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Laureen Botticelli is a happily married to her high school sweetheart, and work at home mom of three, twin four year old boys and the littlest man Nico, age two. She is a baby planner and the owner of Bump, Baby,& Beyond by Kiddie Loot. She writes the mommy blog, The Momccupation. Laureen is a San Diego native who just moved back after teaching Family and Consumer Science and Health Science in Las Vegas for five years. She has a Master's in education and BA from San Diego State University, and loves teaching new moms.

How To Make Your Own Eco-Friendly And Non-Toxic Home Cleansers

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.

Want more info? Check out the article here.

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:

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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
Spray bottle

Add water, then soap, then essential oils, and vinegar into bottle, top off with a little more water and go to work.


Window cleaner:

1 cup of white vinegar
1 cup water
a 8-10 drops of liquid soap or castile soap
Spray bottle

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!


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Duggar Recipe: Liquid Laundry Soap

4 Cups hot tap water
1 Bar Fels-Naptha soap 
1 Cup  Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½ Cup Borax
  1. Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
  2. 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.
  3. 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)
  4. 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

*Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent – It must be sodium carbonate.
You can get all these at the grocery store and you can call and have them order it because I have found they don’t always have them in stock. Most places are super nice about ordering stuff for you and they call you in a couple days when it’s in. Instead of running around to get things around town.
Remember these are low sudsing formula’s. You can add essential oils for scent or some Dr Bronners castile soap( peppermint is my fave).
Don’t want to make your own?
Here are a few good cleaners that are green:
JR Watkins
Hope you have a great Earth Day, and try out these great Green cleaners!
Do you have any recipes you love?

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