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 scented, it poses a health risk (unless its scent 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 up to 87% of toxins in the air in 24 hours. You can install 15 to 18 “good size” plants, in pots 15 to 20 cm in diameter, for a house of around 170 m2.
To help you avoid repolluting your indoor air, here is a list of recipes for natural and harmless household products for you to make at home. Bathroom, toilet, tile, multi-surface cleaner, laundry, you can go green with all your household products.
Natural recipes for the bathroom and toilet
1 deodorizing cleaner for toilets
Pour half a cup of baking soda and about 10 drops of tea tree essential oil into the toilet bowl and 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 on for 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 germs of all kinds. But antibacterial products, like those containing triclosan, can do more harm than good. To make 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 could damage certain surfaces, such as marble or granite.
4 Disinfectant for cutting boards (wooden or plastic)
Rub the plank with half a fresh lemon. Leave on for 10 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 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 recipes for laundry care
6 Laundry Detergent
mix five non-toxic ingredients: glycerin soap, soda ash, soda ash, citric acid, and coarse salt.
7 Homemade fabric softener
Pour 20 to 30 drops of essential oil into 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 the dried 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 herbs or add a few drops of essential oil when the scent wears off.
Multi-purpose natural recipe
9 Multi-Purpose Cleaner
Non-Toxic Tile Floor Cleaner: For tile floors, mix one part white vinegar to two parts warm water in a bucket. Then mop your floors as you normally do, with a mop or mop. No need to rinse.
10 Cleaner for mirrors and glass surfaces
Mix one part white vinegar to 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.
11 Polish for furniture
Mix 1/4 cup vinegar and 3/4 cup olive oil. 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 area.
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