We all want our house to be clean and fresh. That’s why we are constantly cleaning so our house can be inviting and livable for our family. Right after we clean, we notice our kids playing or simply being around the cleaned area. Therefore, it is very important to us, that we use natural cleaners. We know a lot of household cleaners contain chemicals that come with health problems. Ever since Allah tested us (Khadija and Naima) with a health condition. We both took our health very seriously and made big changes many years ago. Alhamdulilah we both reversed our health conditions by simply watching what we put in and on our body. We love anything that’s organic, natural and non-toxic. Today we will be sharing a simple, yet effective multi-purpose cleaner made from baking soda, vinegar and lemon.
Let’s talk briefly about conventional products. Many of these products contain harsh chemicals that contribute to your health. Let’s think about it for a second, when you spray a conventional cleaner on your counters, not only is it spreading in the air but you are also inhaling whatever is in that bottle. According to Organic Consumer Association, “In 2000, cleaning products were responsible for nearly 10% of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers, accounting for 206,636 calls. Of these, 120,434 exposures involved children under six, who can swallow or spill cleaners stored or left open inside the home”(organic consumer association)
The American Lung Association says, “Many cleaning supplies or household products can irritate the eyes or the throat or cause headaches or other health problems. Some products release dangerous chemicals, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Other harmful ingredients include ammonia and bleach.” They further describe how some of these cleaners can contribute to chronic respiratory problems, allergic reactions and headaches.
We are not writing this blog post to scare people but rather to educate them of the health problems that are linked with conventional cleaners. In addition, some of the s”so-called” environmental friendly products that are out there, also contain harmful substances that can cause health problems. We recommend you read the labels very carefully and choose the best option for your family.
The natural products that we will be sharing today are very effective cleaners and best of all, they are inexpensive and harmless (if used appropriately). Let’s talk about the ingredients for our cleaner. It has baking soda, vinegar and lemon. “Baking soda is 100 percent sodium bicarbonate, which can be used as a leavening agent in baked goods. When mixed with an acid, baking soda reacts, making bubbles and giving off carbon dioxide gas, which causes dough to rise. Anecdotal reports throughout history suggest that many civilizations used forms of baking soda when making bread and other foods that required rising.” (Dr. Mercola) . Lemon is known to be a natural mild disinfectant that also smells very good. Vinegar is a weak form of acetic acid that forms through the fermentation of sugars or starches. It is completely edible, and cannot harm your stomach. And luckily for us, many things can be cleaned using it.(The new homemaker).
Here is what you will need.
1 cup lemon
1 cup water
1/2 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon baking soda
Glass bottle spray (You can use any bottle spray of your choice)
In a big bowl add the lemon, vinegar, water and the baking soda. Make sure it’s big bowl because once you add the baking soda into the mixture, it will produce foam (which is normal). Big bowls will allow you to avoid any overspill from the solution. We used a pitcher that was big enough to hold our ingredients without causing any overspill. Once everything is in a bowl or a pitcher, you will need to pour it in a glass bottle spray (you can use plastic bottle spray). Insert the funnel inside the glass bottle and slowly pour the mixture. You are ready to use your cleaner!
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