Make your Own Non-Toxic Cleaning Products
Posted by Allie on 8th January 2016
It was while researching and writing the article, 'PCOS, Chemicals & Why You Want to Avoid Them', that I fully started to realise the potential impact of everyday household cleaning products on our health, especially as a woman with PCOS. Chemical pollutants found in some everyday personal care and cleaning products can wreak havoc on the endocrine system.
Before I’d even finished writing the article, I literally opened our cleaning cupboard, threw away all the chemical cleaners, and made my own there and then using non-toxic ingredients. I know I can’t rid our home of every single chemical but switching cleaning products to those with less hazardous ingredients will, at least, reduce my family’s exposure to harmful toxins in our home.
Making my own cleaners has been much easier and quicker than I initially thought. It took minutes online to find out what I needed and I was pleased to discover that I actually had all the ingredients anyway! Making your own products can be more cost effective too, especially when ingredients are bought in bulk. You can, of course, buy ready made non-toxic cleaning products and the Environmental Working Group has a section on their website where you can search their safety rating.
There are so many websites out there with step-by-step instructions of how to make your own household non-toxic cleaning products. Here are just a few ways I have made my own:
Carpet cleaner, deodoriser and fabric softener: Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an absolute dream for cleaning. It acts as a deodoriser and absorbs smells. I never knew it had so many uses before I started making my own cleaning products.
Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda on carpets and then vacuum to freshen up rooms in your home - the longer you leave it on, the better it works. You can also put bicarbonate of soda in a small open container or jars and put anywhere you may want to get rid of smells i.e. in cupboards, bins, the fridge. You can also put it in the washing machine with your laundry to help soften clothes, keep whites white, and give your machine a good clean at the same time!
Toilet cleaner: I was a little apprehensive about parting with my chemical toilet cleaner as I’d used an ineffective natural product before which just didn’t get rid of that nasty toilet smell. This mixture below works absolute wonders and is so simple.
Throw a cup of bicarbonate of soda around inside the toilet bowl as you would your normal cleaner and pour white vinegar onto it to create a frothy foam. Leave for a few minutes and then scrub with your toilet brush for a thoroughly disinfected toilet bowl!
Cleaning stains from your cups: I discovered this one by mistake as I drink a lot of lemon and warm water. Be aware that lemon acts as a natural bleach so it’s good to test on a hidden area first if needed.
Simply leave some squeezed lemon and hot water in stained cups overnight to get them sparkling. You can also clean cups with a small amount of bicarbonate of soda to remove stains.
Furniture polish: Mix 1 cup olive oil with 1/2 cup of lemon juice to make a hardwood furniture polish.
Glass cleaner: Cheap, widely available and non-toxic, white vinegar kills some household bacteria. Vinegar is acidic however, and it’s not recommended for use on natural stone or stone tiles. Never mix vinegar with chlorine bleach as it produces toxic chlorine gas.
Combine equal parts vinegar and distilled water into a spray bottle to make an effective glass cleaner.