The Telegraph reported that women spend approximately 18 hours a week on housecleaning. That equals out to a whopping 2.6 hours a day (Whelan, 1). According to the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition, in Los Angeles, traces of cleaning chemicals can be found throughout the human body within seconds of exposure. Americans use 35 million pounds of toxic household cleaning products annually (Vail, 22). You can’t help but wonder, “When you clean are you hurting or helping your family?”
A simple fix in order to assure the use of safe ingredients is do-it-yourself (DIY) cleaning products. These five basic multitasking ingredients below work miracles when it comes to DIY products.
1) White vinegar effectively cleans, deodorizes, cuts grease and disinfects against bacteria, viruses and mold.
2) Baking soda cleans, whitens, neutralizes odors and softens water.
3) Hydrogen peroxide is an effective disinfectant and bleach alternative.
4) Lemon juice cuts through grease and removes mold as well as bacteria.
5) Coarse kosher salt helps soften dishwasher water and acts as a scouring agent.
Three Top Home Formulas-
1) Wood polish: Mix a quarter- cup of vinegar or lemon juice with a few drops of olive and lemon oil.
2) Carpet cleaner: Sprinkle baking soda at night and vacuum in the morning. For a deeper clean, combine one cup of vinegar and two- and- a half gallons of water in a steam cleaner.
3) All- purpose cleaner: Combine one cup of vinegar, one cup of water and 15 drops of lemon oil in a spray bottle. Use it anywhere, including glass and mirrors.