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Save the Environment: Make Your Own Household Cleaners

Everyone needs to do their part to save the environment and one way is for you to start in your home. Using harsh commercial cleaners in your home is dangerous for your health and the environment. Therefore, it is necessary that you understand how non-toxic items found in your pantry can make the best household cleaners that are safer for you, your family, and the environment.

Homemade Furniture Polish 

Avoid buying expensive commercial furniture polishes that leave a waxy buildup on your furniture. Furthermore, commercial spray polishes are bad for the environment and you. It is easy to make your own furniture polish. Use a spray bottle and mix: 

  • ¾ Cups of olive oil
  • ¼ Cup vinegar
  • Juice from ½ large lemon

Shake well before using. Apply the mixture to the furniture or a recycled dusting rag. Use a clean recycled rag to buff your furniture.   

Toilet Bowl Cleaner 

Commercial toilet bowl cleaners harm the environment with the toxic chemical they use to remove stains from your toilet. Furthermore, these cleaners pose a hazard to you, your children, and your pets because they contain 50% hydrochloric acid. Therefore, you should avoid buying commercial cleaners and make ones safe for you and your family. Mix in a bowl: 

  • ¾ Cups borax
  • 1 cup white vinegar

After mixing your ingredients flush the toilet. Pour the mixture into the toilet and let it sit overnight. In the morning scrub the toilet and flush.  

Oven Cleaners

Commercial oven cleaners such as Easy Off or Mr. Muscle can easily poison you and your family. When you use one of these cleaners you can have trouble breathing or your throat swelling. Therefore, stay away from all commercial oven cleaners and make your own that are safe for your family. Just mix: 

  • ¼ Cup baking soda
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons water

Mix the paste in a bowl. Afterwards, remove the racks from your oven. Apply the past to the interior of your oven and avoid the heating coils. Close the oven and let the paste sit over night. In the morning, wipe the oven clean with a recycled rags and fresh water. If you see residue left from the baking soda mixture, spray a little white vinegar on the oven surface. Then wipe clean with a recycled rag.  

Learn more about the dangers of commercial cleaners:

  1. Organic Consumers Association: How Toxic Are Your Household Cleaning Supplies? 
  2. Experience Life: 8 Hidden Toxins: What’s Lurking In Your Cleaning Products? 
  3. Huff Post Green: Worst Cleaners: EWG’s List of Most Harmful Cleaning Products For Your Home

 

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