Why make your own cleaning products? Because the ones on the market are bad for you!
Many hazards can be found in the average household from things we use every day and don't think twice about. Taking care of a busy home often requires a lot of cleaning up to ensure that the areas you inhabit are as germ-free as possible, keeping your family happy and healthy. But the very things that are meant to protect us from germs and keep our houses spotless are also sometimes the source of further harm to our bodies. Many of the popular cleaning products on the shelves at your local supermarket are full of harmful chemicals that can enter the air and get into your system without you ever realizing it. They have VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which evaporate at room temperature and often make people sick. Products like air masking agents have these — so instead of covering odors up, you can try absorbing odors with things like vinegar and baking soda in a much safer way.
We think you shouldn't have to sacrifice the health of you, or your family, by being forced to choose the lesser of two evils. We all like things that smell pretty, but stick to more natural materials rather than with products with VOCs in them. Below we've shared some recipes for green cleaning using many items you're likely to already have somewhere in your pantry or home. They'll help you run a safer household and might even save you some money in the process — and we'd call that a win-win.
Published on February 2, 2015