Take a trip down the supermarket aisles and you’ll find an abundance of products to clean every surface in your home. We use them to disinfect counters, strip away grease, remove stains, and polish wood. But many of these products can be a double-edged sword.
To keep our families safe and healthy, we use a variety of products to kill germs and fight mold and mildew. A couple common household cleaners are ammonia and chlorine bleach. Bleach can help whiten clothes, remove stains, and is a great antimicrobial agent. Ammonia is an agent used in glass and surface cleaners, as well as oven-cleaning solutions. However, bleach can be toxic when ingested or combined with vinegar or ammonia. Ammonia is generally a non-toxic cleaner, but can irritate the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes.
These are just a couple examples of household products that can be dangerous, even if used properly. Take a look at the labels of your other cleaning products and you’re sure to find a number of other toxic substances. However, there are alternatives and you can find many of them in your own home. By mixing and matching, you can create solutions for various situations. You’ll need a few basics if you want to create your own non-toxic home cleaners. (more…)