Category Archives: Natural Cleaning Products

DIY All-Purpose Cleaner

DIY All-Purpose Cleaner
DIY All-Purpose Cleaner

There’s something about spring that just makes me want to clear out all the cupboards and give them a good cleaning. The kids recently had their spring break and I have to admit that I spent about 1/3 of vacation finishing house projects and cleaning. That doesn’t sound very exciting, but it was necessary. And, it feels so good to have a clean and organized space!

I wrote a post recently about a DIY non-toxic wood cleaner and about how conventional household cleaning products can negatively impact the indoor air quality in one’s home. It prompted me to want to share a recipe for a DIY non-toxic cleaner that I’ve been using for years. Many cleaners, especially glass cleaners, have a natural (but harmful) substance as a common ingredient – ammonia. This is an excerpt from the New York State Department of Health website:(1) Read the rest of this entry

DIY Non-Toxic Wood Cleaner

DIY Non-Toxic Wood Cleaner
DIY Non-Toxic Wood Cleaner

I remember over a decade ago after reading Annie B. Bond’s book, “Better Basics,” I decided in one fell swoop to throw out all of my conventional cleaning products. After reading what chemicals many of them contained and their effect on the body, I’d decided they no longer had a place in my home. It never occurred to me until then that I could make simple cleaning products myself that were just as effective, easy on the environment, and non-toxic.

While many are aware of the dangers of indoor air pollution, I’m still surprised to learn that they are not as commonly known as they should be. There was a study released in 2006 by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, where scientists studied such chemicals as indoor cleaning agents and toxic air contaminants and their effects on air quality.(1) They found that many common cleaning agents, among other things, had a significant and detrimental effect on air quality. The US’s EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) even warns that the indoor air quality in many homes rivaled the outdoor air quality in the biggest and most industrialized cities.(2) Read the rest of this entry

2 Minute Non-Toxic Hand Soap

2 Minute Non-Toxic Hand Soap
2 Minute Non-Toxic Hand Soap

You can make fast, easy, organic, and most importantly non-toxic hand soap in minutes. We are certainly not perfect in the ‘green’ department, but we do our best and make continued strides every day. Changing out my personal care products to something non-toxic has been a goal for a while now and I was really pleasantly surprised to learn that it was not that difficult to do.

There are so many chemicals and additives in personal care products. They are not only detrimental for your skin but they are also harmful to the environment. Read the rest of this entry