We all want a home that smells nice, with probably no trace of dust and dirt and is also free of germs and anything that could cause potential health issues. And the best way to do so is to use a good cleaning agent for the home.
But the next time you’re about to pick up one of those, spare a minute and spot these dangerous toxins in the label that are lurking behind those heavy-sounding names.
Phthalates (usually found in air fresheners, toilet paper, dish soap) can reduce sperm count, triclosan (found in so-called antibacterial hand soaps and dishwashing liquids) can lead to an increase in drug-resistant bacteria in the body, ammonia (found in glass cleaners and other polishing agents) can lead to breathing issues and lung problems, sodium hydroxide (found in drain or oven cleaners) can lead to severe burns on exposure with skin and also cause throat allergies.
If you’re wondering how to reduce exposure to these harmful toxins in your home, our answer is – try making these very easy and budget-friendly natural home cleaners instead.
1. Homemade Bathroom Cleaning Solution: Mix half a cup of water with half a cup of lemon juice, one cup of vinegar and one tbsp. of rubbing alcohol (you can buy it online or find it at your local pharmacy). Next, mix one tsp. of baking soda. The ingredients will help to remove bacteria while also clean out stains. Take an old spray bottle (you can reuse any empty perfume bottle or cleaning agent bottle) and pour the solution in it. To use, spray on a wet cleaning cloth and wipe.
2. Homemade Dishwashing Liquid: Mix one tbsp. Borax (you can buy it online on Amazon) and one tbsp. washing soda (you can it in the laundry section of any supermarket). Add two tbsp. of distilled white vinegar (you can buy it online on Ebay) and half a cup of any liquid castile soap (it is mostly available at local health stores in various fragrances). Boil 2 and half cups of water and slowly add the mix you created earlier. Once it all mixes well, remove from heat and let it reach room temperature. Use an empty plastic or glass container to store the dishwashing liquid.
3. Homemade Tile And Tub Cleaner: Mix half a cup of baking soda, one tsp of any liquid dish soap (you can make and use the one we suggested in the point above) and one-fourth cup of hydrogen peroxide (you can buy online on Amazon, Flipkart, Rediff Shopping). The ingredients will help to remove stains from water buildup as well as add shine. Store it in a squeezable container. To clean, apply on the area and let it sit for about ten minutes. Then scrub and rinse with water. You can also apply it on a damp sponge to clean counters.
4. Reusable Floor Wipes: Take your old cotton clothes and cut them up into rectangular pieces. If you have a mop pail at home, try and cut it in a way that it will fit the same. Next, mix one-fourth cup of water, one-fourth cup of lemon juice, one-fourth cup of rubbing alcohol, one-fourth cup of vinegar and one tbsp. of liquid dish soap. Pour the mix in the pail, stack the cloths so that they absorb the liquid and close the lid. Take out one and use when you need to wipe the floor. In case the cloths get dry, sprinkle a little water and close the lid again.
5. Homemade Window Cleaner: Mix one cup water with one cup white vinegar. Add one-fourth cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Pour the mix in an empty spray bottle, spray on the window and wipe with a dry paper towel or cloth.
If you try making even one of these, you’re already well on your way to being a planet saver. And yes, we’d love to see a picture of your DIY and how it turned out! Do share it here, so that we can show our readers what a real superhero(ine) looks like!
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