Toxins in Your Home- Part 4- Household Cleaners

It has been a while since I shared some more ideas with you for ridding your home of toxins. It is all a process and takes time. In the beginning it can be daunting thinking of all the things you want to switch out to safer alternatives. The best thing to do is make a list and then tackle them as you can. Remember, how in another post I told you to stock up on vinegar? Well, today we will be using a lot of it!

Our household cleaners contain many toxic ingredients and obviously the manufacturer knows this since all cleaners have some sort of warning on them. I dug around under my kitchen sink to see what I still had around and found warnings like: Harmful if swallowed. Eye and skin irritant. Avoid inhalation. Work in a well ventilated area. That was on a toilet bowl cleaner. On a multipurpose cleaner it stated there could be hazards to humans and domestic animals. The bottle said you should thoroughly wash your hands after using it before eating, drinking, chewing gum, using tobacco or using the toilet. What?! It is so bad, you have to prewash your hands before using the bathroom! Anyone ready to find out some safer alternatives? Besides being safer, they are also much cheaper!

Window Cleaner– Use equal parts water and vinegar. Spray it on and wipe away. Below I will show you a before and after. When you have dogs and a toddler, it is hard to keep the windows clean!

After I cleaned the window the camera would not even focus on the window anymore because it was so clean!

Toilet Bowl Cleaner– You can spray vinegar all around the bowl and then sprinkle baking soda over that. You will hear some nice fizzling action. After about 15 minutes, scrub the bowl and flush.
My personal favorite for cleaning the toilets, though, is mixing 1/4 cup liquid castile soap, 1 3/4 cups water, 2 Tablespoons baking soda, and 1 teaspoon Essential Oil of choice in a spray bottle. I personally use Tea Tree Oil, since it has some anti-bacterial properties. Spray it in, let it sit, then scrub and flush.

I did not take a before and after of the toilet, because upon inspection I was embarrassed at how dirty my toilet was this morning! Hey, it is hard to keep up with everything!

Let’s get back to some vinegar uses. I use vinegar to clean my counters, appliances, and table. It does leave that nice vinegar smell, but it doesn’t last long and is better than a chemical smell! You can even use vinegar to get out stains on clothing and in carpets.

Now that I have children, I am really concerned with what is around my house. Those toxic cleaners I found still taking up space under my sink are going in the trash today. If my children ever get under the sink, the worst thing that will happen to them is they get a nasty mouthful of vinegar. I bet they wouldn’t get into that again! Why would I keep something that could potentially harm my children under my sink? Yes, I use child-proof locks to keep my children out, but I don’t always remember to fasten it. And when I do forget, my daughter finds it within minutes every time!

I hope you consider these easy DIY cleaners. There are tons of other recipes out there and many of them contain essential oils. You can create a scent you like and enjoy knowing you are keeping your family safe! Happy cleaning!