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DIY All-Natural Household Cleaners

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Avoid VOC’s in your home with all-natural household cleaners. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside your home is more polluted than outdoor air, partially due to volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are commonly found in the chemicals of commercial cleaning products. Versatile, all-natural, household cleaners include vinegar, baking soda, salt, lemons, washing soda, castile soap and essential oils. Learn how to use these natural products and what to look for when purchasing them.

When I decided to stop using harsh chemical cleaning products in my house and to find environmentally safe alternatives, I didn’t have to look far. I just called my mother. People who have been cleaning since before synthetic formulas became widely available (after World War II) know what works. So, with help from my mother, the library, various environmental groups and some recent, ecologically conscious household-hints books, I experimented. I adapted. I experimented some more. And eventually I came up with my own arsenal of formulas for modern-day green household cleaners. Learn more:

 

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8 thoughts on “DIY All-Natural Household Cleaners

  1. Thank you. I’m suprised to see that “synthetic cleaners” as you say are a relatively new phenomenon. Did not know they existed only after World War II which would be about the 1940s/1950s.

    Thank you for the help. I appreciate it.

  2. Nonsense. Bacteria are bacteria. They don’t come with labels. They don’t vary structurally in ways that easily differentiate them as beneficial or harmful. Vinegar doesn’t differentiate between them. It’s not an effective disinfectant.

    Baking soda deodorizes? Mix it with ammonia and sniff. How’d it work? It doesn’t ‘degrease’. It’s not a surfactant. Nor is vinegar. Nor is washing soda.

    Castile soap, as marketed these days, is made from palm and coconut oils, with olive oil coming in third.

    EOs are VOCs. Avoid inhalation!

  3. I’m sorry but washing soda needs to remain in contact with the item for 30 minutes in order to disinfect. It is not a good disinfectant.

    Also, you added lemon to baking soda. That’s rule number one! It’s the same as adding vinegar to baking soda. The acid and base react and the result is mostly water and no actually cleaning happens.

    1. Baking soda and lemon juice—> sodium citrate, a chelate. Can remove hard water deposits.

  4. This other person could save his negativity for his own reflection in the mirror.
    Now, thank you for awesome video.
    The only thing I winder is why you didn’t include Borax in your excellent combo?
    Maybe that is what I use instead of Castile soap and its way cheaper. And as far as I know it is safe to use.

    1. @Vija Sarkane I have read that Borax can be an irritant and can also cause hormone disruption. There seems to be a lot of controversy over it – I think it’s up to the individual to do the research and then decide whether or not Borax is something they want to use. There are so many things out there these days that are controversial, so I know how you feel… Nothing is ever black and white. Just keep doing your research, though, and you should be able to stay up to date on things. 🙂 Hope that helps!

  5. the castile soap you had shown is false castile soap. true castile soap if not from castile Spain can only be made from olive only were as yours is labeled castile but made with several other oils along with olive oil. now it should be called Bastile soap. further castile, bastile and the original Nablouse soap (Nabluse Israel) are solid and if in liquid form its due to chemical additives. not healthy but hipsters don’t really care to know the truth now do they?

  6. I found this video so neat! ive used bleach and water in a spray bottle for the past  38 years and i so wish i knew mother earth and her knowledge was available to me back then…..im trying not to feel guilty for millions still use harsh chemicals  today and now i am going to try this,hope i can find the super washing powder for ive never seen it on any shelf before.Thanx so much !

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