We love to fill our bodies with organic, home-grown vegetables and fruits, but what about the air we breathe? According to David Suzuki, Canadians spend more than $275 million on household cleaning products in a year. Not only that, but studies show that 133 unique volatile organic compounds are emitted from a small sample of consumer products including household cleaning products.
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To combat the health problems involved with using these store-bought cleaning products and to save you some money, we’ve gathered a list of recipes you can use for many purposes.
This is pretty much all you’ll need:
Castile Soap (Dr. Bronner’s works like magic!)
A variety of Essential Oils
Dr Bronner's Pure-Castile Liquid Soaps
Stock up on these products and you’ll be set to make the following-
Combine water and baking soda into a paste and apply to the bottom and sides of your oven. After a few hours, wipe off the paste to leave behind a clean, shiny oven surface!
Grab a spray bottle of vinegar and a stack of newspapers to rub off any streaks or dirt marks on your windows. Alternatively, steep some black tea to use as a window cleaner, which will break down grease and dirt.
Hardwood Floor Cleaner:
Clean floors with black tea, which, like with windows, will release dirt and provide a shiny finish.
Toss some baking soda and vinegar down your drain to create a fizzy explosion that can unclog your drain. After waiting 20 minutes, follow up with pouring boiling water down the drain.
To release all of the dirt in your showerhead, tie a plastic bag filled with vinegar around the base and let it sit for up to 12 hours. Remove vinegar bag and turn on faucet, releasing water and cleaning out the vinegar.
Carpet Stain Remover:
Use hydrogen peroxide to remove tough carpet stains, including spaghetti sauce and red wine.
This recipe from Wellness Mama has been acclaimed to work magic in the home. Try it out for yourself!
Shower and Tub Cleaner:
To remove soap scum, cut a lemon and rub the surfaces with the lemon. The acids will release the dirt and buildup produced from soap.
Wellness Mama hits again! Check out her recipe for a homemade laundry detergent, made from borax, washing soda, and bar soap.
Sterling Silver Jewelry Cleaner:
Line a bowl with aluminum foil, place your jewelry inside, and cover with baking soda. Pour in boiling water and watch as the built-up dirt just comes right off!
Have any tips of your own that you love? Let us know in the comments below!