I made my own cleaner the other day. When my bottle of Green Works all-purpose cleaner ran out, I put in vinegar, water, baking soda and Castile soap.
It works great. It cost about 2 cents. It cleaned my table and counters great and I’m healthier.
I had looked up most of my household cleaners on EWG.org to find out how safe they are since I’ve been suffering from a recent onset of Asthma at the ripe old age of 37. I was dismayed to find products like Dreft and Green Works “environmentally friendly” cleaners and detergents scored an “F”. It was eye opening.
Here are a couple things I learned:
“EWG’s key scientific findings:
Some 53 percent of cleaning products assessed by EWG contain ingredients known to harm the lungs. About 22 percent contain chemicals reported to cause asthma to develop in otherwise healthy individuals.
Formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen, is sometimes used as a preservative or may be released by other preservatives in cleaning products. It may form when terpenes, found in citrus and pine oil cleaners and in some essential oils used as scents, react with ozone in the air.
The chemical 1,4-dioxane, a suspected human carcinogen, is a common contaminant of widely-used detergent chemicals.”
So as I finish bottles of things. I’ll make the home-made, cheap, healthy version. We’re old school. We’re going crunchy. We’re gonna kick the Asthma. We’re gonna breathe easy in our home.