(photo courtesy of Daryl Rantis, Architect)
Are you ready to scout out "safe alternatives" to harsh household chemicals? Are you set to eliminate what can be toxic for you and your family?? Then, read on for a clue-in about harmful ingredients and how you can not only improve the indoor air quality of your living spaces, but have a positive impact on public health.
Take a quick peek at some happy product alternatives. Below you will find concoctions that can help you
take charge of mildew and mold and clean
cutting boards and countertops with non-toxic results. Here also is an
alphabetical list of a few household toxins you
may choose to do without- starting with indoor air quality (IAQ).
Go ahead and add a bit of magic in the air
TEST YOUR IAQ
INDOOR AIR QUALITY QUIZ
WHICH COULD BE HARMFUL?
Here's a quick test for you. In terms of chemical reactions and/or indoor air quality, which of the following do you think could be harmful? Check out this list of popular products on the market.
_____ bleach ___copper cleaner ___drain cleaner ____ window cleaner
_____fabric softener ___ perfume ___ standard candles ___ carpet cleaner
The left-hand column below provides a short list of potentially harmful products. On the right you will notice others to consider as alternatives. After this, you may simply opt for "good old-fashioned" hand-made remedies for cleaning and polishing you indoor spaces.
THE POTENTIALLY HARMFUL
Bleach (EPA-registered pesticide)
Counter top (marble)
THE FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVES
instead of bleach- white vinegar, borax, lemon juice, summer sun
instead of carpet cleaner- corn meal , baking soda + 20 drops essential oil,steam clean
with a vinegar-water
instead of copper cleaner- lemon juice
instead try - spray bottle with 1 tablespoon
Insects go away (ants)
Mildew be gone
lemon juice, distilled hot water and sea salt, few drops of essential oil
rinse drain then pour a cup of baking soda down followed by boiling water
simply add a small scoop of baking soda during rinse cycle
several drops of eucalyptus oil and vinegar
extra virgin olive oil, lemon grass oil, vinegar
vinegar in water-wipe with newspaper
bay leaf in drawer, cayenne powder in holes, mint pots by door to home
P.S. THIS MAY BE THE ULTIMATE ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER
This may be YOUR ULTIMATE All-Purpose cleaner .
Not only does it work (try it for yourself!) but putting it together is fun. And you can enjoy the comments you receive.
You can find this All-Purpose cleaner at Lexie: Naturals .
The Silver Sage tested it. She added her own * twist * ... .you can do that, too!
Recycled Glass containers
(Or any other citrus fruit peels. This makes it smell great plus it adds cleaning power.)
1-2 TBS Salt (*sea salt-Silver Sage)
Essential oil (* Silver Sage used lemon grass oil- 10 drops-)
Mixing It Up:
Step One: Cut orange peels ... fill any empty glass containers you have on hand. If you don't have glass containers you can fill any containers that you have.
Step Two: Add [sea] salt to the orange peels and let them sit for 20-30 minutes (or longer). This will pull the oils from the peels and ultimately make your cleaning solution stronger. You only need enough salt to lightly cover the peels.
Step Three: Fill the containers with vinegar and water... 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water because my solution smelled a tad bit too much like vinegar.
Step Four: Put a TIGHT FITTING lid on the jars and let the solution sit and be pretty for 2-3 weeks. The longer it sits the better. Jars make conversation starters ((*:*))
ONE STEP FURTHER: Find out about how you can deal with harmful air-borne elements from indoors- from stale air, to toxic pollutants given off by building materials, and possibly radon gas which seeps into buildings from soil through small openings in foundations -