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Do you use store-bought home cleaning products? Have you ever read the ingredients in them? I have, and I hate using them in my home! I prefer to use DIY cleaners instead, where I can control the ingredients.
Store-bought cleaners usually have toxic ingredients that are harmful to our health and the health of our family. Did you know that the EPA estimates that the air indoors is 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air? 2-5 TIMES!
This is mostly due to chemicals found in most cleaning products. But there is a better way!
DIY cleaners don’t have to be boring, or ineffective. And they are so much better for you! Don’t poison your home, make your own non-toxic DIY cleaners!
Why make DIY cleaners?
There are lots of reasons to make your own DIY cleaners. Here are my personal reasons.
DIY cleaners are easy.
Most DIY cleaners have only a few ingredients. You can simply mix a couple ingredients together. Some you can do in quantity, and keep in a spray bottle and use as needed. Others you can just mix in a bowl whenever you need them. Either way, they usually take literally minutes. Even quicker than running to the store when you run out of a cleaner!
DIY cleaners will save you money.
Commercial home cleaners can be pretty expensive, especially when you try to get the “natural” or non-toxic ones. With DIY cleaners, you can just buy a few main ingredients and keep them on hand. It can save you a trip to the store, and isn’t that what this self-reliant thing is all about? Making your own can save you some money!
DIY cleaners are (usually) non-toxic.
Most store-bought cleaners have so many toxic ingredients. Read your labels. If you can’t pronounce most of the ingredients, you probably shouldn’t be putting it on your kitchen counters!
DIY cleaners are safer.
This goes along with being non-toxic, but it’s so important it warrants being said again. So many commercial cleaners aren’t safe to breathe. Lots of them say to only use with proper ventilation, and others say you have to wear gloves. Limit skin contact, keep away from children. Too many warnings for me!
DIY cleaners put YOU in control.
When you make your own, you are in control of what goes into them. Don’t like vinegar? Leave it out. Don’t like borax? Ditch it. You can research whatever ingredient you want to put in your cleaner to make sure it’s acceptable for you. You get to decide!