What’s under your sink? If your children looked, would they find safe household cleaners or…?
There is nothing more frightening than a child
making his or her way into
your household cleaning supplies
– or more devastating if they ingest a product.
It’s a parent’s worst nightmare!
Pennywise ALERT: Are your household cleaners safe?
To this end, it is important to find alternative ways to clean a home without jeopardizing the health of your children or your family. We are all trying to become more environmentally aware of the dangers of toxins, not only in our home but as it relates to polluting our air, waters, and landscape.
Are your household cleaners safe? Ask yourself the question now, not when it's too late. If not, here are some measures you can take to make your home a healthier one.
Vinegar, Borax, Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, Salt, and Baking Soda are all the ingredients you can use to clean your entire home. They are safe, non-toxic, and can do just as good a job as your more toxic household cleaners.
Windows. Let’s begin with windows. Instead of using a popular brand of glass cleaner, use water with vinegar and lemon juice to spray onto your windows.
Kitchen and Bathroom. Vinegar can also be used to clean surfaces in your kitchen and bathroom; just add salt and water. If the oven needs to be cleaned, use liquid soap, Borax and warm water. Borax can also be used as a disinfectant in hot water as well as for cleaning toilets.
Bathroom. Use baking soda and warm water for bathtub, shower enclosure, sinks and counters.
Best Pennywise Tip: Baking soda can also be used to unclog the drain. Pour baking soda down the drain following up with a cup or more of hot vinegar. Repeat as necessary.
Polish your furniture with olive oil and lemon juice. You can also use lemon juice to polish copper kettles; just add a bit of salt.
At a time when pollutants are contributing to the depletion of the ozone layer; while gas and oil fumes are literally killing our natural resources; it is time to take a hard look at what we can do as individuals to decrease the toxins from our air and water.
Perhaps if we begin to use safe household cleaners to replace brand name household cleaners, we can send a clear and definitive message to these companies. That message is:
“Toxins are no longer an acceptable form to be used
in any capacity.”
It all begins with our taking a stand; it all begins at home. Either support companies that do produce products without toxins or use alternatives that are safe household cleaners.
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