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20 Homemade DIY Cleaning Product Alternative’s That Every Home Needs (Natural + Toxin Free)

Cleaning Products Have a Damaging Impact on Women’s Health

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests that:

Cleaning products are necessary for maintaining attractive and healthful conditions in the home and workplace. In addition to the obvious aesthetic benefits of cleaning, the removal of dust, allergens, and infectious agents is crucial to maintaining a healthful indoor environment.

The real reality is we are damaging our DNA and we are changing our genetic makeup for future generations. There was a study a few years back that said the umbilical cord of an average American baby has over 200 known chemicals in it. Eighty percent of the common chemicals that are used daily in this country, we know almost nothing about. Our children are being born toxic and we have no idea if these toxins are already doing some sort of damage their brains, their immune system, their reproductive system, and any other developing organs. Are we unknowingly setting ourselves up for failure in the womb, even before birth?

Scientists and researchers are concerned that many of these chemicals may be carcinogenic or wreak havoc with our hormones, our body’s regulating system. But the impact of these chemicals may be most severe on the developing brain, Perera said.
Brain development is the “most complete and most rapid during the first nine months, prenatally,” she said. During that time, neural connections and pathways are being developed.
“Any interference by a physical stress like a toxic chemical or other stressor can disrupt this natural progression that is so very delicate and complex,” explained Perera.
Though the group hopes to come up with regulatory recommendations to reduce this toxic burden, there are some simple things that individuals can do to reduce their exposure.
 
Children exposed to higher levels of these pesticides have been found to have higher rates of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
 
Most products have a  warning label that is typed in bold “Keep Out of Reach of Children”.  As consumers, we believe that if our children don’t ingest these products they will not be harmed by them. This can be far from the truth. Think about other common methods of exposure are through the skin and our respiratory tract. WE are along with our children are often in contact with the chemical residues housecleaning products do leave behind, by crawling, lying and sitting on the freshly cleaned floor.
 
 

Scientists at Norway’s University of Bergen tracked 6,000 people, with an average age of 34 at the time of enrollment in the study, who used the cleaning products over a period of two decades, according to the research published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

They found that lung function decline in women who regularly used the products, such as those who worked as cleaners, was equivalent over the period to those with a 20-cigarette daily smoking habit.

Everyday chemicals carry toxic burden

These chemicals can chemicals bind together.
Exposure to phthalates has been associated with lower IQ levels.
These chemicals can also be found in the shampoos, conditioners, body sprays, hair sprays, perfumes, make up, cleaning supplies, colognes, soap and nail polish that we use.
 
The results follow a study by French scientists in September 2017 that found nurses who used disinfectants to clean surfaces at least once a week had a 24 percent to 32 percent increased risk of developing lung disease.
 
 Scientists and researchers are concerned that many of these chemicals may be carcinogenic or wreak havoc with our hormones, our body’s regulating system.
 
It’s not enough to be aware of all the outdoor chemicals that we are exposed to everyday but inside our homes we can have more power and control. We have to be more aware about using chemical cleaners, paints, glues, body lotions, toothpastes, underarm deodorants, hair products and pesticides. Instead start to begin to use products that don’t pollute our very own bodies. We must read labels, make our own products and do our own research. I can’t stress this enough. We must take a stand for our health. Stop using commercial products that are laced with unknown and harmful body damaging products.
 
Did you know that products we use every day may contain toxic chemicals and has been linked to women’s health issues? They are hidden endocrine disruptors and are very tricky chemicals that play havoc on our bodies. “We are all routinely exposed to endocrine disruptors, and this has the potential to significantly harm the health of our youth,” said Renee Sharp, EWG’s director of research. “It’s important to do what we can to avoid them, but at the same time we can’t shop our way out of the problem. We need to have a real chemical policy reform.” The longer the length of ingredients on your food label means how much more unhealthy it is for you to consume. When an item contains a host of ingredients that most likely you cant even pronounce or remember to spell you can bet your lucky dollar that the natural nutrients are long gone. These highly processed frank n foods are very difficult for the body to break down and some of the chemicals will become stored in your body. Click on this link to see what you should avoid.
 

Pesticides, herbicides, GMOs in our food, fluoride and chlorine and trace pharmaceutical residue in the water supplies, methane, carbon monoxide and industrial pollutants in the air, and the toxic chemicals in our everyday household products.

