Who doesn’t enjoy having a clean home? But did you ever stop to wonder what your cleaning products are made of? Unfortunately, most everyday cleaning products are not healthy choices for us or our environment.
In Canada, cleaning products do not have to label their ingredients and it could take some digging to locate a list of ingredients. The exceptions are anti-bacterial products and disinfectants which must list their active ingredients, as they are considered drugs and/or pest control products. So it must be asked, if companies are not forthcoming with ingredients, are they hiding something?
Windex has recently come out with a list of their ingredients and there are nine ingredients that make up this general cleaner that many people have in their home. The potential side effects of some of the ingredients listed were: central nervous system depressant, skin allergen, immune toxicant and environmental toxin (sourced from the Environmental Working Group). There must be a better alternative, and it turns out there is.
Fortunately, we can chose to make our own healthy and green friendly cleaning products and save money at the same time! It is easy and cost effective to create your own cleaning products at home with a few staple ingredients. The best part is that you know exactly what is in your cleaning products and you can feel good about using them. Yes, there are natural ways to even clean your oven, wash your laundry, remove stains and disinfect the toilet (everyone’s favourite job!)
Here are a couple recipes to give you a taste of how easy it really is:
Powdered Laundry Detergent
- 1 ½ cups of baking soda
- 1 ½ cups of washing soda
- ½ cup Epsom salts
- 2 Tbsp salt
- 15 drops of lavender, lemon or orange essential oil
- Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until well combined. Store in an airtight glass container. Use 1 Tbsp per full laundry load. This formula works with top loader and front loader machines.
Baking Soda, Vinegar & Essential Oil
- ½ cup of baking soda
- 1 cup of white vinegar
- ½ tsp of tea tree oil
- Mix all ingredients into a spray bottle and use as needed
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This article is written by Jocelyne Galizia, a volunteer providing nutrition and research support at InspireHealth, Lower Mainland – Vancouver. Photo credit: www.photos.com