Cleaning with Herbs

Herb Companion Online Magazine emailed this article to me today, and I like it so much I thought it’d be fun to share! I love my family, and our vibrant health, and feel it is my job to cultivate, nurture and protect our health, by making informed choices about what we use to clean our bodies and our home! I want to encourage healthy beneficial microbes to live in my home environment, and want to limit our exposure to any chemicals that can be harmful. I just love DIY recipes to clean naturally and healthfully 🙂
With spring peeking around the corner, it’s time for that annual ritual associated with the season: spring cleaning. Time to eliminate the fusty odors of winter and make our homes ready to welcome fresh air and sunshine. It’s an ancient tradition, accompanied these days by the most up-to-date cleaning solutions and deodorizers Western science can provide. But, as many of us are now discovering by reading the labels or simply noticing our bodies’ reactions, these products — the plug-ins, sprays, polishes and detergents — can be shockingly laden with sometimes very nasty chemicals. Happily, you don’t have to choose between your health and your home’s cleanliness: A few simple ingredients can create cleaning products that are healthy, effective and smell absolutely great.

Here are some of the bad reasons why I wrote this: ammonia, bleach, butylcellosolve, cresol, dye, ethanol, formaldehyde, glycol, hydrochloric acid, hydrofluoric acid, napthalene, paradichlorobenzenes, perchloroethylene, petroleum distillates, phenol, phosphoric acid, propellants, sulfuric acid, and trichloroethylene.

I found these chemicals listed on the labels of popular cleaning formulas. Each is dangerous and most considered hazardous waste. Are they fun to use? No! Effective? You bet — but they cost plenty, both in dollars and risk to the environment.
Natural Cleaning Products Recipes:

• Carnauba and Lavender Furniture Wax
• Eucalyptus, Lavender and Tea Tree Spray
• Lemon-Mint Window Wash
• Spritz-and-Spray Toilet Bowl Cleaner
• Eucalyptus-Mint All-Purpose Disinfecting Soap for Kitchen and Bath
• Grapefruit Abrasive Cleanser

Here are the good reasons for this article, along with descriptions of the ways each benefits home-keeping.

Read more: http://www.herbcompanion.com/Health/Clean-Deep-Clean-Sweet-with-Herbs.aspx#ixzz1kOr1UISL

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