Not only are homemade cleaners more affordable, they are also safer for your family. The amount of toxins that we are exposed to daily is phenomenal. Why add to the heavy load when we can easily prepare products that are gentler on our homes and health.
For example, instead of using harsh bleach in our cleaning, consider a spray bottle filled with 3% hydrogen peroxide as an alternative (they use this in hospitals).
To sanitize countertops after cooking with raw meats, eggs or poultry, spray pure vinegar on the exposed area and follow by a spray of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let sit a few minutes and wipe clean for a safer disinfectant method. Important Note: Do not combine the two in the bottle or dilute but use as described.
Note: If you have granite countertops, I would advise against using vinegar-based cleaning products on them as it can do something called "etching" (which can leave white marks on your counters). I would substitute the vinegar with hydrogen peroxide in the recipe for all purpose cleaner for granite countertops.
You will find our printable cleaning product recipes HERE. We like to cover ours in plastic sheet protectors in order to prevent damage from spills, etc and store them in our home management binder or our herbal. You may also be interested in pretty labels for your cleaning products. Happy housecleaning, ladies!
"A woman cannot work at dressmaking, tailoring, or any other sedentary employment, ten hours a day, year in and out, without enfeebling her constitution, impairing her eyesight, and bringing on a complication of complaints; but she can sweep, cook, wash, and do the duties of a well-ordered house, with modern arrangements, and grow healthier every year. The times in New England when all women did housework a part of every day, were the times when all women were healthy."
~ Harriet Beecher Stowe
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