Have you ever wondered why humans are suffering from cancerous diseases on such a large scale lately? The reason is linked to chemicals and carcinogenic toxins. There are more than 50,000 chemicals that we use on daily basis.
In one of their research papers, Breast Cancer Fund stated that only 7% of chemical cleaning solutions have undergone toxicological screening. The rest of the chemicals haven’t been tested for their potential adverse effects on a human body.
Environmental Protection Agency brought it to our attention that most of the chemicals found in household cleaning products are considered toxic for human health. We use substances like ammonia, bleach, detergents, petroleum, and aerosols without a single thought.
From skin to brain, the strong fumes and chemicals affect our whole body. Today you have a mild headache from the smell of ammonia, some other day, it can be something malignant. Don’t take it lightly and value your life. Make a positive, healthier change. Switch to green and organic products.
Alternative Household Cleaning Solutions
When I talked about it with my friends, we got into a heated discussion. Almost all of us agreed that it is important to quit strong household cleaning items. However, some of us were worried about the cost of organic products.
Thanks to the steep prices, it wouldn’t be convenient to completely switch to eco-friendly and biodegradable products. That’s when a friend put in a suggestion of creating cleaning solutions right at home. It got me thinking, and I turned to the Internet for help. Like always, it didn’t disappoint me, and I found several tips and tricks to create DIY organic household cleaning solutions!
1. Homemade Dish Washing Liquid
The first thing I decided to stop using was my dish washing liquid. Laced with strong chemicals and disinfectants, dish washing liquid and detergents possess many health risks. Even if we rinse the dishes with water, we are likely to ingest the leftover toxins. I found a great homemade dish washing liquid recipe on Keeper of the Home. It is known there as a liquid dish soap.
- Warm distilled water 1/2 cup
- Kosher salt 2 tsp
- White vinegar 1/2 cup
- Bronner’s Sal Suds 1/2 cup
- Lemon juice 1 tsp
- Lemon essential oil 15 drops
In a container, add distilled water and salt, and stir until all the salt particles are dissolved. In a separate bowl, add vinegar, Sal Suds, lemon essential oil and lemon juice and mix until the solution feels thick. Combine both solutions, mix, and store in an old dishwasher bottle. You can use it for up to one month.
2. Homemade Drain Cleaner and Declogger
Ugh… the clogged drain is one of the most disgusting things you can face. This quick method cleans out the drain and unclog it in just two minutes. Try it!
- Baking Soda 1/2 cup
- White Vinegar 1/4 cup
- Water 1 jug
Generously sprinkle baking soda into the drain and follow it with the vinegar. The mixture will instantly bubble up. Leave it for at least an hour and rinse the drain with boiling hot water. If the drain is extremely dirty, you may have to repeat the procedure. Do it regularly and you will never to face the nightmare.
3. DIY Mirror and Glass Cleaner
No matter how much I’d wipe, I never got the mirrors and glass surfaces sparkling clean. There were always some fingerprints, smudged spots, and water rings. Well, that was until I found this amazing trick! l will share the secret with you.
- Water 2 cups
- Vinegar 1/4 cup
- Squirt bottle
Dilute the vinegar with water and transfer it to a squirt bottle. Spray the mirror and wet the newspaper with the liquid. Now, start cleaning the mirror in a circular pattern, and then move it horizontally and vertically. You can use it to clean glass surfaces and windows as well. Newspaper and vinegar combined have a powerful abrasive effect that leaves the surface shiny and streak free!
4. The Powerful Vinegar Cleaner for Buildups
Don’t you just hate the smell of disinfectants and other cleaning agents? Not only they stink, the strong chemicals are dangerous if exposed to skin. When I decided to clean my kitchen and bathroom from top to bottom, I really wanted a cleaner that wouldn’t make my house smell of a dingy laboratory. Well, I found a perfect solution to my woes and I am going to share it with you.
- Baking Soda 3 tbsp
- White Vinegar 1 cup
- Alcohol 5-8drops
- Water ½ cup
Put three tablespoons baking soda to one cup white vinegar and dilute the mixture with half cup water. Add some drops of alcohol and stir. Take a washcloth or a mop and clean the surfaces with your amazing new cleaning agent. Rinse the surfaces with water. If there are stubborn buildups of soap and grease, leave the solution overnight. It is also safe to use on glass tops, windows, and mirrors.
5. Aromatherapic Air Purifier
Air fresheners and purifiers have become a necessity. Everywhere I go, I smell the fragrant chemicals and honestly, it gives me a terrible headache. The other day, I was out doing my weekly grocery when I stumbled upon a simple diffuser. It clicked me that I can use it to make my own air fresher at home! Needless to say, I didn’t buy any room fresheners.
- Water 6 cups
- Essential Oil 20 drops
Bring a pot of water to boil. When it starts to bubble, add essential oil of your choice to the water. Stir and turn off the stove. When the mixture comes to room temperature, transfer it to your diffuser and spray away! The oils have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Apart from the lovely fragrance, they help to purify the air as well. I love the smell of orange and lemon, what’s your favorite?
6. All-Natural Homemade Laundry Detergent
I didn’t want to wash my baby’s clothes with our usual, chemically infused detergent. I found a superb recipe online that even removed the stubborn poop stains!
- Borax 4 cups
- Washing Soda 4 cups
- Baking Soda 2 cups
- Kirk’s Castile Soap, 4 bars
- Tea tree Essential Oil 10-20 drops
- Gloves and Mask
Put on gloves and mask because the ingredients may cause irritation. Break the bar soaps into half and grate them with a fine cheese grater. Grind the grated pieces into a fine powder. In a large plastic container, add Borax, washing soda, and baking soda together and mix slowly. Add the powdered soap and 10-20 drops of essential oil and stir. Store the powder in an air tight jar. Whenever you do laundry, add 2 tablespoons into the washing machine per load.
7. Homemade Wood Polishing Spray
Shine up that coffee table with this easy DIY wood polishing spray.
- Olive oil 1/2 cup
- Vinegar 1/4 cup
- Essential oil 20 Drops
- Squirt bottle
Throw in all the ingredients in a squirt bottle and give it a good shake. Spray on wooden surfaces and wipe it off with clean, dry cloth. It is all-natural and won’t ruin your beloved furniture.
8. Stain Removers
Baking soda and vinegar are your true best friends that will never disappoint you. Be it a stain on a carpet or on your crisp white shirt, leave the magical mixture of baking soda and vinegar for an hour and scrub it off with a soft washing brush.
9. Organic Dusting Spray
Dust loves smooth surfaces and never leave a chance to cover your photo frames and dressers. Here is how you can whip up an environmental-friendly dusting spray at home.
- Liquid Castile Soap 1 tbsp
- Lavender Essential Oil 15 drops
- Water 2 cups
- Spray Bottle
Simply combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle and spray either directly or a cleaning cloth. The homemade spray will leave all your items neat and clean.
10. Toilet Bowl Cleaner
No more phenol and other poisonous chemicals. Clean your toilet bowl with this simple solution!
- Vinegar 1/2 cup
- Borax 1 cup
- Clove Essential Oil 5 drops
Sprinkle all ingredients around the toilet bowl, lid, and seat, and let them rest for 15 minutes. Scrub with a cleaning brush and flush!
Initially, you will find it difficult to make a switch. I recommend that you take it slowly. Replace the products with homemade solutions one by one. Gradually, you will get used to the idea and prefer the homemade products. After all, your health is worth a little struggle! Try out recipes and let us know the results!