Chemical-Free Cleaning Supplies & How to Make Your Own!

Published on March 7th, 2016

Are you tired of the harsh chemicals and bleaches in your cleaning supplies? Although they may leave the surface of your stove spotless, what are they doing to the environment, and more importantly, what are they doing to your family’s health?

 

Here is a list of some recommended products with fair trade & natural ingredients. These will leave your home spotless & your conscious clear!


  1. Dr. Bronner’s soap - This can be found at many local grocery chains and specialty health stores, such as, Whole Foods. People rave about this product. The Pure-Castile soap can be used for washing your hair, washing dishes, to washing clothes! It’s the only soap you’ll ever need and it comes in many different scents.

  2. Mrs. Meyer’s soaps – These are made from plant-based ingredients and come in backyard garden-inspired scents. Mrs. Thelma A. Meyer wanted to create a product that “smells like a garden, cleans like the dickens!” She’s definitely done it! Her products are no-nonsense and all natural, with a wide variety of home cleaning & body care.

  3. Method - Is soap with style. With beautifully designed hand soap containers and fun fresh scents, you may never want to leave the bathroom. Method uses biodegradable ingredients, you can read all about them on their website.

  4. Seventh Generation – This company believes it’s time for the cleaning industry to #ComeClean! They offer free samples on their website and their packaging is made from 100% recycled plastic. They offer mostly cleaning products, but also some baby and feminine care as well made from 100% cotton with no artificial dyes or bleach.


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For the eco- and budget-conscious consumer there are limitless ways to make your own soap. Below are some simple recipes to make your own products using ingredients you probably already have at home!

 

All Purpose Cleaner: Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons borax) into 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water. This mixture is perfect for cleaning your shower, bathroom fixtures, windows, mirrors, etc. To enhance the scent, squeeze some lemon juice in it.

 

Shampoo: Scoop one tablespoon of baking soda with 1-2 cups warm water into a bottle with a lid and shake until dissolved. For conditioner, follow the last method but use apple cider vinegar instead of baking soda. This method is perfect to cleaning toxins and pollutants out of your hair. To add a nice scent, squeeze a few drops of your favorite essential oil into the conditioner or shampoo. You can also add fresh herbs, like lavender or rosemary.

 

Kitchen sink: To freshen up your kitchen and clean your garbage disposal, drop some leftover lemons that you have juiced (or other citrus fruit) down the disposal. When you turn it on, you will instantly smell the fresh citrus take over the room.

 

So, there you have it! Being clean and eco-friendly is a breeze! If you have any questions, please reach out to a member of the Housing Buzz Team today!

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