort to clean my home with environmentally friendly products?
I hope I can share with you some information that will help to show you that using homemade eco-friendly products is not only better for the environment but safer for your family including pets.
Cheaper than your usual cleaning products.
Very effective, the products you can clean with, really work and of course they don’t harm our environment.
The sad fact is many household cleaners contain horrible toxic chemicals. These chemicals may cause health problems.
Children are often more vulnerable to chemical exposure during developmental stages, and certain chemicals may interfere with the development of their neurological, endocrine, and immune systems. They breathe them in touch them and sometimes accidently ingest them too.
Younger children absorb more air contaminants per unit of weight, meaning they experience a higher inhaled dose of whatever is in their environment
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside a typical home is 200–500 percent more polluted than the air outside mainly due to toxic household cleaning products.
So, if you are ready to rid your home of toxic chemicals as I was. Here are some basics you’ll need.
Absorbs and eliminates odour. Use to clean countertops, sinks, and tubs. Sprinkle some baking soda on your carpet and vacuum after 15 minutes for a fresher look and feel.
Contains natural antifungal and antibacterial properties. Cuts grease and dissolves mineral deposits.
Is another antifungal and antibacterial liquid and doesn’t have the same smell as vinegar. Cuts grease and dissolves mineral deposits. Great for windows and bathrooms.
Lifts dirt, cuts grease, and eliminates tough stains. Pour a small amount over baking sheets and pans then scrub for a few minutes, and you’ll have clean, shiny results.
Salt is an effective scouring agent. Pour salt mixed with hot water down the kitchen sink regularly to deodorize and keep grease from building up. Mix salt with Lemon essential oil and use to remove stubborn coffee and tea cup stains.
COCONUT OIL or OLIVE OIL
Great natural cleaner and polisher. Rub it into leather or polish wood surfaces.
Just a few recepies to get you started.
PINE FLOOR CLEANER
1 gallon warm water
2 tablespoon liquid castile
5 drops Douglas Fir essential oil
5 drops White Fir essential oil
5 drops Cypress essential oil
10 drops Lemon essential oil
Add soap and essential oils to bucket of warm water.
Use mop or rag to clean floors.
Pour into a spray bottle for cleaning countertops.
Note: This solution does not need to be rinsed off.
ALL-PURPOSE CLEANING SPRAY
In a spray bottle, combine water and vinegar.
Add essential oil(s) of choice. Shake well.
Use on counters, wood, glass, stainless steel, and porcelain.
Wipe with a microfiber cloth or paper towel.
"LIME" SCALE REMOVER
And water and essential oils to baking soda.
Mix into a paste.
Rub a small amount onto surface.
Let sit for 20 minutes.
Wipe off with wet cloth.
If you are interested in finding out more I can provide a small class for you and some friends in your home. As well as
finding out more you and your guests will make and take home a glass cleaner, an oven cleaner, an air freshener and a multi-surface cleaner. Or check out my Facebook page Amanda Joy Essentials and website www.amandajoy.co.uk for information on future classes you can attend. Happy green cleaning.
1. Household Cleaning Products: What Every Woman Should Know. womensvoices.org/safe-cleaning-products/basic/
2. ATSDR Case Studies in Environmental Medicine Principles of Pediatric Environmental Health. The Child as Susceptible Host: A Developmental Approach to Pediatric Environmental Medicine. atsdr.cdc.gov/csem/ped_env_health/docs/ped_env_health.pdf