Have you ever noticed how irritating many name-brand cleaning supplies are?
Many of us ignore those harsh irritants and happily spray away without realizing that
some of the ingredients in these cleaners are potentially-harmful.
Did you know that a number of ingredients have been linked to asthma, allergies
chemical burns, poisonings and even cancer.
Some cleaning supplies are so harmful that the Environmental Working Group (EWG)
conducted extensive research and developed a “Guide to Healthy Cleaning“ to help
us make safer choices about which household cleaning products we use in our homes.
“Environmental Working Group’s investigation of more than 2,000 cleaning supplies
on the American market has found that many contain substances linked to serious
EWG concludes that:
Fumes from some cleaning products may induce asthma in otherwise healthy individuals.
A large and growing body of evidence links frequent use of many ordinary cleaning supplies
at home or on the job with development of asthma and other respiratory problems.
It is already known that cleaning product fumes may trigger attacks in persons previously
diagnosed with asthma.
Common cleaning ingredients can be laced with the carcinogenic impurity 1,4-dioxane.
Independent tests have detected the presence of 1,4-dioxane in numerous name-brand
Other products contain preservatives that release low levels of cancer-causing formaldehyde.
Children born to women who held cleaning jobs while pregnant have an elevated risk of birth
defects, according to a 2010 study by the New York State Department of Health.
Some cleaners can cause chemical burns and poisonings as well as less severe irritations
Severe physical reactions signal that consumers should take care anytime they use
Despite these health concerns, cleaning product labels often do not give consumers enough
information about their ingredients to allow people to make informed decisions on which
ones are safer and which ones might harm their health.”
A Safer, Green Alternative
In view of these findings, why buy harsh commercial cleansers with questionable ingredients
when you can create your own safer, cheaper yet effective homemade versions using citrus peels?
What makes them so effective?
Citrus peels contain oil called D-limonene which is a powerful solvent for dirt and especially grease.
Plus, citrus cleaners leave your home smelling fresh and clean!
Now add the scent and power of lemons to the amazing attributes of white vinegar
and voila, you have an effective, non-toxic lemon citrus vinegar all-purpose cleaner.
For me, vinegar is the superhero of “green” household cleaning products.
I use it in various ways to keep my home sparkling clean.
Using white distilled vinegar as an all-around cleaner is preferable to store
bought harsh, toxic chemical blends because it is safe to use.
One reason some people may steer clear of using vinegar is because of the not so pleasant aroma.
Well, you don’t have to worry because even though it doesn’t smell too good when you’re using it
when it dries there no smell at all!
I have been saving lemon peels from my daily warm lemon water alkalizing drink, so now
I have a jar full.
It’s time to whip up a new batch of lemon citrus vinegar.
Lemon Citrus Vinegar All-Purpose Cleanser
A large glass jar with a lid
A spray bottle
Fill a glass jar with clean chopped citrus peels.
Pour vinegar over the peels until they are completely covered.
Tighten the lid on the jar.
Allow the mixture to sit, occasionally shaking the jar to mix the liquid.
After about four weeks, strain the mixture through a mesh strainer and into a spray bottle.
I used a funnel to make sure none of my precious green cleaner spilled.
I use my lemon citrus vinegar cleanser to clean countertops, stovetops, appliances,
floors and glass.
I keep one bottle in the kitchen and another in the bathroom.
I absolutely love the aroma it leaves in my home and I feel so much better about using
this safe, eco-friendly product around my family.
Best of all, I made it by myself!
Have you made your own natural cleaning products?
Share your experiences, thoughts and comments with us.