Before you start reading I want you to do me a favor. Go to the cabinet where you keep your cleaners, pull them out and look for an ingredient list. Can’t find one can you? Magic erasers, Scrubbing Bubbles, your dishwasher detergent they are all lacking an ingredient list. In fact only 7% of cleaning products disclose their contents. If the ingredients do happen to be on the bottle of cleaner you are holding, can you pronounce any of them? Do you know what any of them are? People wash their dishes and clean their home daily with toxic chemicals, and are not even aware of what they are exposing themselves and their families to. I was guilty of it too. Until I realized there was a better way to clean. Better for the environment, for my family and cheaper! With the use of Essential Oils I was able to throw out nearly all of my old cleaners, and fill my cupboards with homemade products instead. Essential Oils have powerful antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. They have a fresh scent and combined with the right ingredients are power house cleaning products.
Ammonia, Silica, Butoxyethanol and Methylene Chloride are just a few of the common chemicals that can be found in household cleaners. The Department of Health and Human services lists all cleaners on their website along with known health risks. When you look at the health risks associated with a product, many of them say unknown. There are caution warnings for women who are pregnant and the use around pets. A majority of European countries have outlawed common chemicals found in American cleaners due to their links to cancer. These chemicals can be inhaled, absorbed through your skin, and ingested by residue left over on your dishes. Almost all cleaners are deadly if ingested in even small amounts, and can cause respiratory issues if the room is not well ventilated while the product is being used.
Aside from the health risk, commercial cleaners also threaten our environment. The harsh chemicals are washed into our water systems and sprayed into the air. Packaging waste fills our landfills, and aerosol cans are not properly disposed of. Household cleaners are supposed to be disposed of in the same manner as paint and batteries due to the hazards they pose to the environment, but are often simply thrown out. Production of these cleaners produces large amounts of green house gases and are linked to allergen and asthma irritants within a home. Many come with warnings that say they can be hazardous to domesticated animals, posing not just a threat to wildlife but to your pets as well.
You can replace all of those harmful cleaners with just a few simple ingredients. Baking soda, borax, Bonners Soap, Epson salt, Vinegar and Essential Oils. With those ingredients you can make laundry detergent, dishwasher tablets, disinfectants, carpet cleaner, and anything else you would need to keep your home clean. The recipes are simple and easy, with most requiring only two ingredients. By mixing 20-25 drops of Thieves or Lemon Essential Oil in a glass spray bottle, you have a disinfectant that kills up to 99% of germs. Mixing lemon Essential Oil with baking soda creates a powerful shower and toilet scrub. While simply diffusing Purification can neutralize odors and remove impurities from the air. It may be hard to believe that these cleaners work as well as store bought, but aside from my personal testimonial you can find many more linked here along with recipes.
You significantly reduce your impact on the environment by making your own cleaners. Using glass containers to store your homemade products enables you to help keep plastic containers out of the environment. All the products you would need to create your homemade cleaners come in packaging that is easily recycled and reused. You would no longer have to worry about the need to dispose of your products as hazardous waste. Or the ramifications of the environment by their use. The FDA considers most Essential Oils generally safe to consume, giving you peace of mind while using them while pregnant, around your children, and pets.
Not only is making your own cleaners better for your health and the environment, it is cheaper. The average family spends close to $800 a year on household cleaning products. A box of Cascade Complete dishwasher packs cost around $15 dollars or $0.44 for a single pack. Using a homemade recipe of Baking Soda, Washing Soda, and Lemon Essential Oil. I can make dishwasher detergent for around $0.5 a cube. The ingredients I used to make that detergent can also be used for laundry detergent, bathroom scrubs and more. Even if you don’t want to take the time to make your own products, Young Livings cleaning line is safe for you and the environment while still being cost effective.
With a little effort you can have a big impact on your health and the environment. Making your own cleaning products is safer, healthier, and cheaper. You will find independence and peace of mind when you take the time to make your world a better place. Not only will your home be cleaner but you will be making a positive impact on the planet. Take all of those toxic chemical out of your house and replace them with Essential Oils. Make 2015 the year you change not only your life but the world around you!