Starting DIY recipes for Green Cleaning

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Starting DIY recipes for Green Cleaning
August 15, 2023 

Sometimes you will want more control over the your cleaning chemicals. Due to my wife’s allergies, we found that it is better to create our own cleaning ingredients to remove allergens and save money on cleaning tools. Here are just a few cleaning recipes to start your DIY green living journey. For this entry I wanted to focus on healthy cleaning recipes for home cleaning.
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MULTIPURPOSE SPRAY

*do not use on anything sensitive to acid.
i.e. marble, granite etc

• Equal parts water and white vinegar
• Add essential oils to preferred strength
• We use about 15 drops wild orange and 10 drops peppermint in a conventional spray bottle. Gently shake to combine.

 

LAUNDRY DETERGENT POWDER

We based this recipe off of This recipe by Rebecca. When we had our child, My wife tried substituting with the Dr. Bronner’s baby bar soap; however she found the soap to be too gentle; it did not get out newborn spit up stains (the smell). We went back to using the recipe with the Fels-Naptha bar and it did not bother our baby at all.

What you’ll need:

• A 1/2 gallon – 1 gallon container with tight fitting lid. If using essential oils, choose glass.
• A large cheese grater, preferably with non-skid bottom
• A stout mixing spoon

Ingredients for Safer Laundry Detergent:

All that is required are three ingredients (in equal amounts):

• Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (you can make your own out of baking soda as well if you want!)
• 20 Mule Team Borax (brightens colors and gets whites dazzling). Adding borax boosts detergent and it helps to “soften” hard water so there are no traces of rust.
• Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar (stronger for work clothes). You can also buy high quality soap granules from Earthborn Elements.
• (optional) essential oils (consider lemon, orange, or mandarin for an uplifting, clean scent) or (lavender for relaxing and calming).

I love this recipe because a little goes a long way.

SHOWER CLEANING PROCESS

This one is simple.

• I use dawn soap,
• baking soda
• water
• kitchen sponge (designated for bathroom cleaning).

Splash a line of soap on the tub floor and sprinkle baking soda. Get the sponge wet and scrub away. For the shower walls I put dawn soap and baking soda on the sponge and scrub the walls. Then I rinse the sponge thoroughly and scrub the soap/ baking soda off. I use a cup to fill with water to rinse the rest away.

This process is so cheap, very effective and I have found my tub stays cleaner longer.

Are there DIY recipes that you would like to share for home cleaning or a recipe you would like to see? Let us know below and it may show up in a future blog entry.

Toxic Chemical Load #2: Phthalates

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Toxic Chemical Load #2: Phthalates
March 7, 2023 

Sometimes I wish I had not failed chemistry. I was great at math, I liked science, but for some reason, my seventeen-year-old brain did not want to comprehend chemistry. The more I discover how products are made with health compromising chemicals, I wonder if chemistry would help me make sense of it all?

I express gratitude every day for the privileges of living in a world with electricity, modern plumbing, HVAC and vehicles. I understand how sanitation and modern appliances create a hygienic and convenient lifestyle. Unfortunately, there is a dark side to these modern perks. So many products and services are created with toxic materials or are filled with them.

As a millennial, I grew up in a world of plastic, fast-food, tv and pop-tarts. My parents were raised with less and higher quality (usually American made) goods. There was a simplicity and minimalism that required patience. If you wanted something, you had to save for it. Once you could afford it you would go to a physical store and buy it. Our generation is spoiled with LOTS of things that can be acquired on a low budget or with credit cards. We are completely disconnected from the supply chain and the true cost of things.

Our blind consumption of stuff and busy lifestyle habits leave us susceptible to encounter a wide range of toxins. Our air, water, food and habitats are filled with toxic chemicals. We really cannot avoid all of them. We do have some control though. We can choose products with less toxins and we can slow our lives down to detox. We must become educated consumers if we hope to steward healthy lifestyles for our families.

Today, we are highlighting another chemical and showing how to make simple changes to prevent toxic overload in your life.

