Some of the products many people use in their home are very toxic. They contain cancer causing ingredients like Borax and boric acid. These compounds are used to stabilize enzymes in laundry or dishwashing detergents and borax is a common ingredient in homemade cleaners as well. The European Union considers Sodium perborate, a form of oxygen bleach found in some cleaners, toxic to human reproductive systems (ECHA 2011), yet it can still be used here in the U.S.!
Fumes from some cleaning products may induce asthma in otherwise healthy individuals. A large and growing body of evidence links frequent use of many ordinary cleaning supplies at home or on the job with development of asthma and other respiratory problems. It is already known that cleaning product fumes may trigger attacks in persons previously diagnosed with asthma as well.
As a result, I have compiled a list of all-natural, non-toxic cleaning ingredients and products you can use in your home. I have tried all of these myself, and so as long as you be consistent with your cleaning schedule, and not wait for dirt/soap scum to build up, all of these products can get the job done! Here are some of my go-to favorite DIY products, for when I run out of non-toxic store bought products I love (post coming on that really soon!)
Stone cleaner - 1:3 ratio of alcohol to water. Add some dish soap and 10 drops of an essential oil for some natural fragrance.
Produce Wash - 2tbsp baking soap, 1 cup of water, and 1 cup of vinegar.
Electronic cleaner/Glass cleaner - 1:1 ratio of distilled water and 70% alcohol OR 1:1
Stain remover - 2 parts hydrogen peroxide, 1 part dish washing liquid. Let sit for 15 minutes.
Disinfectant - 1:1 ratio of 70% alcohol and water
Degreaser and soap scum remover- 1:1 ratio of dishwashing liquid and vinegar
All purpose cleaner - 1 oz of water and 3 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid
Fruit cleaner - 1 liter water, 1 cup hydrogen peroxide. Leave for a few minutes. Wash in vinegar.
Deodorizer - 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray couch
Would you use any of these? Do you think they will work for you? Why or why not?