Have you ever thought about how many chemicals you use in your home? Or about what those chemicals might do to your body after years of use? Most of us try not to think about it don’t we? I’m guilty-- which is why I’ve put this article off all month.
It’s easy to ignore the dangers of chemical overload in our homes because we don’t (typically) see the negative effects of it immediately. However, I’m afraid we are all a bit like frogs in boiling water and that these chemicals are slowly but surely damaging us.
I’m not going to exhaust you with a list of chemicals you should avoid, and I’m not going to alarm you with the potential ill-effects of those chemicals. Those articles are easy to find if you enjoy fretting about it. My goal today is to help you (and myself) to target some SUPER simple ways to replace those nasty chemicals.
The first way I would recommend, is of course something we offer at The Pill Box Pharmacy. We don’t just offer it because we want to sell you something, we offer it because we believe it is AWESOME! The product is EO All-Purpose Cleaner-- and it is legitimately all-purpose. Here is the list of potential uses directly from the company website:
I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of anything else I need to clean! Which is why I think this product is so cool-- because as much as I LOVE the idea of being together enough to have my own cleaning recipes prepared and stored in glass bottles with fancy essential oil mixtures and beautiful labels, it just doesn’t happen. This stuff makes it super easy-- just mix with water, that’s all. Also, it comes in a 32 oz. bottle for $10.99 so that replaces about 10 products with just one and a little goes a long way since you dilute it. I’m impressed. Are you on your way to the Pill Box yet to pick up a bottle?
Alright-- other options, for those of you that actually ARE together enough for all the fancy things. Here are a few great recipes:
My favorite laundry soap recipe
- 1 gallon container
- 1/4 cup Super Washing Soda
- 1/4 cup Baking Soda
- 1/3 cup castile soap
- 15 drops Lavender essential oil
- 15 drops Lemon essential oil
**You may substitute any essential oils that you prefer.
Add 1/4 cup Super Washing Soda to container (or large bowl). Add enough hot tap water to mix and dissolve. Next, add the 1/4 cup of Baking Soda and stir until dissolved. Then, add the 1/3 cup of castile soap and your essential oils to the mixture. Bring to the final volume of 1 gallon with hot tap water and stir to mix. Shake well before use as some of the powder may come out of solution.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon castile soap
- 10 drops your favorite essential oil.
Mix all ingredients in a glass spray bottle.
Cutting Board Cleaner
- 1/2 lemon
- 1 tablespoon coarse salt
Apply the salt to the cutting board, use the lemon to scrub.
- 1 cup vinegar
- juice of 1 lemon
Add ingredients to a cup or bowl. Place in microwave and turn on for 2 minutes. When finished, simply wipe down the inside of the microwave.