One of the benefits of modern life is that the influx of information available nowadays surpasses anything our ancestors couldve dreamed of. From countless books to an endless stream of Internet data, there really is no stone left unturned.
This has also made us all better informed about everything around us. Take your average cleaning products, for example. From air fresheners to floor disinfectants, there are a number of items we use regularly and which house a number of chemicals that have been proven to be detrimental to our health. Their chemical residue slowly accumulates in our bodies and can lead to more serious illnesses down the line. So, its a good idea to try and gradually reduce our dependency on mass-produced cleaning products by manufacturing our own, healthier alternatives.
You can start off by simply gathering some well-known and easy-to-obtain substances that are used in countless natural recipes. Stuff like vinegar, sodium bicarbonate, a few essential oils and some common foods and spices will do the trick. Before describing how to can mix them up, its worth going through some of the basic DOs and DON’Ts of reducing exposure to harmful chemicals:
- Avoid flame retardant materials as much as possible due to their toxicity.
- Always opt for perfume-free cleaning agents as the perfumed ones tend to contain unnecessary and sometimes harmful chemicals.
- Use fluoride-free toothpaste.
- Use natural skin products.
- Open doors and windows as often as you can to let the fresh air inside.
- Avoid keeping your food and beverages in plastic opt for glass or wax box containers instead.
- Choose organic foods whenever possible.
These are just some of the principles that will guide you towards a healthier lifestyle. The next step involves getting acquainted with some easy-to-follow recipes that will allow you to replace all your traditional cleaning products with homemade items. Lets explore some of the most useful ones:
- Natural Air Freshener Simmer a quart of water with 1 sliced lemon, 2 tablespoons of rosemary and a dash of vanilla. Alternatively, you can also use some chopped ginger root or other ingredients such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
- Disinfecting Spray Mix 3 Tbs of liquid castile soap with 30 drop so of tea tree oil and 500 ml of water inside a misting spray bottle. Shake it and spray on desired surfaces.
- Oven Cleaning Paste Just spread a mix of baking soda and water all over the oven and let it work its magic for a few hours before rubbing it off.
- Clothing Deodorizer Place a cotton ball with several drops of Purify, lavender, peppermint or other favorite essential oil in a perforated wood, glass or stone container. Then place this container wherever your clothes are to make them smell naturally fresh.
- Essential Oil Bug Spray Different bugs react to different substances. Use a mixture of essential oils including citronella, pine, patchouli, rosemary and lavender in order to repel common insects such as flies, mosquitoes and bedbugs.
These should be enough to get you started. Of course, theres always more to learn when it comes to improving your lifestyle. But, as you can see, essential oils and common household ingredients are everything you need to keep your house clean and chemical-free.