Detoxify Your Home With Natural Cleaning Products

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Indoor air pollution is a serious problem. Most people are unaware that the residue from chemical cleaning products used in their homes creates a lingering, toxic load affecting their health.

 

We are inundated with chemicals daily, and every person in the United States has measurable levels of synthetic chemicals in their bodies; many which are fat-soluble and stored indefinitely in fatty tissue. Indoor air pollution is actually more toxic than outdoor air pollution. This is due to the amount of particulate matter that is generated by electronics, furniture, and other household items. 

 

I recommend that everyone invest in a good HEPA air filter for their bedroom. It is especially important that your bedroom be a clean air sanctuary that contributes to restorative, detoxifying rest. There are other things you can do to minimize indoor air pollution, like changing air-conditioning and heating filters three times a year, opening windows to ventilate, and avoiding plug-in room fresheners and anything with artificial scent.

 

One of the easiest ways to minimize toxic residue in your home is by using household cleaning products that are free from synthetic chemicals. You can check www.ewg.org for a list of acceptable products. Even better, environmentally safe cleaning products can be easily made with inexpensive and effective ingredients. 

 

I recommend using up the cleaning products you currently use. As they run out, replace them with homemade versions, or with a brand that is made with natural, nontoxic ingredients. Once you see how easy and cost effective it is to make your own cleaning products you can lower your carbon footprint by reusing the same spray bottles or containers over and over. 

 

DIY Safe Household Cleaning Products

 

Disinfectant: 

2 teaspoons Borax

1/4 cup white vinegar

3 cups hot water

Combine and store in a spray bottle

 

 

Glass Cleaner:

1 cup white vinegar

1/2 cup 70% rubbing alcohol

4 cups water

3 drops essential oil to add scent (optional)

Combine and store in a spray bottle

 

All-purpose Cleaner

1/2 cup baking soda

2 quarts warm water

Combine and store in a spray bottle