Monday, May 16, 2011

Make Your Own Home Cleaners

I know this picture is beyond disturbing. When I taught the natural cleaner class, I made a joke about my experience with oven cleaner feeling like I spent the night at Chernobyl. Ultimately this is not a joke, it's reality. I can not stress the importance in taking a stand for your family. Sitting on your rump, eating bon bons, and waiting for corporations to get green will get you nowhere.

Consumerism has created an obsession with the all mighty dollar, and in return, we have completely bypassed the health and well-being for the people of our world.

90% of our exposure to chemicals happens in the home. These toxins do not leave your body ( I don't care how many detox programs you undergo). Toxins make a lovely home in your cells and just keep building up over time.

All purpose cleaners often contain ammonia, a strong irritant that has been linked to liver and kidney damage. I can not tell you how irritating it was to research natural home cleaners and see ammonia in their recipes! Ugh! Common household cleaners can cause chemical burns and emit toxic fumes that harm the respiratory system. Chemicals commonly found in homes are linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological abnormalities. Cancer is the #1 cause of death in children and #2 in adults. Learning disabilities are on a rampage right now....we need to blame something right??

Here is a list of the Top 12 Hazardous Household Chemicals:

Air Fresheners - Don't let the commercials fool you. Most air fresheners interfere with your ability to smell by disabling your nasal passages with an oil film or a nerve-deadening agent. Common chemicals in air fresheners include formaldehyde (a highly toxic known carcinogen) and phenol (which can cause hives, convulsions, circulatory collapse, coma, and even death).

Ammonia is a volatile chemical that can damage your eyes, respiratory tract, and skin.

Bleach is a strong corrosive that can damage the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract. NEVER mix bleach with ammonia, as the fumes can be deadly.

Carpet and Upholstery Shampoos generally contain highly toxic substances like perchlorethylene (a known carcinogen that damages the liver, kidneys, and nervous system) and ammonium hydroxide (a corrosive that irritates eyes, skin, and respiratory passages).

Dishwasher Detergents - Most of them contain highly concentrated chlorine, which is the #1 cause of child poisonings.

Drain Cleaners commonly include lye (which can burn skin and eyes, and the esophagus and stomach if ingested), hydrochloric acid (a corrosive eye and skin irritant that damages kidneys, liver, and digestive tract), or tricholoroethane (eye and skin irritant and nervous system depressant).

Furniture Polish is highly flammable and can cause skin and lung cancer. It often contains phenol as well as nitrobenzene, which is an extremely toxic chemical that's easily absorbed through the skin.

Mold and Mildew Cleaners often contain sodium hypochlorite (a corrosive which can lead to fluid in the lungs) and formaldehyde (a highly toxic, known carcinogen). To clean mold and mildew safely - and to prevent it from coming back - use M-1 House Wash and M-1 Sure Cote Sealant.

Oven Cleaner contains lye (sodium hydroxide). Lye is often used to dissolve roadkill dumped in landfills; that can't be healthy.

Antibacterial Cleaners often contain triclosan, which is absorbed through the skin and linked to liver damage. Antibacterial soaps may also contribute to the development of drug-resistant bacteria.

Laundry Room Products may contain sodium or calcium hypocrite (a highly corrosive agent that can irritate the skin and eyes), hypochlorite bleach (a corrosive that can burn the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract). If exposed to other chemicals, hypochlorite bleach may form chlorine fumes that could be fatal.

Toilet Bowl Cleaners may contain hydrochloric acid or hypochlorite bleach.

Here is a list of recipes for making your own cleaners:

All Purpose Cleaner:
1/2 Cup Vinegar
2-3 Cups of water (depending on the size of your bottle)
1 tsp of biodegradable dish soap
10-15 drops of essential oil*

*Tea Tree Oil and Lavender are the most commonly used oils and both are antibacterial, I also like using an orange or lemon oil to boost the scent.

Oven Cleaner:
1 cup of baking soda

Sprinkle the baking soda on the bottom of the oven and spray with water or the all purpose cleaner. Let it sit overnight, then use a spatula to scrap up the nastiness. You may need to go back over the area with all purpose cleaner, as it can leave a white residue.

Shower "bleach":
1 part hydrogen peroxide
1 part water

Spray down your shower and leave overnight or for an hour or two

All Purpose Floor Cleaner (hard woods too!)*
1 part vinegar
1 part water
5 -10 drops of your favorite essential oil for a nice scent and extra bacteria killer

Mix cream of tarter and water until it forms a paste and take it to town on that rust

1 cup of vinegar
1/2 a cup of baking soda

Pour the vinegar around the rim of the toilet and let sit for 15 minutes
Sprinkle toilet with baking soda and scrub

Window, mirror and stainless steal cleaner:
Club Soda

I came across countless recipes for windows, then read that club soda was all you need. I thought it was a joke, seriously it is not! This stuff works! Again, if you want the antibacterial properties or scent, use essential oils.

*If you have marble surfaces or floors, do not use vinegar! Although seriously what is this 1975??

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