Is Your Home Full of Toxic Chemicals?

How Toxic are Your Cleaning Products?

Is your home full of toxic chemicals and poison?

The average American home can have as much as 100 pounds of environmentally harmful products in the basement, garage, and other storage areas.  Look for labels that read: “Danger,” “Warning,” ” “Toxic,”  “Flammable,” or “Poison.”  These product labels tell you that they are harmful and tell you how to store and use them, yet we sometimes buy them and use them when we could make our own products at home, made with natural ingredients.  At least you decide what goes into your product and what doesn’t.  And, yes they do work.

You see, commercial air fresheners, disinfectants, and cleaners of all kind found in your kitchen and bathroom storage cabinets may be far more dangerous than you think.  As an example, when you mix bleach with ammonia, you get a toxic fume cloud that is very dangerous to breath.

All Purpose Cleaners and Ammonia

All purpose cleaners often contain ammonia, which is an irritant that has been linked to liver and kidney damage.  Bleach can burn the skin and eyes.  Oven cleaners can cause chemical burns and emit toxic fumes.  The American Association of Poison Control Centers reports that more than 120,000 children under the age of five were involved in household cleanering incidents.

Know what you are buying. Then, if you decide to make you own products, you can learn quickly how easy, how affordable, and how effective they can be.  They clean as well or better, most of the time, than the costly and toxic products you purchase.

Natural Pest Control Spray

Products that you purchase for pest control may also be eliminated.  To rid bugs, including cockroaches and spiders from my home, I spray the entire house with a mixture of peppermint and cypress essential oil (about 10-15 drops of each), and fill up the 4 ounce spray bottle with water and add about a tablespoon or two of witch hazel.  I spray once a week until the critters leave and then about every month or so.  It works for us.  Be careful not to spray on animals or children since peppermint is a strong oil.  If using a larger bottle, just increase the amount of essential oil, water, and witch hazel as needed.  I never store this mixture in a plastic bottle.  I use a metal spray or glass spray bottle for this pest control spray.  If you spray once a week for a couple of weeks and still see pests, mix the spray again and increase the essential oils to 20 drops of each.  The pests don’t like the smell, and they leave, naturally.

Spray the pest control on the baseboards and in closets and cabinets.  I don’t worry about anything in the cabinet, since the spray has oils I use anyway. I would advise leaving the kids and pets out of the room for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes or so, the smell will diminish. Remember, animals, especially dogs have noses that pull in smells at a rate no human can do, so it may irritate their nose.  I have sprayed a lighter spray with my dog in the house, if she were in the other room. If you can’t remove the dog and small children, just spray one room at a time and close the door.  Later do another room.  That way you can keep the pets and kids at bay for a little while.

These natural essential oils are great to breath, but this spray can be a bit strong at first.

 Natural Cleaning Ingredients and Benefits

These products are inexpensive and natural , and you control what goes in them.  You can safely create your own household cleaners and save money.

Essential Oils can naturally kill bacteria, germs, fungi, and mold.

Antibacterial-eucalyptus, cypress, lemon, lavender, lime, marjoram, melaleuca, peppermint, rosemary, sage, sandalwood, orange, wintergreen, roman chamomile
Antiviral-cinnamon, clove eucalyptus, lavender, melaleuca, lemon, oregano, sandalwood, thyme
Anti-Fungal-eucalyptus, lavender, lemon melaleuca, patchouli, sage, sandalwood, thyme

Do your own research to find out more information. Also, check out PUBMED for medical research studies.

Click on this link to the PUBMED website to research essential oils.  Just type in the name of the essential oil in the search box, and you can find thousands and tens of thousands medical studies https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/

When I did a research for clove essential oil, it states that: “The study demonstrates that components of clove essential oil not only influence the expression of general stress genes, but also the expression of virulence associated genes”.  Click here to read the entire abstract: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27520816

Then research many other essential oils to see for yourself how amazing these oil really can be.

 

Baking Soda is a great natural cleaner.

It can be used to scrub, whiten, deodorize, cut grease, and absorb odors.

Castle Soap-a vegetable based soap commonly used in DIY products.

Fels Naptha Heavy Duty Laundry Bar-has long been used because of its amazing cleaning properties.

Vinegar-kills germs, cuts grease, deodorizes and dissolves mineral deposits.

*Please note that vinegar by itself will turn brass tub and sink fixture, so be careful.  For tubs and sink cleaning, I mix baking soda and lemon essential oils (about 10 drops to a cup of baking soda).

Please check out my other DIY recipes on this website.  Click on the DIY category.

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God Bless, Shirleen S. Biblical Health Educator

PS: I pray that you will be blessed everyday with a clean smelling home.  You were drawn to this website for a reason.  Follow God and follow the plan he has for your life.

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