A Fresh Start: Natural Spring Cleaning
A clean living space makes a house a home, but using harsh chemicals can contaminate your home with toxins, defeating the purpose of all that scrubbing, soaking, washing and dusting. Exposure to chemicals common in household cleaners can have adverse effects on your family’s health. Household cleaners can cause mild irritations, and have also been linked to cancer and asthma. In addition, they’re responsible for thousands of poisonings every year — mostly of children.
Chemical-laden cleaners pollute our air and water, packing landfills and contaminating water sources and marine habitats after being washed down sewer systems. Petroleum-based cleaners and plastic packaging also help deplete nonrenewable natural resources. Fortunately, nature provides simple, effective materials that clean and disinfect naturally, leaving your home clean and safe. Just open your cupboards — five simple, nontoxic items can handle all your household cleaning.
How to Make Homemade Cleaning Products
Upcycled Chair Planter
Create a unique rustic planter by transforming an old farmhouse chair into a beautiful adornment for your porch or yard.
Add inexpensive décor to your landscape by using fibers on hand to create an adorable fabric-covered terra cot pot.
Pretty Embroidered Patches
Extend the life of old worn clothes by patching with fabric from another recycled garment and embellish with embroidery for a fashionable patch.