Cleaning your home shouldn’t be a dangerous activity but with many conventional cleaners it can be. Many cleaners contain ingredients that may be harmful to our health. Some of the risks are acute, such as skin or respiratory irritation, chemical burns, or watery eyes. Others can be long term, like cancer and asthma.
Chlorine bleach and ammonia can produce fumes that can be highly irritating and can pose real risks to people with asthma, other lung problems or heart problems. They also are very dangerous if mixed together.
Other ingredients that are in many cleaners and have been shown to cause adverse reactions include synthetic fragrances, diethanolamine (DEA) and triethanolamine (TEA), 1,4-dioxane, butyl cellosolve, alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs), and more.
There is over little government oversight for cleaners and the chemicals they contain. There is also no legal requirement for labeling household cleaning products. This leaves consumers in the dark about which products to avoid.
An easy and affordable way to avoid these harmful chemicals is to make your own cleaners. With a handful of ingredients your home can be clean, smell great, and be safer. A lot of things in your home can be cleaned with soap and water, Dr. Bronner’s is a great choice for a pure soap. Here are some other great cleaning products you can make.
- Soft Scrub
- Drain Cleaner
- Citrus Air Freshener
- Fruit and Veggie Wash
- Air Freshener
- Mold Eliminaters
- Carpet Freshener
- Laundry Soap
- Daily Shower Spray
- Fabric Freshener Spray
- 7 DIY Cleaners– including furniture polish, oven cleaner, and more.
With these great recipes you will be spending a lot less time and money in the cleaning aisle.
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