Author Jean Morrison
Make your own general cleaner
Does your home contain umpteen bottles and spray cans full of a variety of cleaners? Do you use different products for different cleaning jobs? We have been trained to think that a variety of cleaners are necessary and that we aren't doing the job properly unless we use an array of products.
Sadly, most of the commercial products we use are full of harmful chemicals and some are exceedingly toxic. If you take even a light whiff of some of them then your breath will be taken away.
Chemical cleaners are wiped around toilet seats, baths and kitchen surfaces. Our clothes are drenched in them each time we do the washing. Our dishes are coated in them when they are washed. A lot of cleaning products are absorbed by our skin. Many are carcinogenic and can affect our central nervous system. Even if we wear gloves for cleaning we can ingest fumes that can cause myriad problems to our respiratory system alone.
So far we have only mentioned the affect on our bodies but what about the affect on our environment. Anything that goes down our drains or is sprayed into the air can cause an environmental impact. There are enough toxins in our ecosystems now without us adding to them when we don't need to use such harmful products.
The cleaners listed below are multi-purpose cleaners that can be used for a variety of surfaces.
Make your own multi-purpose cleaner:
Multi-purpose cleaner method 1:
Simply put a small amount of liquid soap on a damp cloth. Soap is, by its very nature, anti bacterial.
Multi-purpose cleaner method 2:
Mix 1/2 teaspoon washing soda with a small squirt of liquid soap and 2 cups hot water. Mix until soda is dissolved. Pour into 500 ml spray bottle. This spray is handy for all manner of everyday cleaning jobs
Did you know:
When buying products in the shops don't be taken in by vague terms such as "eco-friendly" or "natural". Look for details such as "plant-based", "no solvents" or "no phosphates".
Don't buy products that list the active ingredients as chlorine or ammonia. Both can cause respiratory and skin irritation and will create toxic fumes if accidentally mixed together.
Back to the main index for further Green Cleaning recipes you can make.