No wonder our bodies are completely bombarded and overwhelmed with the constant exposed to toxic chemicals through the air that we breathe, the water we drink, the foods we eat, and the personal care products and cleaning products we use.

Every Cell in your body responds to the foods you eat, the products you put on your body to the house hold chemicals that you purchase for your home. All of these things have a direct impact on your hormones and in return your hormones have a direct impact on every major system in your body. Not to mention that our body is lacking certain nutrients that heavily influence the function of every cell in our body. 

For starters, the three essential categories into which most of the hazardous ingredients in household cleaning products fall are:
 
1.  Carcinogens– Carcinogens cause cancer and/or promote cancer’s growth.
2.  Endocrine disruptors – Endocrine disruptors mimic human hormones, confusing the body with false signals.  Exposure to endocrine disruptors can lead to numerous health concerns including reproductive, developmental, growth and behavior problems. Endocrine disruptors have been linked to reduced fertility, premature puberty, miscarriage, menstrual problems, challenged immune systems, abnormal prostate size, ADHD, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and certain cancers.
3.  Neurotoxins – Neurotoxins alter neurons, affecting brain activity, causing a range of problems from headaches to loss of intellect
 
TAKING CUES FROM PRODUCT LABELS
 
You may find it time-consuming to research all of the ingredients in the cleaning products under the kitchen sink, in your garage or even in the bathroom but trust me. It is worth the hassle.  Over all, product warning labels can be a useful first line of defense. These companies are required by law to include label warnings on their cleaning products if harmful ingredients are included. From safest to most dangerous, the warning signals are:
 
Signal Word
Toxicity if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin*
Caution
One ounce to a pint may be harmful or fatal
Warning
One teaspoon to one ounce may be harmful or fatal
Danger
One taste to one teaspoon is fatal
 
You can reduce your exposure to them by eating organic foods, making your own cleaning chemicals and using alternative pest control methods.
 

What goes on your body, goes in your body?

Sometimes I want to shake people and say, “Wake Up”! You have the power to make a difference in your life. You’ve always had the power. People are using products on their body and in their homes and that are hormone disruptors. No one can force you to become more aware of what you put on your body and what you put in your body. What you eat is just as important as what you put on your body.   Adjusting your life, reading labels and catering to your specific health needs isn’t easy but it will benefit you in the long run. This is one of the smartest decisions that you can make. Not only will you start to look and feel better but think of the medical cost that you could be saving your future self.

 

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Bathroom Cleaner

    3 tsp baking soda

    1 TBSP of washing soda (optional)

     8 oz. very hot water

    1 TBSP Sal Suds

    About 1 cup room temperature water

    ¼ tsp lemon essential oil

    ½ tsp orange essential oil

    10 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil

    ¼ tsp clove essential oil

    OR 1 tsp of a “thieves” essential oil instead of these other blends

    16 oz. glass spray bottle

   Pour the baking soda, washing soda and hot water in the spray bottle, then the hot water. Close the lid on the bottle, and shake well until the powder dissolves. Remove the cap and then add the Sal Suds and essential oils. Fill the remainder of the bottle with water until the bottle is almost full, making sure to leave room for the sprayer lid. Give it another shake to combine the mixture and spray on the area you want to clean.  Always use a clean cloth or sponge when cleaning.

   Tub & Tile Cleaner

   1 /4 cup baking soda

    1/4 cup lemon juice

  Or 10 drops of lemon essential oil

    3 Tablespoons Epsom salt

    3 Tablespoons Sal Suds or Castile liquid soap

    1/2 cup white vinegar

   Pour the vinegar into the bottle, followed by the baking soda and Epsom salt. Shake the bottle to combine the ingredients. Add the Sal suds gently shaking the bottle to combine. Mix all ingredients in a bottle with a sealable lid.

Scrub and then rinse with water and wet clean rag.

Hard water Stain Remover

1 cup of Epsom salt

 1/2 cup of baking soda

1/4 cup of Sal suds

½ cup warm water

    Pour the warm water into the bottle, followed by the baking soda and Epsom salt. Shake the bottle to combine the ingredients. Add the Sal suds gently shaking the bottle to combine. Scrub and then rinse with water and wet clean rag.

