With aisles and aisles full of toxic cleaners for our households, what can moms do to help the planet?
Did you know the average household contains between 3 and 25 gallons of toxic material and almost all in the form of household cleaners? The CDC says we don’t need all the antibacterial products, and that if we continue down this path we are causing super bacteria to form and causing a larger problem in the long run. Also, all those cleaners have different chemicals that may be bad for our health.
The worst common ingredients are ethylene-based glycol, used commonly as a water-soluble solvent in cleaning agents and classified as a hazardous air pollutant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and terpenes, a class of chemicals found in lemon, pine and orange oils that can morph into carcinogenic compounds when they mix with ground-level ozone, according to a 2006 study by the University of California Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
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There are so many great and easy green cleaners around, and you can make most of them from home! I love to make my cleaners from home. They’re non-toxic, safe for my kids, and super inexpensive as well. Here are a few of my faves:
All Purpose Cleaner:
3 cups of water
1/8 cup Castile soap- Love Dr Bronner’s citrus scented liquid Castile soap
essential oils- 10 drops- I love lemon and tea tree (because it has disinfectant properties)
2tb of Vinegar
Add water, then soap, then essential oils, and vinegar into bottle, top off with a little more water and go to work.
1 cup of white vinegar
1 cup water
a 8-10 drops of liquid soap or castile soap
Add all ingredients to bottle, top off with more water and get to work. You don’t need the soap, but it cuts fingerprints aka grease better with it!
Non Toxic Air freshner:
Small spray bottle
1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
1/2 cup water
essential oils – 30 or more drops
Add together and spray. The rubbing alcohol smell will dissipate and you have non toxic air freshener! Great for the bathroom, pet beds, and more!
Duggar Recipe: Liquid Laundry Soap
1 Bar Fels-Naptha soap
½ Cup Borax
- Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
- Fill a 5-gallon bucket half full with hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover, and let sit overnight to thicken.
- Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap container half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)
- Optional: Once soap has cooled, you can add 10-15 drops of essential oil (lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil, etc) per 2 gallons.
For top load machine, add 5/8 Cup of liquid soap per load (makes approximately 180 loads).
For front load machine, add 1/4 Cup per load (makes approximately 640 loads).
Makes 10 gallons of liquid soap