Toxic Chemicals – Did you know that some household cleaning products contain an average of around 62 toxic chemicals? It’s no secret, but at the same time, it’s not something you’ll hear big manufacturers bragging about. These toxic chemicals which we are in contact on a daily basis after wiping our kitchen counter / cleaning our dishes and our bathtubs are more harmful than the bacteria we are killing with them. And it is not just what is on the surface but what is also in the air when we are using them and breathing them in. Still, there are lack of studies about the long-term effects of us being exposed routinely to so many toxic chemicals but common household products have been linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption and neurotoxicity.
The money we spend – According to the Huffpost “the average American spent $42 on cleaning supplies every month, that’s $504 a year.”
The packaging they come in – All of them come in plastic bottles which hopefully get recycled but not always.
Safe around the kids – I usually do all my cleaning with my homemade toxic free cleaning products when the boys are around either playing or wanting to help out. The whole process takes much longer and sometimes could feel like brushing my teeth while eating Oreos but overall we are together doing something which we are all part of. I do love it and this is the only way I clean these days. Knowing I am creating a safe environment for my kids where they can flourish. And safe I mean, toxic free and not necessary germs free. Today’s cleaning products are wiping away 99.9% of all bacteria. Which is just not necessary. I rather they are exposed to certain bacteria or germs than chemicals which are just health hazards. We don’t need to live in a world which is germs free. Certain amount of bacteria help strengthen our kids immune system and prevents certain diseases. Overuse or use of commercially bought antibacterial and sterilising products make germs more resistance and could cause serious illnesses along the line. “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger”. Bacteria certainly keep themselves to this quote. Natural essential oils slow down bacteria / mould and fungus growth but don’t necessary kill them which might be a better solution anyway. Using lemongrass / thyme / peppermint / eucalyptus / levander / tea tree / oregano or cinnamon are all perfect so you can easily customise your vinegar mix which also means you can say good bye to the chip shop smell.
Here are my DIY home cleaning recipes. Easy to make / cheap and all toxic free.