Indoor air contains 2 to 5 times more contaminants than outdoor air, and in some cases up to 100 times more. The list of indoor air pollutants is long. The main products identified include diazinon, chlorpyrifos, DDT, phthalates in high concentrations. Virtually anything in your home can contribute to poor air quality, including chemicals in paints, floors, and furniture, as well as household products and room air fresheners.
As a general rule, if a product is perfumed, it represents a health risk (unless its perfume comes from a pure essential oil). According to the Royal College of Medicine London Air Quality Report, airing your home for at least a few minutes each day can go a long way to improving air quality. However, this may not be effective if you live in a heavily polluted area. For example near a major road. In such a case, you may need to install an air purifier in your home. Green plants are also effective. For example, Hairy Chlorophyton has been shown to reduce formaldehyde levels in the air. Green plants can eliminate in 15 hours up to 87 % of toxins present in the air. You can install 15 to 18 plants “of a good size”, in pots of 11 to 15 cm in diameter, for a house approximately 170 m2.
To help you avoid repolluting your indoor air, here is a list recipes for natural and harmless household products for you to make at home. Bathroom, toilet, tile, multi-surface cleaner, linen, you can go green with all your household products.
Natural recipes for the bathroom and toilet
1 Toilet deodorizing cleaner
Pour half a cup of baking soda and about drops of tea tree essential oil in the toilet bowl then a quarter cup of vinegar. Scrub with the toilet brush.
Scrubber for showers and bathtubs
Get rid of mold by spraying pure white vinegar on the affected surfaces. Leave to act 30 minutes. Scrub with a sponge if necessary, then rinse with warm water. To remove more stubborn dirt, mix baking soda with liquid soap. Scrub, then rinse. You can also remove soap residue by rubbing with a damp cloth on which you have poured a spoonful of coconut oil. Then spray with white vinegar and wipe with a lint-free cloth.
2 Disinfectant / Antibacterial
Bathrooms are breeding grounds for microbes of all kinds. But antibacterial products, like those containing triclosan, can do more harm than good. To prepare a homemade antibacterial solution, mix two cups of water with three tablespoons of liquid soap and 20 to 30 drops of tea tree oil. Spray on surfaces (toilet seats and sinks, for example). Then wipe with a cloth.
Natural Recipes for the Kitchen
3 Multi-Surface Cleaner
Mix equal parts vinegar and water. Spray on surfaces and wipe with a cloth. For stone countertops, use pure alcohol or vodka instead, as the acidity of vinegar may damage certain surfaces, such as marble or granite.
4 Disinfectant for cutting boards (wooden or plastic)
Rub the board with half a fresh lemon. Leave on minutes, then rinse. You can also use coconut oil to clean, sanitize and maintain your wooden cutting board. Use whenever wood is air dry.
5 Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
Mix with equal parts liquid soap and water. You can also add lemon juice. Use about two teaspoons of lemon juice for one cup of water and one cup of soap. Store in a glass jar. Pour the solution into the detergent compartment of your dishwasher. Then pour pure white vinegar into the rinse aid compartment.
Natural laundry care recipes
6 Detergent for laundry
mix five non-toxic ingredients: glycerin soap, soda crystals, soda ash, citric acid, and coarse salt.
7 Homemade fabric softener
Pour 18 to 30 drops of essential oil in a 4 liter container of white vinegar. Add 1/3 cup of this mixture to each wash. (Shake before use.)
8 Non-Toxic Laundry Deodorizer for the Dryer
Fill a cloth bag with herbs of your choice, and use it as a refreshing laundry wipe. You can also put a few drops of essential oil on a lint-free cloth. Both are of course reusable. Simply replace the aromatic herbs or add a few drops of essential oil when the scent fades.
Multi-use natural recipe
9 Multi-Purpose Cleaner
Non-toxic cleaner for tile floors: For tile floors, mix in a bucket one part white vinegar to two parts Hot water. Then mop your floors as you normally do, with a mop or mop. No need to rinse.
10 Cleaner for mirrors and glass surfaces
Make a mixture of one part white vinegar and four parts water. Flavor with lemon juice. Lemon juice also has a degreasing power. Spray on the mirror or glass surface, and wipe with a sponge or cloth.
Mix 1/4 cup of vinegar and 3/4 cup of oil of olive. Apply to furniture with a soft, lint-free cloth, then wipe away. For wood furniture, mix 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/2 cup olive oil, then apply as before. You can also use pure coconut oil in the same way. Always test your mixture first on a small surface.
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