Stay Safe, Go Green Around the Home

Aveda’s roots lie in natural and holistic medicine. We pride ourselves on being the first in bringing holistic beauty care to the west. Now it’s very popular to be green – in many different areas of our lives… from skincare to health to everyday life, including our homes. 

It’s no secret that conventional home cleaners have toxic chemicals in them. Maybe you’re looking around for alternative options. You can keep your family safer and save money at the same time by making your own cleaning products. Yes, really! 

You can keep your family safer and save money at the same time by making your own cleaning products. The biggest advantage is that you know exactly what is in them. Look at the label of any store-bought cleaner. You can only wonder at the ingredients with unpronounceable names, what they do, and what effects they cause. 

Problems with store-bought products
Toilet bowl cleaners, sink scrubs, dishwasher gels and tablets, assorted sprays for windows, mirrors, metal, stovetops, and plastic—the number of cleaners in the market is staggering. Researchers working for large corporations put effort into finding the best chemicals to remove stains, get rid of pests, sanitize everything, and remove grime. But all of this cleanliness comes with a big cost. The chemicals that work so well can have side effects. Some are short-term and other cumulative and long-term. People can be allergic to specific chemicals, ending up with rashes or watery eyes. But others have effects on everyone who uses them. Repeated exposure can result in cancer, burns, respiratory problems, dizziness, and even poisoning.

Homemade products

Easy-to-make recipes for all types of cleaners abound online. Websites that are devoted to family, going green, and saving money all have long lists for you to try. Take some time to investigate the recipes. Find a few that work for you and replace your store-bought products.

  • Every home should have at least one homemade all-purpose spray cleaner. It is easy to make and will work on wood, fabric, floors, sinks, and bathrooms. The recipe is simple: use two teaspoons of borax, one teaspoon of washing soda, one-half cup of white vinegar, two cups of water and one-half teaspoon of dish soap. Put into a spray bottle and you’re ready to clean just about anything! 
  • Another good one to try is a tub and tile cleaner. Simply mix one and two-thirds cup baking soda, one-half cup dish soap, and a cup of water. After it is mixed, add two tablespoons of vinegar. Apply it on the tub and the tile surrounding it. It will get rid of the residue and gunk. 
  • For countertops in the kitchen, here is a homemade soft scrub that cleans dirt but is gentle on the counter. Mix together baking soda and dish soap until it is the consistency you want. Then spread on a cloth or directly on the countertop, wipe, and rinse. Make only enough for a single cleaning because it dries out quite quickly. 
  • For help with dusting, simply use a damp cloth. This picks up and actually removes the dust. When you use a dry cloth, it moves the dust just enough to stir it up. When you’re ready to polish your furniture, use oil mixed with vinegar, an equal amount of both. Some people swear by olive oil, but woodworkers insist it should be linseed oil, also called flaxseed oil. Use the kind found in health food stores, not the linseed oil that is sold at the home improvement center. 

The time and effort you put into homemade products will save you money today and your health in the future.