Soap scum and residue cleaner

    1 1/2 cups baking soda

    1/2 cup natural liquid castile soap

    1/2 cup water

    2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

Pour the warm water into the bottle, followed by the baking soda and Epsom salt. Shake the bottle to combine the ingredients. Add the Sal suds gently shaking the bottle to combine. Put a small amount of this mixture onto a sponge, wash the surface, and then rinse well. 

 Homemade Grout Cleaner

1/2 cup of baking soda

 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide

 1 teaspoon of Sal Suds

½ cup warm water

    Pour the warm water into the bottle, followed by the baking soda. Allow the baking soda to dissolve. Next add the peroxide. Shake the bottle to combine the ingredients. Add the Sal suds gently shaking the bottle to combine.  Put a small amount of this mixture onto a sponge, wash the surface, and then rinse well.

 

Scented Toilet Paper Rolls

This is a cool DIY bathroom trick. Place a few drops of essential oils onto the inside of your toilet paper roll. Every time you unravel the roll, the beautiful scents will rejuvenate your bathroom!

Natural scouring cream

    1/2 cup baking soda

    18 drops of Thieves oil

    2 1/2 teaspoons liquid castile soap or Sal Suds

Mix all ingredients in a bowl lastly adding the essential oil and it will form a paste.  Put a small amount of this mixture onto a sponge, wash the surface, and then rinse well.

Non-abrasive soft scrubber

    1/4 cup baking soda

    1 teaspoon liquid castile soap or Sal Suds

    1/2 teaspoon lemon essential oil

Mix the baking soda with just enough soap to form a creamy paste. Add the lemon oil and combine well. Put a small amount of this mixture onto a sponge, wash the surface, and then rinse well.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner with hydrogen peroxide

        1/4 to 1/2 cup Hydrogen Peroxide

    1 cup Baking Soda

    3 – 5 drops Essential Oils (Lemon, Lavender, Tea Tree, thieves or Clove are great choices to disinfect and freshen the air)

1/2 cup castile soap

    Sprinkle all ingredients around the toilet bowl; hydrogen peroxide first, then baking soda, last the essential oil. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes. Scrub and then rinse well

 

Bathroom Mold disinfecting spray

You don’t have to grab bleach to get rid of mold in your bathroom. This 3 combo all natural mixture will do the trick.  I will spray the areas in my bathroom and leave it on for 10 minutes and wipe the moldy areas away. Vodka might be a little bit pricey but you won’t be breathing in toxic chemicals or having to worry about your skin absorbing a list of toxic chemicals.  Vinegar is naturally antimicrobial, tea tree is natural fungicide which can eliminate any mold or mildew problems and kills black mold spores! Don’t forget to label your spray bottle with a black permanent marker.

1 cup of white vinegar

1 cup of vodka

10 drops of tea tree oil

No need to dilute any of this mixture. Place all the ingredients in a spray bottle and label it bathroom mold killer. Mix well.  Spray onto hard surfaces where mold and mildew are growing and let this amazing combo do its cleaning. You’ll still have to scrub a bit, but with repeated use this all-natural cleaner will kill the fungus and help to prevent future growth. Shake each time before use.

Simple all natural air freshener

-clean spray bottle

-10 drops of your favorite essential oil

-2 cups of distilled water

-1 tablespoon of baking soda

Add your water to the spray bottle, next add your baking soda and your favorite essential oil. I always put the lid back on & give it a good shake to mix.  You can spray this on fabric or in the air. Just like you would any store bought synthetic air spray but without the harmful chemicals! Make sure you label all your bottles with a marker to keep track of your DIY products.

This homemade laundry detergent recipe not only keeps those harsh chemicals away but it’s also a cheaper, lasts longer and with all-natural ingredients, it’s a greener, healthier alternative to commercial chemically loaded products. There’s nothing more natural or better than natural products like vinegar, baking soda and essential oils. All my recipes are cheap and healthy plus it is an easy routine that helps to keep your clothes in top shape AND you can feel good about using these products in your home.

 Homemade powder laundry soap

    2/3 cup Super-Washing Soda

   3 tbsp. Baking Soda

    ½ cup Liquid Castile soap

5 cups of water, divided

Directions

    Bring 5 cups of water to a boil.

    Pour washing soda into a large glass bowl then slowly stir in 2 cups of boiling water until washing soda is completely dissolved. Don’t forget to label with a black permanent marker.

