Have you ever used a household cleaner that made your skin feel like it was peeling off your hands? Maybe it caused a rash, or left your hands feeling irritated and itchy. If you looked under your sink right now at all of the cleaners you contain in one little area, would you be able to guarantee that these are toxin-free and do not cause any long term health issues?
First let me share the downsides to buying cleaners at the local market then, I’ll teach you how to make a household cleaner that is safe, effective and non-toxic.
Know What’s In Your Household Cleaners
First, let’s go over a few reasons why we should be careful about the household cleaners we choose to keep in our homes. Let’s narrow it down to a three simple key points shall we!
#1: Commercial Cleaner Chemicals Can Cause Toxicity Build-Up in the Body
This one is fairly self-explanatory. When it comes to germ season… aka the colder months many of us just want to make sure we are not going to catch those nasty germs, right? Well, something we do not realize is that bacteria that are around us every single day are not harmful to the typical human. Some bacteria can even be beneficial to our health! Crazy right? Not to mention, over sanitation can actually be harmful to our immune system by not allowing our bodies to act innately allowing them to be more susceptible to disease and viruses. We should definitely be more mindful of this with autoimmune disease or chronic viruses.
For example, many cleaners available at local convenience stores are filled with harsh chemicals that can cause a toxic build up in our tissues and cause disease over time. The Healing Power of Essential Oils states that antibacterial cleaners usually also kill the good bacteria and could be harmful to your skin microbiome.
#2: Small Exposures to Toxins Over Time Are Harmful
Chemicals and junk food have many similarities as they can both be toxic to the body when consumed regularly. Now, many times we think, “This is just a little bit- I’ll be fine!” but what we may not realize is that over time all of those small amounts add up inside of our bodies.
Our bodies have an amazing biological makeup with a killer immune system. However, sometimes those toxins build up in our tissues and create damage to our immune systems which may also cause it to weaken. If we continue to allow toxins into our bodies that were never meant to be there in the first place, we may create chronic inflammation and illness for ourselves without even realizing.
Have you ever been in a situation where there was just too much damage done already to be reversed? We definitely do not want that to happen with our immune systems!
#3: We are exposed to more toxins daily than we realize.
Next, let’s think about this for a second; crops being sprayed with pesticides, our neighborhoods being sprayed for mosquitoes, our hairspray, cosmetics, car fuel, mold exposure, cleaning products, bug sprays, candles, perfumes, lotions. More than likely you may be exposed to all of these every single day and more!
There are toxins all around us that we are not able to control. According to The Healing Power of Essential Oils, most of the toxic chemicals we are exposed to are in everything we spray and apply to our homes and bodies. Here’s just a few common ones to consider avoiding:
- Parabens, a hormone disruptor that may lead to breast cancer
- Chlorine which may lead to irritations
- Triclosan, a hormone disruptor
- Ammonia can corrode the lungs
- Phthalates which are carcinogens.
These add up, create a toxic burden, weaken our immune systems, and can cause long-term damage. What we can control is what we keep in our homes and create a safe space for us and our families. How can we do this? Here are three action steps to support a non-toxic household plus how to make household cleaner using 5 healthy ingredients.
3 Big Action Steps to Support a Non-Toxic Household Plus How to Make Household Cleaner at Home!
There are three simple things you can to improve your home.
ACTION STEP #1: How to Make Household Cleaner with 5 Healthy Ingredients
You’re in luck! It is cheap and easy to create safe and effective household cleaners for yourself and your family. This natural and healthy household cleaner gets you one step closer to eliminating toxic chemicals in your home!
Use a Natural Citrus Compound That Fights Grease and Oil
D-limonene is a compound derived from the skin of citrus fruits that is able to combat frustrating residue of grease and oil! Believe it or not, this is why many companies use citrus in their cleaners. So why not go the more natural route and use the real deal!?
Plus, Natural Disinfectants!
This is a list of Natural Disinfectants that you can easily use when learning how to make your household cleaners in your kitchen. I imagine you have a few of these simple ingredients on hand making my recipe even easier to put together.
- Distilled White Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Essential Oils: Tea Tree, Lemon, Orange, Lime, Bergamot
- Baking Soda
All Purpose Cleaner Recipe – How to Make Household Cleaner in a Glass Amber Bottle:
I highly recommend that you use glass spray bottles and containers to prevent toxic extractions from plastics.
All that you need to make your own all purpose cleaner:
- Glass amber spray bottle
- 6 drops lemon essential oil
- 6 drops tea tree essential oil
- 3 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
- Fill the rest of the glass spray bottle with distilled water.
Click here for more household cleaner recipes using all natural products and essential oils.
ACTION STEP #2: Trust GC/MS Purity Testing
If you’re anything like me, you love the idea of making your own products but just don’t have the time. No worries! You can use a company that knows what they’re doing, provides GC/MS purity testing for their products, and takes the guess work out of it for you!
How I Got Hooked on Revive Essential Oils and Cleaner Concentrate
For the past few years I have trusted Revive Essential Oils. I was a die hard fan of a well known MLM company for 10 years, but as a teacher I realized I needed to start to cut back on expenses. I eventually realized I wanted to switch career paths and became a Certified Essential Oils Coach.
After being trained on how to read the purity testing for Essential Oils I found Revive Essential Oils and realized they were the real deal. Just without all the extra expenses that came with old MLM! Revive has amazing Immunity Boost Oil (their version of Thieves) and also a cleaning concentrate with this Essential Oil as well.
Revive Immunity Boost Cleaner Concentrate is a multipurpose cleaner that I use for everything! It smells amazing (like Christmas!). I also use the Revive Immunity Boost hand soaps throughout my house!
Disclaimer: You may fall in love with this company!
ACTION STEP #3: Stay Informed with EWG: Environmental Working Group
Have you ever heard of the EWG or Environmental Working Group website? If not, bookmark it now and use it as often as you need to. The EWG site is a great resource for anyone who is just starting their journey swapping for non-toxic products and ingredients. I use this site almost every day!