are something we all do at one time or another. Especially in the bathroom, like
that Tub. But what products are being used. Are you actually helping or hurting your home? Let me show you how to
using natural, safe, DIY cleaning products; That leave not only your tub sparkling but smelling fresh and clean; without harming your health.
Growing up I remember always having comet in my parents home.
I’m sure you can all relate… Never get the green metal can wet or else the whole thing was ruined.
I still remember the comet song:
Comet, make you teeth turn green
Comet, it smells like gasoline.
Comet, it’ll make you vomit, so try some comet, and vomit, today
I was home schooled, what can I say..
Anyways, as I grew older and realized that the green goop was quite smelly and must not be all that good. I switched to another well known brand. With the same effect as comet, paste and all, this became my go to scrubber.
It was a white like paste, and smelled like lemons. I used it on everything,, The kitchen, bathrooms, and even hard to clean messes. Again, it had become my go to scrubbing cleaner.
Only…. I was creating more of a hazardous home, that actually cleaning it. Sadly, I didn’t even know how bad .
When people think of the word “ health” they usually think of healthy food, or eating healthy. Only, this is just one small park of being healthy. What you are placing on your skin, or inhaling into your body is also a big part of being healthy.
When we clean, and use “chemicals” as our cleaning products, we are inhaling that artificial chemical smell right into our bloodstream.
Inhaling is almost the same as eating. I do not think if you were offered a big bowl of toilet bowl cleaner for dinner, you would except the invite. So, why inhale it.
Here is the ingredient list to that popular white scrubbing product:
Water, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Alcohol Ethoxylate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Bicarbonate, Fragrance, Preservative, D-Limonene, Linalool
Wow, that is a lot of Sodium, I didn’t even know there were so many different types.
Lets now break down these ingredients:
Water: Well at least Water is the first ingredient, and the only positive one
Calcium Carbonate: Often found in antacids. Calcium Carbonate can cause: abd. Pain, Confusion, Depression, Diarrhea, Headaches, Vomiting, Irregular Heartbeats, and can even cause kidney damage.
Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate: When Inhaled this chemical can cause Sore throat, cough. Further more when placed on the skin it can cause extreme redness. Sodium D also creates toxic fumes when heated, or mixed with acids such as sulfur exudes.
Alcohol Ethoxylate: This Chemical is commonly found in cleaning items. Seeing how most cleaning products are washed down the drain, this chemical it has created a high amount of toxins into our water systems, leading to ingestion down the road either by plants, animals, or water that have consumed this chemical.
Sodium Chloride: Salt, however, without seeing pure natural salt placed into this product, I cant state that it is just that pure.
Sodium Hydroxide: Otherwise known as Lye. This chemical is used to help balance the Ph levels in cosmetics and personal care products. This is known to be classified as toxic or a harmful ingredient. It has been linked to cancer, and system toxicity. It shows to effect the nervous system, metabolic and sense organs at even the smallest doses.
Sodium Bicarbonate: Baking Soda
Fragrance: Most people think when they hear the word fragrance, they think of fresh flowers, and delicious smelling things. However, the word fragrance in this context just don’t mean the same. Fragrance scents are artificial chemical compounds that are more than a health risk that a smell good product. Exposure to the chemical can cause things like headaches, irritation to the eyes,throat, and nose. Nausea, loss of coordination and multiple respiratory issues. It has been seen that “fragrance” can also cause asthma attacks and onset sinus conditions.
Preservative: This is a chemical used to reduce the amount of contaminates. Therefore, extending the life of a product. Parabens, Formaldehyde, Isothiazolinones, Phenoxyethanol, and Acids can all be used in under the name of a “ Preservative”.
Side note: Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, when mixed with an acid can create toxic fumes.
D-Limonene: Used to create a false “ Citrus” smell. However, what you are smelling is really a chemical. This chemical is considered a skin irritant. Although studies state that D-Limonene is low for carcinogenicity, when tested on lab rats they have been shown to increase this risk and develop tumors. This is not something I would want to take the risk on.
Linalool: This is yet another artificial, synthetic, fragrance chemical. Nothing good good about this one either.
Now seeing all of these chemicals. Do you want to use these products in your home? I know I sure don’t.
That is why I came up with this DIY l natural Scrubbing cleaning product.
I like to call it Scrub My Tub clean.
This product is great for jobs that need a little more elbow grease, and a little more grit to it. It make a great cleaner for bathtubs… Hints the name “Scrub My Tub“.
This can also be used in the kitchen or the hard to clean messes that we all encounter.
The combo of oils I used were:
Juniper Berry, and Tea Tree Oil. Both of these Oils come jam packet with properties. Plus I feel the sent is a nice neutral smell that is pleasant in the bathroom.
Here are some of the properties of these oils
Tea Tree: Kills Viruses, Candida, Jock-itch, Head Lice, Staph Infections, Acne, Eczema, Fungi, and Bacteria. High in antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Juniper Berry: With its light woody fragrance, It is a natural remedies for skin irritations. Juniper’s antioxidant, and antibacterial properties help fight off free radical damage. And last but not least, juniper oil has such a high amount of antimicrobial properties. It has been shown to kill strains of MRSA, Staph, VRE, Yeast Fungicides including Candida virus.
Now depending on where you may be using this cleanning product you may decide to change up your fragrance. For example: if you are using this in the kitchen you may want more of a clean citrus smell such as a lemon, lime, or orange. All great when it comes to antibacterial properties.
Something that is next on my agenda is using cinnamon oil for a nice fall, crisp smell.
No matter what oils you use, make sure you use a high quality oil.
I use Plant Therapy Essential Oils. I trust this company. They only oils that have been tested and only provide oils that do not use synthetic ingredients. They are customer based to provide these oils and costs that all can afford. I highly suggests you check them out, and pick yourself up some oils to start trying some of your down DIY products.
DIY Natural Scrubbing Cleaner
That is it! How Easy Right!!!
This is a product that is sure to stick around your home for a long time to come.
Stay Healthy Friends