If you haven’t noticed already, I live in the kitchen. I am constantly cooking (which I love!)… and cleaning up (which I do not love!)! It gets pretty messy, especially with two toddlers! I want my counters to be clean, sanitized and look nice! Unfortunately, many of the granite or countertop cleaners are filled with chemicals, are costly and many of them don’t even work that well! They leave a ugly film or streaks across your beautiful counters. Your counters should sparkle, feel clean and sanitized!
Have you really looked at what the ingredients are in your cleaning products? Most of them are full of unhealthy chemicals! Chemicals that we breath in! Chemicals that absorb in our skin! Chemicals that our children inhale! Breathing in those fumes can irritate the lungs, pose a serious health risk !
Shockingly, most households contain between three and 25 gallons of toxic materials in the form of household cleaners, according to Gaiam! Most of these toxic cleaning agents have labels on them, DANGER, WARNING, or POISON, so you don’t need to be reading ingredients like you do food. However, here is a list of some of the DANGEROUS chemicals to be aware of and where they are found! Detox your home by avoiding these toxic chemicals:
- Chlorinated phenols found in toilet bowl cleaners are toxic to respiratory and circulatory systems.
- Diethylene glycol found in window cleaners depresses the nervous system.
- Phenols found in disinfectants are toxic to respiratory and circulatory systems.
- Nonylphenol ethoxylate, a common surfactant (detergent) found in laundry detergents and all-purpose cleaners, is banned in Europe; it has been shown to biodegradeslowly into even more toxic compounds.
- Formaldehyde found in spray and wick deodorizers is a respiratory irritant and suspected carcinogen.
- Petroleum solvents in floor cleaners damage mucous membranes.
- Perchloroethylene, a spot remover, causes liver and kidney damage.
- Butyl cellosolve, common in all-purpose, window and other types of cleaners, damages bone marrow, the nervous system, kidneys and the liver. The list could fill a book. And it’s a book that would include thousands of other chemicals — some so dangerous that they’re found on lists of chemicals associated with Superfund toxic waste sites and in the toxins section of the U.S. Clean Air and Water Acts.
In an effort to avoid these chemicals I have purchased a few organic or non-toxic cleaning agents. Some I like, some I don’t. In an effort to save money, and steer clear of chemicals, I decided to make my own homemade Countertop Cleaner! My counters have never looked better!
Homemade Countertop Cleaner
- 1/2 c. Rubbing Alcohol
- a few drops of liquid dishwash soap like Seventh Generation
- water (fill to top)
- 10 drops of Essential oil of choice (Lemon, Orange, etc)
- 40 oz Empty water bottle (I picked one up at Osh!)
Detox your home and make it GREEN!