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3 Dangerous Cleaning Products to Avoid

Happy hump day, everyone! It’s the middle of the week, the sun is shining (for now), and the weekend will be here before you know it. As always we’ve been hard at work making our clients happy with a shine so bright you’d think a star blew up in their house.

Okay, maybe not that bright, but you get the idea. We’re good at our job.

Something we’re also good at it making sure that all the products we use are all natural and safe for you and your family.

Unlike those products that many of you might have under the sink right now.

We’ve touched on some of the harsh chemicals that can be found in everyday cleaning products, but now it’s time to name names, so you know just what you’ve gotten yourself in to with some of these toxic materials.

So here are three household cleaners you should probably get rid of right now!

1. Easy-Off Heavy Duty Oven Cleaner Aerosol Spray

Your run of the mill oven cleaners contain large amounts of potassium hydroxide, or sodium that’s used to dissolve all that crusty, baked on gunk in your oven. These can burn your skin, lungs, and eyes if not handled properly.

The label on this particular Easy-Off cleaner specifically says to avoid contact with eyes, skin, mucous membranes, and clothing. You’re supposed to use it with adequate ventilation, and avoid breathing in any of the mist.

So basically you should take your oven outside and wear a hazmat suit to clean it. A little dramatic, sure, but come on…who wants to take the chance of breathing in any of those dangerous toxins?

For an all natural, safe alternative to conventional oven cleaners, check out how to clean your oven the natural way. It’s safe, and works just as well without all the worry of toxic chemicals getting on to your skin, or in your lungs.

2. Drano Professional Strength Kitchen Crystals Clog Remover

Here we have a product that specifically says on the label that it can cause blindness, or even death! Do you really want that in your house? Of course not.

Don’t forget, those crystals can remain in your drain even after you’re done using it, creating the possibility of splash back which could get on your skin and in your eyes. The label also warns to keep water out of the can at all times to prevent the contents from violently erupting or boiling out. Are you kidding me? If I have to worry about my cleaning products violently erupting in my house, then they shouldn’t be in my house.

For a safe alternative, check out this page to learn how to unclog your drain with just hot water, baking soda, and white vinegar!

3. Simply Green Concentrated All-Purpose Cleaner

What? Did you think just because something had the word Green on the label it was safe? Think again.

First off, this product contains 2-butoxyethanol, which is a solvent that can be absorbed through the skin and damages red blood cells, as well as irritates your eyes. Also, it contains a blend of alcohol ethoxylate surfactants, and members of this chemical family have been banned in the European Union.

To go one step further, the Simply Green website directs you to heavily dilute the product, even though it’s available in a spray bottle, which implies you can just spritz it on your messy surfaces and use it right away. Talk about mixed signals, right?

For a safer alternative to this toxic product, check out our own multi-purpose cleaner right here.

It doesn’t stop here, either. We’ll be sharing more everyday cleaners with you in the future that you should probably avoid, and in return we’ll provide safe alternatives for each so you don’t have to worry about breathing in harsh chemicals, or getting toxins on your skin.

We know that it isn’t always feasible to make your own, all natural cleaning products all the time, so all we ask is that if for some reason you do need to use everyday cleaning materials bought off the shelf, please read the labels slowly and carefully so you know exactly what to do to avoid coming into contact with some of their dangerous ingredients.

In the meantime, we’ll hold down the fort here and keep letting you know all natural ways you can clean your home, and protect the ones you love.

14 DIY Recipes to Clean Your Home Naturally

Good Monday morning, everyone! It’s been a while since we’ve spoken to you at the beginning of the week, rather than the end, but that’s just one of the many changes going on around here lately. Why? Because we love sharing cool things with you so much, we thought we’d do it more often.

We’ve been talking about toxins lately, as well as how to make your own cleaning products, and while that’s all well and good, today we wanted to share with you a variety of ways to clean your home using ingredients that you probably have kicking around the house already, and if not, they’re definitely ones you can snag at the grocery store on your way home from work.

These are all safe ways to clean using non-toxic ingredients. They’re all natural, won’t harm your pets or children, and in most cases they’ll do the job better than those chemical laden cleaners you buy at the store.

We’ll break it down by room, for easy reference.

LAUNDRY ROOM

  • To make your own liquid fabric softener, just add 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil to a one-gallon jug of white vinegar. Close the lid, give it a shake before using, and measure out 1/3 cup per load for soft, comfy fabrics.
  • Instead of using bleach in the wash, try adding a bit of lemon juice to your rinse cycle to replicate the disinfecting powers of bleach, without all the toxicity.

KITCHEN

  • To clean and sanitize your cutting boards, just rub half a lemon over it and let the board sit for ten minutes before rinsing. For extra scrubbing power, sprinkle some coarse sea salt over the surface before scrubbing with the lemon.
  • To remove caked on gunk from your microwave, pour some white vinegar into a small cup, and add a little lemon juice. Run that in the microwave for 2 minutes, let it sit with the door closed for another 5 minutes, then wipe that microwave clean with a warm sponge.
  • If you’re someone that washes their dishes by hand, skip the dish soap you buy at the store, and instead combine 1 cup of liquid castile soap, 3 tablespoons of water, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Shake well, and use just like you would any other liquid dish soap.
  • Is your fridge looking a little gunky? For an easy cleaner just add 1/2 cup of baking soda to a bucket of hot water, then use a clean rag to wipe down the guts of your fridge to get it nice and clean.