 


 

What: Phthalates (ortho-phthalates) – commonly used in plastics (to make it soft) and used as “fragrance” and “parfum” in personal care products and home goods like air fresheners. Also found in vinyl flooring and other home finishes.

 

Research Blurb:

“One of their common uses is to soften vinyl plastic. Things like shower curtains, boots, and IV tubing are made from that same hard white plastic that a plumber would use, but when you add about 30% by weight to it of a specific phthalate, you get soft pliable vinyl plastic. Phthalates are also used in many personal care products such as colognes, perfumes, soaps, and shampoos, in the coatings of some medications, and in vinyl tubing used for food processing. I would estimate that phthalates are used in many hundreds if not thousands of different products.

One primary way that people can be exposed to phthalates is through diet. For example, it’s been shown that these chemicals can leach into food from vinyl plastic equipment and materials, food preparation gloves, and food packaging materials. Phthalates can also migrate into indoor air and household dust from products like vinyl flooring and wall coverings.” (1)

 

Health Concerns: Known to disrupt hormones, especially testosterone in males and carcinogenic.

 

Research Blurb:

“PVC can contain as much as 57% chlorine. Carbon—derived from petroleum products—is also often used in its manufacture. Due to the toxins that can potentially be released during manufacture, when exposed to fire, or as it decomposes in landfills, PVC has been dubbed by some medical researchers and environmentalists as the “poison plastic.”
PVC-related health concerns are as yet to be statistically proven, however, these toxins have been linked to conditions that include but are not limited to cancer, fetal developmental setbacks, endocrine disruption, asthma, and diminished lung function. While manufacturers point to PVC’s high salt content as being natural and relatively harmless, science suggests that sodium—along with the release of dioxin and phthalate—are in fact potential contributing factors to the environmental and health hazards PVC pose.” (2)

Where: In ALL types of plastic, hygiene products, home goods and home finishes.

 

Research Blurb:

“How can I reduce my exposure to these phthalates?
• Avoid plastics known as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or vinyl (with recycle code 3).
• Choose personal care products that are identified as “phthalate-free” or “fragrance-free.”
• Prior to undergoing medical procedures (especially recurring ones, like dialysis) plan ahead by requesting medical devices or equipment that do not contain DEHP. This is especially important for protecting boys from the reproductive effects of DEHP (during pregnancy, in infancy, and around the time of puberty).
• Minimize exposure to dust, which can contain some of the phthalates listed above.
o Wash your hands and your child’s hands frequently, especially before preparing food, and before eating.
o Clean floors regularly, using a wet mop or a vacuum cleaner with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, if possible.
o Wipe up dust regularly, using a damp cloth.
• Eat more fresh food, and less processed and packaged food.” (8)

 

Suggested Changes to Make:

Clean your house more often (with natural products of course!) because dust contains phthalates.

DO NOT drink water out of plastic and avoid pre-packaged food. Use a glass or (lead free) stainless steel water bottle.

Consume purified water.

Upgrade food storage containers and serve ware to glass, ceramic, wood and (lead free) stainless steel.

READ LABELS. Replace ALL products with “fragrance” and “parfum”. This includes shampoo, soap, cologne, lotion, air fresheners, and cleaning products. There are plenty of items available without phthalates. You made need to find a health food store or search online.

AVOID all plastic numbers 3, 6 and 7 (found within the arrow triangle symbol that signals how to recycle it).

Sources to learn more:

(1) https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/the-big-3-why-phthalates-should-be-restricted-or-banned-from-consumer-products/
(2) https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-pvc-plastics-820366
(3) https://www.thoughtco.com/what-are-plastics-820362
(4) https://www.thoughtco.com/examples-of-everyday-plastics-820348
(5) https://www.thoughtco.com/recycling-different-types-of-plastic-1203667
(6) https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetic-ingredients/phthalates-cosmetics
(7) https://www.cdc.gov/biomonitoring/Phthalates_FactSheet.html
(8) https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov/fact-sheets/phthalates
(9) https://www.thoughtco.com/is-it-safe-to-drink-hose-water-609429

It’s been a long journey for me to remove common toxic products from my life. I still have a far way to go. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed when your eyes get opened. If you feel this way, take a deep breath, and ask yourself, “what is one change I can make in this season?”. We are on a journey to better health.

