In our homestead family, we battle skin allergies, skin sensitivities, and airborne allergies. Because of this, we have started eliminating more and more chemicals from our lives. Several years ago, at the very beginning of our dreams and aspirations of moving from a cookie-cutter home in the suburbs to a homestead in the county, we watched a documentary called “Chemerical”. We were shocked and terrified with the statistics that were revealed and convinced that we needed to begin replacing all of the chemicals in our lives with natural and/or homemade products that were safe.
If you have not see the documentary “Chemerical,” it is an absolute must. It reveals the extent of toxic chemicals in our homes, our body products, and in the very air we breathe in our own homes. The topic is presented in a very entertaining way and actually follows one family through the process of discovering the poisons in their home, eliminating chemicals from their life, and replacing them with natural and homemade alternatives. The documentary was then followed up with a book of natural product recipes.
Our family has completely eliminated the use of fabric softener. Using vinegar is a perfect replacement because it softens clothes and reduces static. After the clothes have dried in the dryer or on the clothesline, you cannot smell any residual scent of vinegar. If you would like scented fabric softener, add 5 drops of essential oil to the fabric softener cup after pouring in the vinegar.
I use vinegar in the bathroom to replace many horrible chemicals. I use it in the toilet, in the sink, on the counters, in the shower and tubs, and on the floors. Sometimes, when the sinks, showers, and tubs are extra grimy (because I have kids and a hard working husband who gets dirty and greasy) I invite Vinegar's best friend, Baking Soda, to the cleaning party. They work very well together. Sprinkle on the baking soda, pour on some vinegar, and scrub away with a cleaning cloth or a scrub brush. Voila! Sparkling clean! (You know our great-grandmothers had this all figured out 100 years ago. We have just chosen to ignore them or forget...like obstinate teenagers.)
Around the House
One thing I really enjoy about these next 2 chemical replacements are their versatility. I really hate lots of bottles of cleaners. Marketing groups across the globe have really convinced us that we need a different cleaner for every single item to be cleaned. Raise your hand if the cupboard under your kitchen sink is so filled with chemical bottles that you couldn't possibly fit another spray bottle under there! I've been there too! But, I'm tired of it. These next 2 natural cleaning recipes can really be used an any hard surface. The first recipe is also great on glass surfaces like windows, mirrors, and IKEA furniture (you know...the fake wood stuff). But, the second recipe has more vinegar in it, which makes it better for fighting nasty germs. Oh, and these 2 recipes also utilize Vinegar's other friends.
So, there you have it!
6 household chemicals you can immediately eliminate from your home and replace with a natural, non-toxic, inexpensive options for cleaning your home. I guarantee you will be proud to make your home safer, while still making it clean.
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