While most people don't consider their home as an environment that is filled with toxins, the truth is that most homes have a significant amount of them. From chemical cleaners to repair pastes and paint, most homes are filled with chemicals known to be quite toxic. Even some laundry detergents, soaps and hair and body products are known to be a little on the edge and most can be harmful to children and pets if ingested.
So when looking at ways to lessen the amount of toxins in a home there are a whole host of areas that can be revamped. The best place to start is the kitchen and cleaning chemicals. Certainly, there are a good amount of chemicals on the market for cleaning and many of them do a fair job at cleaning a whole variety of different parts of a home.
The good news is that people can also get some pretty great alternative safe and natural cleaning products from grocery stores, hardware stores, pharmacies and natural food stores. Many of the cleaning products sold in the stores are citrus based. For basic cleaning of kitchen areas, many of the cleaning solutions are orange or lemon citrus based. Furniture polishes that are natural usually include some type of oil and lemon base as well. In addition there are quite a few laundry detergents that have either baking soda or an orange natural base in them.
While any natural product still can make a child or pet or any person sick if ingested, they are rarely so toxic or caustic that they can be deadly if ingested. For families with children and pets, this can be a great relief. Overall, no matter what area of the home you are looking to detoxify, there are some great alternatives available to be bought or made.
In addition to over the counter cleaners that are more natural, people can readily make their own cleaners at home with a few easy to find items off their own shelves. Some of the most widely used home based cleaners include: baking soda, citrus oils such as lemon and orange, white vinegar, glycerin and Castile soaps, as well as hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol. As a general rule for people who are in need of a good powder cleanser, baking soda is definitely top on the list for preferred user ability and effectiveness. In fact, baking soda is great for both the bathtub and sinks as well as is being good for cleaning inside ovens and refrigerators.
As a general cleanser for faucets, glass and mirrors, white vinegar with lemon oil drops in a spray works quite well. For almost everything else Castile and glycerin soap are very effective. This includes washing floors and tiles. Adding a fresh lemon oil or orange oil scent can also make the room smell fresh and clean. When a disinfectant is needed, adding a few drops of rubbing alcohol and or using peroxide on an area is quite effective. It should be noted that both vinegar and lemon are a great disinfectants as well, but Castile soap and vinegar should not be mixed for cleaning. A good mixture for a basic cleaner is: 2 cups of water, 4 tbsp of white vinegar, 1 tbsp of natural dish soap and 16-20 drops of lemon oil.
Another area that is often important to reduce toxins in the home is personal hygiene. As an example, personal deodorant is widely acknowledged as a potential hazard because it is high in aluminum. Aluminum is known to have a link to cancer and other health issues. To replace this, there are crystallized salt blocks and roll-ons that work very well and are totally non-toxic. In fact, for women who have had a breast cancer scare or people with immune concerns it is one of the only anti-antiperspirants recommended for use. These can be found online or at a natural health food store. For body soap, the best choices are Castile or glycerin soaps. Both have no toxic base and leave very little residue.