Recently I spoke in front of a hall full of pregnant women. What a joy to see all those round bellies, and even more of a pleasure — given that this was a meeting of the Holistic Moms Network — to know how well-intentioned this group is towards their families’ health and the environment.
I gave them all sorts of tips to detox their homes, hoping to ease their minds about how easy it is to accomplish the task. I also gave them my mainstay list for non-toxic cleaning, the five kitchen cupboard ingredients I believe will clean everything in the home, and I’d like to share it with you as well:
- Baking soda: A non-abrasive cleaner made from soda ash, baking soda is slightly alkaline (its pH is around 8.1; 7 is neutral). It neutralizes acid-based odors in water, and adsorbs odors from the air. Baking soda is indispensable for numerous household cleaning tasks.
- Washing soda: A heavy-duty cleaner and a solvent alternative. Washing soda is a chemical neighbor of baking soda, although more alkaline and even caustic (so wear gloves) — but without harmful fumes.
- White distilled vinegar: Studies show that vinegar kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs. Among its many cleaning uses, vinegar is excellent for removing stains, including berry juice, tomato sauce and ink.
- Vegetable oil–based soap or detergent. I like Sodasan, Murphy Oil Soap, Infinity Heavenly Horsetail and Life Tree Home Soap.
- Tea tree oil: A broad-spectrum fungicide.
Well, they aren’t all kitchen cupboard ingredients, but they’re all easy enough to come by or make at home. You can find washing soda in the laundry section of most supermarkets, and look for vegetable-oil soap or detergent and the tea tree oil in natural food outlets.
Why do I rely on these ingredients? Because they’re non-toxic and they work!
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