My sis took this silly picture of me a few years ago, cleaning her kitchen with a homemade cleaner. I'm a homemade cleaner freak now. My poor friends. I've even been known to give cleaning products away as baby shower gifts. I know I've gone over the edge! I love the fact that homemade cleaning products are safer, healthier, less expensive and better for the environment.
Ever since reading a book called “Clean House, Clean Planet: Clean Your House for Pennies a Day, The Safe Nontoxic Way” by Karen Logan, I started getting more interested in the subject. What really pushed me over the edge was going to a homemade cleaners class put on by my new FB friend, Mary. I was able to see how easy it really was to make your own laundry soap, dishwasher soap, multi-purpose cleaner, "Comet" and window cleaner. Those are the only cleaners I use now. I literally went through all my cupboards and got rid of everything that wasn't homemade. It is nice to have more cupboard space and not have to worry about the kids getting into toxic cleaners.
Why are Homemade Cleaning Products Safer and Healthier?
•Skin is a like a sponge. Even chemicals breathed in can be rapidly absorbed into you bloodstream.
•Healthier for our environment (re-using the containers, non-toxic)
•Many store-bought cleaning products can be fatal to children when ingested, or extremely irritation to the skin.
•Safer for the environment
The Bad Guys
•Bleach *Naphthalene *Butyl
•cellosolve *Hydrofluoric acid
•Cresol *Petroleum distillates
•Dye *Phosphoric acid
•Alcohol *Formaldehyde *Ammonia
•Hydrochloric Acid *Phenol *PDCBs
•Ethanol *Propellents *Lye
•Sulfuric acid *TCE *Glycols
The Good Guys
•Baking Soda *Washing Soda
•Castile and Vegetable Oil or Animal Oil (tallow, lard)
•Lemon or lime juice *Citric Acid
•White Distilled Vinegar *Distilled Water
Are Homemade Cleaners Less Expensive?
•They’re WAY less expensive!
•Very easy to make
•Homemade laundry soap costs less than $3.00 for 10 gallons
•Multi-purpose cleaner costs about 25 cents for 16 oz
•Dishwasher Soap 12 cents per load