Looking to make your home a little “greener,” but not sure where to start? There are a few everyday items that by making the swap, will reduce the amount of toxins you’re exposed to on a daily basis, and help you save a little cash too! Here are three easy and inventive ways you can replace common household products with an eco-friendly option.
1. Cleaning Products
Did you know that with just five basic ingredients you can create non-toxic cleaning products such as detergent, dish soap, and all-purpose cleansers? All you need is some lemon, tea tree oil, washing powder, baking soda and vinegar. Make sure you stock up on these items, especially baking soda and vinegar, as these are primary items used in most natural cleaner recipes.
2. Personal Care Items
If you knew how many harmful toxins and dangerous chemicals are in your store bought personal care products, you’d be shocked. Making your own personal care products is easier than you think with some simple ingredients you can keep in your pantry. Baking soda, white vinegar and lemon are great for cleaning and moisturizing hair, while coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter are used to make your own lotion, deodorants and hand soaps. Essential oils and aloe are also items you can use in personal care items.
3. Air Fresheners
Between pets, food, kids and bathrooms, everyone’s home can smell a little less than fresh sometimes. Artificial air fresheners tend to just mask the smell and are likely to be full of phosphates, parabens, and other chemicals, and are often linked to health problems. Natural air fresheners offer an inviting, clean scent without any of the negatives. Essential oils are a key component to any homemade air fresheners, and allow for a variety of scents. Here are ten homemade recipes to try…consider making few at once and keeping several on hand to use depending on your mood.