Using “green” household cleaners is important for anyone but especially for those with compromised lung function such as COPD or asthma. Conventional cleaning products expose us to toxic fumes and harmful chemicals that can seep into the skin and cause serious long-term effects. Fortunately gentle, and safe formulas are readily available to buy and even easier to make yourself! Here are a few simple ways to cut the cost of both your health and pocketbook.
One age-old cleaning solution is simply water, dish detergent, and vinegar. This mixture is effective for cleaning everything from windows to cutting household grease. Just combine a few tablespoons of mild detergent with one part water to one part vinegar and you have a money-saving all-purpose cleaner.
Stock up on essential oils! Not only are you combining cleaning with aromatherapy, but did you know that lavender is also known as nature’s disinfectant? Try adding a few drops to laundry and dish detergent, or in a spray bottle to disinfect everything from countertops to waste bins. Lemon oil is very effective as a degreaser, and can also be added to your dishwasher or washing machine to boost cleaning power. Add some essential lemon oil to your drinking water to stay hydrated as you do those chores!
Borax powder is a workhorse in the home. This product is available in virtually any store with a cleaning aisle and can be added to carpet cleaners, laundry loads, and pet areas for fantastic odor control. As a safer alternative to Comet powder cleanser, it can be used to effectively scrub hard surfaces such as sinks, and bathtubs without the harmful effects of bleach, and other chemicals.
While housecleaning may not be your favorite task, making the change to safer products is well worth the effort!