It’s time for a reality check: many of the products we use to ‘clean’ our homes are filled with toxins and chemicals that are incredibly harmful to our health – and the environment. We confuse the smell of artificial and chemically infused scents for cleanliness. Five of the major toxins lurking in your cleaning products are Phthalates, Perc, Triclosan, Ammonia and Sodium Hydroxide. These chemicals are dangerous for the body, causing damage to the livers, kidneys, brain and even the nervous system. Often they are even cancerous and corrosive, causing severe chemical burns. Read our helpful guide to understand the substances you should avoid their potential harm and surround yourself with an eco-friendly home.

There are ways (and simple ones) for us to avoid these chemicals and keep and maintain a safe, clean and Eco-friendly home. We’ve discovered some simple and easy recipes, and we’re excited to share them with you.

The first ingredient you’ll need is your white vinegar – chemical-free, inexpensive, and versatile. With its wide range of uses, you can use white vinegar to remove odours, stains, clean windows, carpets, and counters. Some people are a bit sensitive to the smell of vinegar but don’t worry because we’ve got some tips to help you with that. First of all, the smell of vinegar disappears very fast – so don’t worry too much about it. Second, for most cleaning jobs, you’ll be adding water to it as well. And if you’re still worried, take your orange and lemon peels, add them to the white vinegar mixture (in a closed container), and leave it for a few days. This will give it a citrus scent. You can also add a few drops of essential oils to minimize the pungent vinegar smell. Finally, make your own mixture with 50 percent vinegar and 50 percent water, and you can clean your mirrors, windows, and counters.

The second most important ingredient you’ll need is baking soda. Also, inexpensive and easy to find. Baking soda not only cleans but also removes odours. You can keep a bowl in your fridge or sprinkle some on the bottom of your trash bin (or even your shoes). One of the best ways to use it is for cleaning the toilet bowl. All you have to do is sprinkle a cup of the soda and your white vinegar, and the rest is history.

Check out these 67 homemade and all-natural cleaning recipes with the most fundamental ingredients such as rubbing alcohol, essential oils, washing soda, lemon juice and Castile soap. You have no idea how versatile these ingredients are and how close you can become to having your own chemical-free and Eco-friendly home.

Also, has a great article about 5 Easy-to-Make Homemade Carpet Cleaners that are worth checking out!

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