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Sunday 19 December 2021

Detox Your Home (Plus DIY Toxin-Free Cleaner Recipe)

"You might have done a detox in order to eliminate toxins from your body, but have you done anything about the toxins in your own home? With the average house containing over 500 chemicals and the increasing knowledge that common household cleaning products are found to have negative effects on the body, it’s more important than ever to clear your home of dangerous toxins for the health and safety of your family and yourselves.

Here are five simple tips on how you can detox your home today:-

1. Take The Time To Read And Understand Labels
Reading the ingredients list of everyday cleaning products can be overwhelming with words that you have often never heard of, let alone even pronounce. By doing a simple Google search, you can familiarize yourself with the names of dangerous chemicals and how they can potentially harm your body.

2. Don’t Be Misled By ‘Green’ And ‘Natural’ Marketing Scams
Many households have begun using ‘green’ alternatives in their home believing they are a safer option but even these can contain harmful ingredients. Unfortunately, the terms ‘green’ and ‘natural’ are often nothing more than marketing terms used by manufacturers to increase sales and cannot automatically be deemed safe.

3. Make Your Own Nontoxic All-Purpose Cleaner
The best way to ensure there are no dangerous chemicals in your cleaning products is to make your own! It’s not only safer for your family but also way cheaper. All you need for a basic all-purpose cleaner is water, white vinegar and bicarbonate soda.

4. Incorporate Essential Oils
Don’t like the smell of vinegar? The smell will leave not long after it dries, but you can also add a few drops of your favourite essential oil, like lavender or eucalyptus, to your DIY cleaning products. They are not only antibacterial but will have your whole house smelling beautiful too.

5. Keep The Air Clean
When you breathe, your body takes oxygen and releases carbon dioxide; during photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. By adding indoor plants around your home, you can increase the oxygen levels and clean the air. Plants that fare well indoors include the spider plant, peace lily and dragon tree. You can also keep the air clean by eliminating artificial air fresheners and instead use fresh flowers or bowls of herbs to add a nice fragrance.

image from here

1/2 cup of white vinegar
1 1/2 cups of water
10 drops lemon oil
10 drops lavender oil
4 drops melaleuca oil
Place in a glass spray bottle. Spray onto floors and mop. Alternatively, double or triple the recipe amount (depending on the area you need to mop) and place in a bucket and mop floor.
Do not use on polished timber floors as the essential oils and vinegar can dull the shine/strip the varnish- omit essential oils and vinegar and use the following instead: 2 cups water and 2 cups liquid castile"

Above words taken from article by James Colquhoun here

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Natural Cleaners To Use Around The Home - read it here

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All the best Jan


Tom said...

...there's big money to be made in cleaning products.

Christine said...

Good tips

peppylady (Dora) said...

One can over buy. General what works in kitchen will work in bathroom
Coffee is on and stay safe

Elephant's Child said...

Thanks for the hints.
Sadly vinegar based cleaners do not clean my shower screen.

Valerie-Jael said...

Good ideas. There are so many cleaners on the market today. Have a great weekend, Valerie

Jo said...

More and more people seem to be making up their own cleaning products these days. I should imagine it will save money as well as being less harmful as many home made cleaning products are made up of things you'd have in your cupboard anyway.

Catarina said...

It works. I can attest to that.

eileeninmd said...

Lately the smells from cleaning products make me feel sick.
I have started using the vinegar, water and baking soda.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Take care, have a great new week!

... said...

Good idea of natural cleaning thank you

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Great post, excellent advice.
Have a nice, successful week:)

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Essential oils ate running low here.
Thank you for the reminder
Reading labels is big time important.
I especially read shampoo and conditioner labels.

CJ Kennedy said...

Good tips

DVArtist said...

Good advice as always.

Ananka said...

Between 3 cats and a toddler I need to be careful not to use anything near the 4 of them! I am quite down on these nasty chemical cleaning products that people use all the time.

happyone said...

Great tips.
Number 2 - so true!!!

DeniseinVA said...

Excellent, informative post Jan! Thank you and Merry Christmas and A Very Happy New Year to you and your family.

Louca por porcelana said...

Thank you for the informations.Merry Christmas, dear Jan. God bless you and yours.

William Kendall said...

Good ideas.

Jeanie said...

These are all excellent tips. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

Conniecrafter said...

I just bought some new bathroom cleaner but never checked for anything bad, guess I need to be doing that

Lorrie said...

Cleaning products can be more harmful than helpful. I stick to vinegar, Dawn dish soap, and baking soda. I will look for some essential oils to add to my solutions for their antibacterial properties and good scents.

Sondra said...

I do like the fresh smell of vinegar, and I used it for a lot of purposes...I hope your Holiday is Good!! On to the New Year!!

Carla from The River said...

Thank you for this post! I use natural cleaning products. I purchase from a company called Melaleuca.

gluten Free A_Z Blog said...

These are great tips. I don't think people realize how toxic commercial products can be in the home.

Teresa said...

Siempre interesante. Feliz Navidad.

Magic Love Crow said...

Great post! Thank you! Big Hugs!