Homemade dryer sheets:

2 cup of vinegar

20 drops of your favorite essential oil scents.

Cut 10 pieces of fabric in wash cloths size squares.

1 glass container with a lid

Mix the vinegar and the essential oil scents in the glass container, fold your fabric and place in your jar. Give your jar a good shake and mix the solution all over your fabric.  There are two ways you can do this. 1. After you’ve already dried your clothes, turn your dryer on the no heat cycle and put a few of your dryer sheets in your dried load for about 10 minutes.  But 1st squeeze out excess liquid before you add them in the dryer the sheets should be damp not soaking wet. 2.  Remove a fabric sheet from the jar and squeeze so it is not dripping. Add a sheet to the dryer with wet laundry and dry as usual. Also, don’t be afraid to mix essential oils. Lavender, eucalyptus, lemon and rosemary are very refreshing scents when combined. My favorite homemade laundry scent combinations are:

    Zen Spa – 10 drops eucalyptus, 5 drops lavender

    Floral Dream – 8 drops ylang ylang, 8 drops jasmine

This fabric softener will keep your clothes fresh smelling for a long period of time.

 

You can also just place a wool dryer ball in your and it will naturally help soften and reduce static by bouncing and rubbing against the fabric as it dries.

 FABRIC SOFTENER RECIPE

 1 cup of hot water

 1.5 tsp of baking soda

 3.5 cups apple cedar vinegar

 20 drops of essential oil (your choice).

Large plastic bottle

Place the hot water in the bottle. Next add the apple cedar vinegar and the baking soda. Don’t worry its normal for the chemical reaction to create bubbles. After bubbles go away, add the essential oils. Place the lid on it and give it a good shake. Store it on a dark, cool place. You can use also create a large batch and use this natural softener by adding it in washing machine or soaking your clothes in it. This fabric softener will keep your clothes fresh smelling for a long period of time. Don’t forget to label with a black permanent marker.

 

Honey Vanilla Bubble Bath Recipe

    1/2 cup jojoba, almond, or olive oil

    1/4 cup local, raw or Manuka honey

    1/2 cup Dr. Bonners Liquid Castile Soap

     3 tablespoons of baking soda

   3 tablespoons of Epsom salt

    1 egg white

    1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl or Mason jar and then pour 1/4 to 1/2 cup under running water. This bubble bath doesn’t have any preservatives and it contains egg whites therefore it has a short lifespan. I keep this in my fridge and use it within a week. The egg white is the key to making your bathwater frothy and bubbly.

DIY Liquid Hand Soap

    1/2 cup Dr. Bronners Liquid Castile Soap

    1/2 cup distilled water

    1 TB vitamin E oil (optional)

    1 TB sweet almond oil or olive oil or jojoba oil (optional)

    5 drops lemon essential oil

    5 drops lavender essential oil

    In a Mason jar or recycled soap dispenser, add the water first (to prevent bubbles) then the liquid castile soap, followed by the oils. Shake the ingredients together.

    Shake the soap dispenser before using, then squirt a small amount on your hands as needed, rinsing with water.

 

Natural Citrus Antibacterial Liquid Hand Soap

    1/2 cup Dr. Bonners Liquid Castile Soap

    1/2 cup distilled water

    1 TB vitamin E oil

    1 TB sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, olive oil or jojoba oil

    5 drops lemon essential oil

    5 drops On Guard essential oil

    In a Mason jar or recycled soap dispenser, add the water first (to prevent bubbles) then the liquid castile soap, followed by the oils. Shake the ingredients together.

    Shake the soap dispenser before using, then squirt a small amount on your hands as needed, rinsing with water.

Homemade Shaving Cream

    1 cup shea butter

    1 cup virgin coconut oil

     3 Tablespoons vitamin E oil

    3 Tablespoons sweet almond oil or olive oil or jojoba oil

     3 Tablespoons Dr. Bonners Liquid Castile Soap

     30 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)

     30 drops of lemon essential oil (optional)

I like to use an electric mixer, mixing all ingredients until stiff peaks are formed (approximately 2-3 minutes). Store in a mason jar with a sealable lid.

 

 
 
Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your ThyroidThe Ultimate guide to healing hypothyroidism and  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way. You can find all these books on Amazon.  You can also find her actively involved in her Facebook Group : Healing Hypothyroidism. This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

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