What changes have you made or are interested in making? Leave us a comment below!


Disclaimer: We do not claim to be experts on these subjects. We communicate what we understand to be well sourced facts. We acknowledge that information on these topics evolves over time and that we may not have uncovered the full story on these subjects. Please do your own research and follow your peace. We make suggestions out of good will and state that you follow them at your own risk. Our heart is to spark curiosity and empower you to make incremental changes that deeply improve your wellbeing. Thank you for going on this health journey with us.

Pure and Simple

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Pure and Simple
January 9, 2023 

There are so many different resources on the internet about living a lifestyle that is family and earth friendly. The facts and opinions of so many people can be absolutely mind boggling. I like to keep things very neat and simple, I will respectfully do that here as well. I truly believe that sticking to the products that came from the earth is always the best and simplest solution. As with any chemical that you can find, natural or toxic, there will be cautions that need to be taken. Do your research for your own personal uses and adhere to the information found. That being said; I love essential oils for literally EVERYTHING! A few staple items like baking powder, white cleaning vinegar, any sort of soap (like castile) and some essential oils and you will have a power house of cleaning assortments that you can create. This is the simple and easy truth of creating your own cleaning products. There are products that have come out to completely eliminate all toxic solutions that we use to clean our homes. The norwex or e cloth was designed and I can attest to both products being very efficient. There are washable mop heads and biodegradable trash bags. The list goes on and on. The simple truth is that when we take things back to their truest form we find a much safer, cheaper and self controlled way of keeping our families and our earth healthy and happy.

Here’s an easy recipe that I found with a quick google search
1. Take the top off of an empty spray bottle, place a small funnel into the opening
and pour in 1/2 cup of white vinegar.
2. Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda, and wait for the foaming to subside.
3. Add in 10 drops each of tea tree and eucalyptus essential oil.
4. Fill the rest of the bottle with water.

Doterra Recipe Link

Guide to Baking Powder and Vinegar

Norwex

I am always ready and open minded to learn more. Please feel free to
reach out to me with your knowledge
nchealthyhomecleaningservices@gmail.com

 

~Angelina

Toxic Chemical Load #1: Acrylamide

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Toxic Chemical Load #1: Acrylamide
December 22, 2022 

Hello! My name is Angelina. I am the owner of Healthy Home Cleaning Services, Inc. This is our very first blog, so Welcome! I am so glad you are here. My intention in these blogs are to educate, invite dialog and make understanding a healthy lifestyle, simple, and pleasurable to read.

Let’s talk: A Chemical toxic load refers to the collection of toxins and chemicals in our bodies that we ingest. There are a variety of sources including: the environment, the food we eat, the water we drink, and the personal care and household products we use. When you start your own research on these toxins you will come across some toxins that you cannot pronounce. Let me briefly break one of them down for you.

 

Acrylamide

How do you say it?

uh-kri-luh-mide

 

What is it?

Acrylamide is a common environmental toxin found in our everyday foods.

Why is acrylamide in food?

Acrylamide is a chemical that can form in some foods during high-temperature
cooking processes, such as frying, roasting, and baking. You can use your own
common knowledge (or google) to find out which everyday foods this toxin is
found in.

How much is safe to ingest?

There are not many regulations regarding this toxin.
EFSA concludes that there is not a known tolerable amount due to acrylamide
being a genotoxic substance. There are new regulations being put out every year
to reduce acrylamide.

Here is a weblink to follow for more in depth information from the FDA.

•Practical ways to reduce acrylamide:

-simmer, steaming or boiling
-keep your potatoes at room temperature
-potatoes and vegetable should be soaked in water immediately after cutting
-avoid scorching (aka toasting) your food
-stir fry using low heat and stir often

 

 

 

My objective here is to simply educate you and your families. Healthy Homes are my passion. The best place to start is on the inside. Do not despise small changes as they will add up to a much larger, healthier outcome.