BATHROOM

  • For an all natural disinfectant, combine 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons of liquid castile soap, and 20-30 drops of essential tea tree oil, and disinfect till your heart’s content!
  • For a quick and easy recipe to make your own foaming hand soap, check out this link!
  • To make an awesome, all natural toilet scrub, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the bowl along with 10 drops of essential tea tree oil. Pour 1/4 cup of white vinegar into that, and scrub away while the mixture fizzes and goes to work deodorizing and cleaning all that the same time!
  • To eliminate mildew in your tub and shower, simply spray the area down with white vinegar, and let it sit for 30 minutes. When it’s done, rinse it clean with warm water. For really grimy areas, don’t be scared to use a clean sponge to help during the rinsing process.

ELSEWHERE

  • To make your own wood furniture polish, mix 1/4 cup of lemon juice with 1/4 cup of olive oil, then use a soft cloth to work it into your wood for a nice, clean shine.
  • For an easy wall scrubbing solution, combine 1/4 cup white vinegar along with 1 quart of arm water, then use a rag to get those walls nice and clean. For stubborn marks, scrub the area with some baking soda.
  • If you’re looking for an all natural way to clean your tile floors, mix 1 part white vinegar to 2 parts warm water, and mop that dirt away with no need to rinse.
  • To clean your mirrors and windows au naturel, combine 1 part white vinegar to 4 parts water in a spray bottle, then spritz and wipe with a sponge or rag. For a fresher scent and more disinfecting power, add some lemon juice to the mix.

There you have it. Simple, effective ways to clean your home using ingredients you probably have at your fingertips.

Ditch those chemicals in favor of these all natural, non-toxic methods, and once you see how effective they are you’ll never want to go back to store-bought products ever again.

For those of you who don’t have any interest in making your own cleaners because you don’t have the time, check out some of the products we’ve already mixed up for you!

How to Make Your Own Foaming Hand Soap

The sun is shining in our neck of the woods, the birds are singing, and aside from the coffee maker biting the dust this morning, it’s a pretty good Friday. Hopefully you’re all having a similar experience (minus the coffee maker fiasco, because that just sucks), and are ready to head on into the weekend.

Earlier this week we mentioned that some changes were coming to Mop Up Your Mess this summer, and with that we also got to talking about harsh chemicals that can be found in everyday cleaners. It was a real eye opener to some, because you don’t necessarily think of the things you use to clean your house with as harmful. Well, think again.

One of the ingredients on that list was Triclosan, a chemical that can be found in antibacterial soaps that actually accelerates the growth of drug-resistant bacteria in your body, meaning if you get sick and the doctor prescribes you some antibiotics…they might not work so well.

Thankfully we have a solution with a recipe that will allow you to whip up your own batch of foaming hand soap in no time. The best part? It’s all natural, so you don’t have to worry about any toxic chemicals seeping into you body.

What You’ll Need

  • First, you’re going to want to get a foaming soap dispenser. There are two ways you can go about doing this. You can either buy a bottle of foaming hand soap and toss all that liquid out, or you can pick up some empty bottles to start with on Amazon, or check out your local dollar store.
  • Essential oils are a must, and you can use any scent you’d like.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of natural liquid oil, such as almond or coconut.
  • 12 ounces of water.
  • 2 tablespoons of liquid castile soap.

Now that you’ve got all your ingredients and soap dispenser gathered together, it’s time to move on to the simple process of making your own foaming hand soap.

Step 1

Fill the soap dispenser with water, leaving about 1 inch of space from the top. 1 1/2 inch would be ideal.

Step 2

Add the 2 tablespoons of liquid castile soap. Note: You do not want to add the soap first, otherwise when you pour in the water it will create a bunch of bubbles.

Step 3

Add the 1/2 teaspoon of natural liquid oil. This will help to prolong the life of your soap dispenser.

Step 4

Add your favorite essential oils. Start with 30 drops and see how that works for you, but feel free to go as high as 60 drops. Keep in mind that essential citrus oils have natural antibacterial properties, so adding lemon or orange oils will make this soap even more beneficial to your health.

Step 5

Secure the lid on your dispenser and gently swirl everything around to mix it all together.

Step 6

Use this as you would any other foaming hand soap that you buy at the store.

That’s it, you’re all done. This is such an easy, simple alternative to those other antibacterial soaps that contain chemicals that aren’t so friendly to your skin, or the environment. Studies have shown that washing for 20-30 seconds with natural soap is just as beneficial as washing with antibacterial soap, and it doesn’t come with the risk of chemicals entering your body, so what have you got to lose?

You’re going to be seeing a lot more recipes for DIY stuff around here in the future, so we hope you enjoyed this little nugget. Not only are projects like this one fun to do, but in the end you’ll save yourself a bunch of cash by doing it yourself, while creating a safe alternative to name brand products that are loaded with chemicals.

Have a fabulously fun weekend, everyone. We’ll talk to you again on Monday!

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