With cancer and other chronic illnesses on the rise, we should be doing our best to reduce any exposure to harmful chemicals and toxins in our home. According to Underground Health Reporter, women have been shown to absorb as much as five pounds of toxins through their skin each year! Toxic cleaning products in your home drastically increases your risk of cancer, especially the risk of breast cancer for females. You may be shocked at some of the natural and healthier items you can use to clean your house and how easy it is to make the switch!
Club Soda: Club soda in a spray bottle works wonders on windows and mirrors. It’s also great at removing stains from fabric and carpet.
Vinegar: Vinegar used alone is safe and effective on counters, floors, and windows. It removes odors, stains, spills, and soap scum. One cup of vinegar to three cups of water is even strong enough to clean the grimy outsides of your windows.
Baking Soda: Baking soda added to your rinse cycle is an effective fabric softener. It absorbs odors in carpets, trash cans, and inside both your refrigerator and freezer. You can also use this to clean all surfaces of your bathroom.
Lavender & Tea Tree Oils: Lavender and tea tree oils are antiseptic and naturally antibacterial, in much lower doses, and leave behind a pleasant aroma. To make a spray cleaner using these two ingredients, just add them to a bottle with water, vinegar, and borax. The natural properties clean as effectively as the strong chemical cleaners.
Baking Soda & Apple Cider Vinegar: Baking soda mixed with apple cider vinegar does a better job, and is far less toxic, than other bathroom scrubbing powders. This is perfect for toilets and tubs.
Simmering Cloves & Cinnamon: Simmering cloves and cinnamon on the stove is an effective air freshener. You’ll love the sweet smell as it fills your entire house with the scent of fall.
Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide whitens just like bleach, but much more safely. This can be used to clean just about any item in your household.
While these household items could do the trick, we also have you covered with DIY cleaning products. Check out these “recipes” here!