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DIY Non-Toxic Home Cleaning Recipes For The Whole Family

I distinctly remember my father telling me as a young girl that the air inside of our home as equally as polluted if not more polluted than outside from chemical cleaners and household products.  My father also insisted that I use natural lotions, soaps and cold remedies.  My father was full of little gems of wisdom, gems that I didn’t appreciate until I had children of my own. I would have loved to use this knowledge during my pregnancies, but what matters most is what I am doing differently now.

I began to research the benefits of making household cleaners, soaps and natural remedies about 3 years ago when my youngest daughter turned two, and since then I have become a DIY maniac.  I’ve often peeled my eyeballs off of the countertop after long nights of experimenting with hand soap consistency.  I was skeptical at first, thinking that making cleaners, lotions and soaps would take too much time, effort and money. (I am a student and a full-time mother of two with a part-time job and a crazy schedule).  I also bought into the hype of commercial cleaning products with natural ingredients, believing that the label meant it was better.  They were not, in fact, they basically placed a sprig of thyme into a bath of deadly chemicals.  To date, since February of this year, I have saved over $200 by making my own products.  I busted through the roadblock and I’m here to tell you that you can do it too!

My family began to think I was insane, and yours may too, when the kitchen became overrun with castile soap, vinegar, orange peels and essential oils.  When my six-year-old grabbed my hand and said; “Ok, mama, I think you need to sit down because you are just making a huge mess for no reason, we can buy more counter stuff”, I decided it was time for an intervention.  I sat my girls down then and there to explain to them why mama was doing this.  Needless to say, I now have two of the prettiest co-chemists a girl could ask for because ALL of the recipes I have used are kid safe.  If you lack the “gentle” words to explain to your babies how unhealthy things are, just take my advice and be searingly honest, trust me, they will understand and appreciate your explanation and will be willing to participate.  That said, if you are an expecting Momma, or have little babies you can just do what you have to do and of course explain it them later when they will really understand and appreciate it.

Let’s get to the nitty gritty here, (which will be sparkly clean after you make these products).  I have included a list of some of the worst culprits in our homes as they pertain to contaminating the air, the environment and our bodies.  BLEACH, AIR FRESHENER, DRAIN CLEANERS, COUNTERTOP SPRAYS, DISINFECTANTS, FABRIC SOFTENERS, ABRASIVE POWDER CLEANSERS, CARPET POWDER, WINDOW CLEANER AND LAUNDRY SOAP.  Did I just list off your entire cleaning bucket? I know, I know, but I will provide some alternatives that truly work and that are non-toxic and inexpensive!

In closing of my rambling on, I would like to offer a few gems of my own.  Our children are precious gifts, innocent and pure at birth, this starts in utero.  Their skin is sensitive, their bodies are fragile and they aren’t old enough to tell you “get that bleach spray away from me!.”  I ask as a fellow mother that you think outside the Tide box and not believe everything you read, hear and see on television commercials.  Marketing tactics are powerful tools and their creators are paid millions of dollars per year to sway your opinions of their products.  Don’t settle for less than what you deserve, and what you deserve is to be the healthiest, happiest and well-educated mama that you can be.

Please follow me on Pinterest @ http://www.pinterest.com/ladyluv23 to find tons more cleaning ideas, great ideas for recipes, entertaining and everything to do with kids!  I have included the following websites that provide information on some of the worst cleaners on the market.  http://www.allnaturalhealthylife.com and  http://www.triplepundit.com.

*Bleach

  • Fatal if ingested by small children and pets
  • Can become airborne irritant to respiratory tract, eyes, mouth and nose
  • Worsens allergies

**Alternative**

– 11/2 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide

– ½ cup white vinegar

– Water and a gallon jug

– 10 drops lemon essential oil (optional)

– Add everything to gallon jug and fill with water, this is color-safe! No need to dilute.

*Air freshener

  • Contains formaldehyde
  • Can cause respiratory damage, abdominal pain and nausea

**Alternative**

– Fill a bottle with 2 cups of water and 20 drops of lavender essential oil.  Use as an air freshener, fabric refresher or bathroom spray.

– Fill an empty Parmesan cheese container ¾ full with baking soda.  Add 5 drops of lavender and tea tree essential oil, shake.  Can be used as a carpet refresher and a mattress cleaner.  Lavender is antibacterial; tea tree is antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic.  Sprinkle on your mattress, let sit for one hour, vacuum and voila, your mattress is clean.   pic of lavendar

*Drain cleaner

  • Contains lye and hydrochloric acid
  • Skin irritant, burns eyes, nose mouth and lungs if inhaled

**Alternative**

– Pour one cup of baking soda in the drain

– Add one cup of vinegar and immediately close the drain

– Pour boiling water down the drain after 30 minutes.

* Abrasive powder cleaners (Comet)

  • Contains chloroform which can cause liver damage and infertility

**Alternative**

– One-teaspoon liquid soap

– One cup of baking soda

– Add 5 drops of antibacterial essential oil (lavender, tea tree)

– Add enough water to the mixture to make a paste, clean away!

– For a general antibacterial counter spray, add 35 drops of lavender to two cups of water into a spray bottle.

– Degreaser, Add ¼ cup of liquid castile soap, 10 drops of lavender essential oil and 2 cups water.  Use anywhere you would use degreasing spray.

– All-purpose spray – Add orange or lemon peels to a mason jar, fill with white vinegar. Let it sit for two weeks.  Add to a spray bottle with equal parts water, use all over the house.

Thank you for doing your part and being informed!  I hope you will consider making some changes for the well being of your unborn child, your babies and for the whole family!

What do you Moms do to help provide the healthiest environment for your children and families?  Please share we want to hear from you.

Sincerely,
Jessica Johns
Busy and compassionate, working Mom of 2 young ladies, Student, and striving to save our children by booting one toxic cleaner at a time~
xoxo

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