9 Easy Ways to Create a Healthy Home

Good health starts in a healthy home, but toxins in the everyday products you use in your home can negatively impact your health and well-being. Some can mess with your hormones and others can have triggering reactions on your nervous system, which is especially important if you have kids with ADHD, autism, asthma, allergies or other chronic health condition. If you feel confused about the simple, practical things you can do, don’t worry. Here are some easy ways to decrease these invisible hazards. Here’s a list of nine items you want to rethink using, and how to shop smarter.

Scrubbing Tile Cleaner

Put some baking soda in a grated cheese container (the kind you find at pizza parlors) and sprinkle it on bathroom sinks, tubs, and showers before scrubbing. For tough stains, make a paste of baking soda and a little water. Smear it on the spot, let it sit for half an hour, and sponge off.

Laundry Bleach

Instead of bleach, try adding one cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide to whites, or one cup of white vinegar to darks (to prevent fading).

Fabric Softener

Try one cup of baking soda for clothes. For towels, add ½ cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle. Fabric softeners can make towels less absorbent, but vinegar deodorizes and softens them without compromising absorbency.

Scouring Pad

Scrub stainless-steel pots and pans with baking soda; it won’t scratch and will give everything a shine. Nasty gunk at the bottom of a pot? Make a paste of baking soda and water, cover the gunk, and let it sit for 30 minutes. Pretty up your stainless-steel sink with the stuff while you wait.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Pour 16 ounces of vinegar into the bowl at night; scrub away grime in the morning.

Drain Cleaner

Pour ½ cup of baking soda into the drain, then slowly add ½ cup of vinegar. Let sit for 30 minutes, then flush with hot water.

Window, Mirror, and Glass Cleaner

Equal parts water and vinegar make windows and other glass gleam. In fact, if you rub a little on your specs, the whole world will get brighter.

Spray Kitchen Cleaner

Fill a metal or glass spray bottle with 3% hydrogen peroxide, then use to disinfect countertops, appliances, and even wood cutting boards. It’ll give your entire kitchen a clean, fresh smell. For even more antigerm power, fill a second metal bottle with vinegar (either white or apple cider) and apply after the peroxide. Word to the wise: Don’t mix both liquids in the same bottle, and don’t use vinegar on granite or marble.

Oven Cleaner

Fill a heatproof deep pan with water, put it on the oven rack, and warm until the steam softens baked-on grease. After the oven cools, use a paste of equal parts salt, baking soda, and vinegar as a scrub.  Beth Greer is the author of Super Natural Home.
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