Harmful regular cleaners
By now, we all know that regular cleaners are full of toxins and harmful chemicals. We need alternatives that are safe for us, our families and our pets.
I touched on how bad regular cleaners are for you in my previous post for the DIY Countertop Cleaner. I had to learn the hard way that regular cleaners had a major effect on my health and wellbeing. In seeking alternatives I found that essential oils are one of the best-smelling, non-toxic and naturally antibacterial options for homemade cleaning recipes. No more exposure to incredibly harmful and toxic cleaners in this household!
I don’t know why but chemicals are not required to be listed on the packaging of cleaners. We do not know what all-purpose cleaner harmful ingredients are used.
To make them work, all-purpose cleaners that are not green cleaning products may contain one or more of the following toxic and harmful ingredients:
- Alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs)
- Glycol ethers
- DEA, MEA, and TEA
Carcinogenic coal tar colors are used to make colored products. Hormone disrupting parabens may be used as preservatives. Many cleaners also include toxic fragrances and detergents. Plus alternative brands may contain d-limonene. This is a sensitizer that can also cause respiratory distress as well as liver, kidney & nervous system damage. D-limonene is a hazardous substance, although it is derived from a natural source.
The market for household cleaning products in the USA was $61.06 billion in 2018 alone. As we know, advertisements fail to mention that many cleaning products contain toxic chemicals that may actually be harmful to our health. Why would you expose yourself and your family to this? I exposed myself and my family to this until I educated myself on the damage these cleaning products actually do. There is a non-toxic and effective (and delicious smelling, if I might add) alternative!
Ready to go green for spring? Here is your easy all-purpose cleaner recipe!
Easy, DIY, Non-Toxic All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe
We have used this recipe in our house for years and has proven to be extremely effective. We use it for just about anything.
- 16 oz glass bottle
- Cinnamon, 4 drops
- Clove, 4 drops
- Eucalyptus, 4 drops
- Grapefruit, 8 drops
- Rosemary, 4 drops
- Water, 1 cup 1/3 cup
- White Vinegar, 1/3 cup
Combine all ingredients, shake well and clean away!
Save this image below as an easy reference!
I absolutely love this DIY cleaner and use it every single day. Given the little amount you need, these essential oils will make many bottles of all-purpose cleaner!
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