Spring Cleaning the Non-Toxic Way

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Did you know that the typical American home contains about three to 10 gallons of toxic materials in the form of household cleaning products? Indeed, the very things you use to clean your house are actually among the primary sources of toxins and indoor air pollution you expose yourself to on a regular basis.
Even “green” alternatives can contain harmful ingredients. It’s unfortunate, but the terms “green” and “natural” are really nothing more than marketing terms, and they do not automatically equate to safety.

 

When the chemicals in common household products such as cleaning sprays and laundry detergents hit your skin and lungs, they go directly into your bloodstream, bypassing your liver and kidneys, which are your body’s natural defense system against toxins. Just one application of a typical household cleaner can leave dangerous chemicals lingering in your indoor air for hours on end.
Common household items such as vinegar and baking soda can usually cut through dirt and sanitize just as well as their toxic counterparts. In some instances, you may need to use a bit more elbow-grease, but all things considered, it is well worth it. Other times, you may be shocked to discover that such simple ingredients will do an even better job.
Here’s a simple starter list, which will allow you to make a wide variety of your own all-natural, non-toxic cleaning products, either individually or in various combinations.
  • Baking Soda
  • White Vinegar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Olive Oil
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Liquid castile soap
  • Organic essential oils
  • Coconut Oil
  • Vodka
  • Borax
  • Spray Bottles
  • Microfiber cloths
Check out this article for 27 great DIY household cleaners using these ingredients!

 

Article adapted from Mercola.com.

 

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