EFF #2: Green Cleaning Tips!

Happy happy happy Friday y’all!
I’m thrilled that the weekend is finally here, and I’m looking forward to a fun-filled weekend in San Francisco…and I’m also very excited for the second installment of Eco-Friendly Friday!
The weather is slowly starting to warm back up here in Tahoe (and I know it’s been crazy warm in some parts of the country this week!), so I thought it would the perfect time to talk about spring cleaning! It’s great to be able to really go all out and deep clean your home this time of year, but if you are concerned with making enviromentally-responsible choices, what types of cleaning products should you use?
Well I’m glad you asked because that brings us to today’s topic:
Many conventional chemicals used for cleaning are extremely toxic and can pose serious health risks. If products are marked with labels like “hazardous,” “corrosive,” and “poisonous” chances are that they’re not the best thing to be exposing yourself or your family to. These products can cause acute effects like eye irritation, chemical burns, or even death if ingested, but they can also pose long-term health risks such as cancer. In addition to the negative effects on your health, harsh chemicals can also be seriously harmful to the environment. Many toxic like alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs) and phosphates in the cleaning products do not break down once they’re rinsed down the drain and threaten plants and aquatic wildlife. Plus, many cleaning products are petroleum-based, which depletes a resource that’s already running low, and the plastic packaging contributes to landfill waste.
(To read more, click here)

So what can you do?

While there are are many good, non-toxic cleaning products on the market today, a great option is making your own cleaning products from ingredients that you most likely already have in your home. Pinterest has a wealth of fantastic ideas for these types of simple, safe cleaning products (because Pinterest pretty much has the best ideas of how to do everything…obvs). Here are the main ingredients you’ll want to have on hand:

• Baking Soda
• White Vinegar
• Hydrogen peroxide
• Borax

Essential oils, like tea tree oil, lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, or
lemongrass oil
• Castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s)
• Fresh herbs,
citrus, or citrus peels
• Olive or vegetable oil
• Water
(list courtesy of Apartment Therapy)

There are lots of great recipes to use these ingredients and make your own cleaning products that you can feel good about using in your home that won’t harm the environment…here are some of my favorite links:

All-Natural Homemade Cleaners @ Young House Love

Green Cleaning Recipes @ Mini Manor

25 DIY Cleaning Recipes for the Whole House @ Apartment Therapy

Four Homemade Cleaners @ Macheesmo

Homemade Green Cleaners @ Instructables

Natural Cleaning Product Recipes @ Martha Stewart

(You can also find all these links on my Pinterest board!)

I hope that this will inspire you to try out some homemade cleaning products and start to ditch the harsh chemicals! Happy cleaning and happy weekend friends! Xoxo

(You can check out last week’s Eco-Friendly Friday post here!)

The original source to my Eco-Friendly Friday logo can be found here.


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