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Healthy Child Healthy World: Natural Cleaners

Healthy Child Healthy World: Natural Cleaners

We often use cleaning products that we find in our local store as they are easy to find, cheap, and they make our domestic lives more simple. However, some of these chemical-based products can come with high costs to the health of our families and our environment. There are a growing numbers of natural cleaning products now available in stores, but it's not too hard to make some ourselves.

We reached out to our friends Healthy Child Healthy World, the experts on removing harsh and toxic chemicals from our homes, for some advice. They walked us through some incredibly easy and simple alternatives to those harsh cleaning products we use everyday. 

HEALTHY CHILD HEALTHY WORLD

Healthy Child Healthy World is a non-profit organization that works to encourage safer environments for children. Healthy Child "provides access to critical information that encourages smarter lifestyle choices to reduce toxic chemical exposure in homes and communities to become a trusted resource for parents. Healthy Child’s vision is a world where every child has the opportunity to grow up in a healthy and safe environment."

"Conventional cleaning products may be loaded with unsafe chemicals (no telling which ones as their formulas are protected as trade secrets…), but fortunately they’re not the only spring cleaning option. Green cleaners made with common natural, non-toxic ingredients are safer and cheaper to use, and they clean just as well."

INGREDIENTS IN NATURAL CLEANING PRODUCTS

There are a handful of ingredients that pop up often when researching natural homemade cleaning products. Most of these ingredients are already in your homes just waiting to be used. Take a look at some of these familiar products and see why they are the perfect ingredients to use around the house:

BAKING SODA

- Cleans, deodorizes, softens water and scours.

LEMON

- One of the strongest food-acids that is effective against most household bacteria.

plant based LIQUID SOAP

- Unscented soap in liquid form is biodegradable and will clean just about anything.

WHITE VINEGAR

- Cuts grease, removes mildew, odors, some stains and wax build-up.

WASHING SODA

- Sodium carbonate decahydrate, a mineral. Washing soda cuts grease, removes stains, softens water, cleans wall, tiles, sinks and tubs.

ESSENTIAL OILS

- Natural oils obtained by distillation with a distinct fragrance of the plant from which it is extracted. Brings a natural scent to any product.

SALT

- An effective yet gentle scouring agent, often added to other ingredients to boost cleaning and deodorizing action. Removes stains, tackles mildew, brightens colors, deters insects and more.

COCONUT OIL

- Removes stains, polishes and shines, removes sticky adhesives, deters insects and moisturizes. 

BORAX

- Cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, softens water, cleans wallpaper, painted walls and floors.

NOTE: We chose to omit borax from our recipes below. Though it is a natural substance and is not harmful to the environment, it does have the potential to disrupt the reproductive system if ingested... and we'd rather not take that risk with kids around!
 

learn more about these ingredients at HealthyChild.ORG >>
 

DIY RECIPES FOR NATURAL CLEANERS

The recipes below were given to us by the team at Healthy Child Healthy World. Give them a go!
TIP : Don't go out and buy empty bottles. Re-cycle your bottles from previous cleaners already in your home. Just rinse well, peel off the label and create one of your own, or just use a sharpie directly on the old bottle. We used chalkboard labels and a white china marker. Wipes off with your new Glass and Window Cleaner!

1. ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER

MIX 1/2 teaspoon of washing soda, 1/2 teaspoon of plant-based liquid soap and 2 cups of hot water.

SHAKE WELL and ADD to a spray bottle. 

2. DISINFECTING CLEANER

MIX 1/4 teaspoon liquid soap, 4 tablespoons white vinegar and 3 cups hot water. 

ADD to a spray bottle.

3. glass + window cleaner

COMBINE a 1:1 mixture of water and white vinegar.

(To remove the waxy build-up left behind by conventional glass cleaners, add 1/2 teaspoon of liquid soap to 1 cup each of water and white vinegar)
 

A FEW MORE TO KEEP AROUND THE HOUSE...

We've put together some extra recipes for you to try which will keep your home feeling fresh and smelling delicious. PLUS a little natural recipe for you crafters, too.
 

CITRUS HOUSEHOLD CLEANER
 

PEEL an orange and a lemon.

PLACE the peels inside a jar.

POUR vinegar over the peels to fill the jar.

COVER with a lid and SIT for a week or two.

WHEN READY to use, strain the liquid and discard the peels.

ADD to a large spray bottle and dilute it with 2 cups of water.

SHAKE TO MIX.

 

FABRIC SOFTENER
 

MIX 2 cups of white vinegar with 8-10 drops of essential oil.

We used rosemary oil to scent our softener.

 

GOO GONE ALTERNATIVE
 

MELT 1/3 cup coconut oil.

MIX the melted coconut oil with 1/3 cup baking soda.

USE this goo gone substitute to remove stickers and other adhesives.

 

TILE AND TUB CLEANER
 

CUT an orange (grapefruit/lemon/lime) in half.

SPRINKLE fruit with salt.

WET the surface you intend to clean with water and 

SPRINKLE more salt.

SCRUB the area with your halved fruit.

JUICE slightly as you go.

 

AIR FRESHENER
 

OPEN the windows and let fresh air enter.

MIX essential oils with water in a spray can.

USE one cup of water with 10 drops of essential oils.

SHAKE WELL

We used rosemary oil to scent our air freshener.

DO YOU HAVE SOME PLASTIC BOTTLES LEFT OVER FROM OLD CLEANING PRODUCTS? HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO REUSE THEM >>

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