H is for Household Cleansers and Hydrogen Peroxide

First, let me clarify that I was a CHEMIST in my former life…so a little disclaimer… Hydrogen Peroxide is NOT a food or drink so PLEASE don’t ingest it!

This is  NOT a baby(FOOD)step

but rather a

baby(CLEAN)step toward

 less toxic HOUSEHOLD Cleaning.

Ever since my daughter began having mysterious reactions to VERY common household cleansers like ETHYL ALCOHOL… I have been on a quest to reduce toxic chemicals in our house.

Now being a chemist, one must realize that all CHEMICALS are not bad under this definition:

a chemical is : a material produced by or used in a reaction involving changes in atoms or molecules

SOOO technically good ‘ole H2O is a chemical and so is Carbon Dioxide and so are some of the other million or so chemical substances that make up the human body. So the KEY here is to identify chemicals that we can use to CLEAN that are NOT HARMFUL (or maybe at least LESS HARMFUL) to our bodies, whether that be from an inhalation, contact, absorption or digestive route!

I am still a novice at this safer household chemical stuff..but I have picked up a few pointers along the way:

1. Some of the basics cleansers you can make a multitude of products out of include: baking soda, lemons, vinegar, water, hydrogen peroxide, castile soap and salt.

2. If you do not like to or don’t have the time to make your own, there are companies like a local favorite of mine (at the LaCenterra Farmer’s market) CareyKindly who make a number of vinegar infused products!

3. There are organizations out there to help get you started, including (thanks Emma!) http://www.womensvoices.org/  They will even help you host a “Green Clean house party”! Let me know if you have any interest in this, I am thinking about hosting one if a few of you would like to try it out!

4. If you love the FRAGRANCE and the “clean smell” of all the perfumes (possible toxins) added to your favorite cleaning products, you can have your cake and eat it too, naturally, of course! My friend, Marie, gave me some essential oils for a birthday gift and the smell amazing! Just a few drops of these added to the recipes above are amazing and natural, 100% pure from the plant they were derived from.

5. H is for Hydrogen peroxide There are numerous uses for this VERY inexpensive ingredient! It is an oxidizer ans can be used IN PLACE of bleach, it works very well on blood an food stains, it also as disinfecting propeties.You can use it to rinse cutting boards to get rid of yuck meat bacteria and even rinse fruits and veggie with it to get rid of bacteria that may be looming there (be sure to rinse well with water before eating!) So many uses and the best part about it all, is that when it washes down the drain it breaks down into biodegradable products, so it does not pollute the environment or water supply!

Please share your favorite recipes for going all natural in your household, Just please don’t drink the H2O2 🙂

PS- I am trying my hand at a blog carnival called “Works for Me Wednesdays” thanks to my friend Sarah’s advice. Thanks to Wearethatfamily.com for hosting. Feel free to join the fun and post your helpful tip or hint on Wednesday!

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5 Responses to H is for Household Cleansers and Hydrogen Peroxide

  1. Kristi…you should link this post up to Kristen’s Works For Me Wednesday on WeAreThatFamily.com….all you would need to add is a link back to her post and you would get a TON of traffic. This post fits perfectly.

  2. 'Becca says:

    I know you aren’t supposed to SWALLOW hydrogen peroxide, but are you saying it should not be used as mouthwash? That’s a recommended use on the label and has worked well for me for dental health and for cleaning small mouth injuries.

    For cleaning, I like to pour peroxide into little grooves that accumulate gunk, for example around faucets and drains. (Plug the drain to keep the peroxide there.) It bubbles out all the gunk so that about 10 minutes later I can just wipe it up! It’s also great for cleaning your toothbrush after you’ve been sick or if the brush gets icky in damp weather.

  3. Milehimama says:

    How funny, I posted on WFMW about homemade cleansers with essential oils too!

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  5. Liz says:

    I love using Dr. Bronners Magic Castile Soap. I can get a large bottle in the beauty section at Target, HEB, and most stores. I first learned about it when my Mom’s group asked Whole Foods to come and talk to us about other options to cleaning, eating, etc to make small changes with a big impact in our home. I love it! I squirt a bit in a spray bottle, dilute it with water and clean most surfaces with it. Just not wood. But it’s perfectly safe and comes in a variety of scents. I like lavender and peppermint…,they just have a super clean smell. Works great on my kitchen floor. :). Plus a large bottle is lasts forever because it is like concentrated cleaner.

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