DIY All-purpose Cleaner and Detergent

Why are natural cleaning products so important?

Nourish Organic products are an awesome way to ensure we keep toxic chemicals from being absorbed into our precious bodies through our skin, but what about the chemicals we breathe in and out of our lungs all day long?

Many of these toxins are linked to eye and throat irritation, allergies, childhood asthma, respiratory diseases, emphysema, chemical sensitivity and cancer. It is especially important to limit chemical exposure to children as it has a greater impact on their small developing bodies. 

How big is the problem?

More than 100,000 synthetic chemicals are in use today, 800 new chemicals enter market annually, and 23,000 are exempt from safety studies. What’s worse is chemicals are not tested in terms of what their reactions to other chemicals may produce, and yet they’re constantly mixed together by companies and consumers. That’s some scary chemistry!

What can we do?

It’s easy to make simple choices about the amount of toxins we use in our homes. Giving your cleaning products a makeover is a great (and, dare I say, fun?) way to start breathing better. There are increasingly more natural brands being offered at major shopping centers, and you can even make your own. 

How do I know which store-bought cleaning products are good?

To be sure a “natural” or “plant-derived” product isn’t just using an advertising loophole to get on the environmental bandwagon, check out www.goodguide.com which rates the health, environmental and societal legitimacy of many major household brands. 

How do I make my own natural cleaner?

Below are recipes for an all-purpose cleaner and laundry detergent you can be proud you made all by yourself.
Happy and healthy cleaning!!

All purpose Cleaner

1 TBSP Baking soda
1 TBSP lemon juice
1/2 c. hot water
Place all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well before use.

Liquid Laundry Soap

1/2 c. Borax 
1 1/2 c. washing soda
1 c. soap flakes or grated bar soap
7.5 L water
20 drops essential oil (optional)
Combine Borax, washing soda and most of the water. Boil soap flakes in remaining water and add to first mixture (you can also melt grated bar soap in the microwave). The soap will gel the mixture. If your water is hard, add more washing soda. Use about ½ cup per load. 
Works in cold water! Soap flakes and washing soda work well on natural fabrics when there are few stains. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to rinse to keep colors bright.

 

By: Roberta Waddell

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Lora Brighten

Lora Brighten said:

I’ll give this a try! It looks really interesting and it doesn’t cost a lot of money.
Best regards! New Barnet Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

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