9 home-made cleaning products that don't leave your home filled with nasty chemicals

 
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According to a study done by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, the average person will spend 90% of their day indoors.

This can either be at the office, in the car or at home.

When analyzing the dust from inside homes across the US, 45 chemicals were identified & many of them were associated with health hazards such as cancer, hormone disruption or reproductive toxicity.

These chemicals can come from numerous sources but some of the worst polluters are vinyl flooring/blinds & food packaging that contain phthalates, personal care products like shampoo, cosmetics & lotions with environmental phenols in them, furniture that contains flame retardants + much more.

We wanted to figure out how we could cut down on some of these nasty chemicals coming into our house by using natural home-made cleaners that you can make yourself!


Lemon Juice

  • works as a natural stain remover

  • use it as a furniture polish

    • (mix 1 cup olive oil + 1/2 cup lemon juice)

  • glass cleaner for vases, windows & mirrors

  • bacteria & odor killer for wooden cutting boards

  • whiten up your clothes

Coconut Oil

  • polish away streaks on stainless steel appliances

  • restore leather furniture, handbags & shoes

  • make wood furniture shine

Ketchup

  • shine up your silver, copper or brass cookware along with your jewelry

  • also works as a natural skunk odor neutralizer

Coffee Grinds

  • get rid of onion odor on your hands & cutting board

  • in the garden you can sprinkle some on the ground to keep away pests

  • if your garbage stinks, put some fresh coffee grinds on it to take away the smell

Tea

  • take away any smells in your fridge with dry tea bags

  • clean & freshen the inside of your microwave with wet & dry tea bags

Cornstarch

  • absorbs grease stains on clothes, carpet, upholstery, stuffed animals, concrete floors, patios + more!

Olive Oil

  • olive oil + soap + water = paint remover for your hands & windows

  • add some olive oil onto your stainless steel appliances & then buff with a soft cloth for shiny results

  • have a zipper that’s stuck?

    • Rub a cotton swab with a bit of olive oil on the teeth

Baking Soda

  • use baking soda to scrub away soap scum in your shower stall or bathtub to avoid using harmful cleaners

  • add 1 cup of baking soda per laundry rinse cycle to easily remove soil, sweat, mildew & more

Distilled White Vinegar

  • kill tough odors

  • brighten up your white clothes (add 1 cup to your laundry cycle)

  • cut through grease on cooktops & countertops, microwaves, etc.

    • mix equal parts vinegar & water to a spray bottle

      • smell will dissipate once it dries

  • put 1 cup of vinegar in a bowl in an empty dishwasher load & run it.

    • this will take away any grime build up

Natural Drain Cleaner

  • if your sink is backed up, clear out as much of the water as possible before using the cleaner

    • remove sink stopper if possible

  • pour 1 kettle full of hot water into the drain

  • pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain

  • pour 1/2 cup of vinegar into the drain

  • replace stopper over drain

    • (don’t be surprised by a lot of fizzing & bubbles @ this time ~ it’s meant to happen)

  • wait 10 minutes

  • pour another kettle of boiling water into the drain

Do you have any other natural cleaners or household products that you use around your home?

Let us know in the comments section below :)