Recently I started a series on how to detoxify your personal hygiene and beauty products and included a couple good recipes for home-made toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioning treatment, and other products.
Today I’m focusing on the monster underneath your kitchen sink. Let’s face it, nobody wants nasty counter tops or dirty floors, but is it worth breathing in the chemicals found in most commercial cleaners? News flash: toxins are bad for you. Ok, you and I both already know we shouldn’t go around huffing laundry soap, but the health effects are actually much worse than I originally thought. Not only are indoor environments on average 2 – 5 times more toxic than the outdoors, but the toxins we rely on to keep things sparkly-fresh can actually cause cancer: “The International Agency for Research on Cancer and the World Health Organization have concluded that 80% of all cancers are attributed to environmental rather than genetic factors, including exposure to carcinogenic chemicals, many of which are found in household cleaning products.” (source)
Alright, alright, I know you get it by now and I’m tired of hitting the horse.
Here’s the point: there’s a better way. Detoxifying your cleaning supply cabinet can be just as rewarding as cleaning up your diet and beauty products, and in fact it’s much easier, and carries no risk of a bad hair day. You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. The recipes that I included here work just as well as the commercial goops, and the all-natural cleaning supplies you’ll learn to make are economical, easy to put together, and most importantly, don’t harm your health and the environment.
So let’s get down and dirty with our soap factory!
We’ll start with 5 basic cleaning supplies. I collected recipes around the web and included links below.
Step 1: get your ingredients (I recommend you order it all at once on Amazon, but you can probably find them all at your local department store as well if you are lucky)
- 1x 20 Mule Team Borax
- 1x Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
- 1x Citric Acid
- 1x Kosher Salt
- 4x Fels Naptha bar
- 1x Vinegar
- 1x Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap
- Essential oils – variety pack (this seems to be a good deal)
Optional – you can use old containers you have at home:
- 2x storage containers for dry powder
- 1x soap dispenser
- 2x spray bottle
Step 2: print out the chart, and cook it up all at once. Keep the chart at hand in the kitchen for when you run out!
(to print, click on the chart below, it will open in a new tab, then print using the landscape layout setting)