How to Make Homemade Lung-Safe Cleaning Products
May 06, 2021
Cleaning is an essential part of maintaining a healthy and happy home. In the midst of a pandemic, it’s become increasingly important to be diligent about cleaning and disinfecting our homes. Unfortunately, many store-bought cleaning products contain harmful chemicals and irritating fragrances that can increase respiratory symptoms. In fact, common household cleaning products are a contributing factor in 1 in 7 adult asthma cases. Part of maintaining a healthy home is choosing cleaning products that are effective but don’t cause harm to our overall health.
In this article, we’ll discuss what products to avoid, what ingredients are safe and other cleaning tips for a safe and healthy household.
Cleaning Products to Avoid
While some store-bought cleaning products are okay to use, many contain harmful ingredients that could pose risk to those dealing with asthma, COPD or any other lung-related illnesses. Some of the ingredients you should avoid include:
- Ammonia: Though it has cleaning properties, it can cause burns if it touches exposed skin and can cause burning and irritation to the mouth and throat if ingested.
- Bleach: The fumes from bleach can be extremely irritating to the lungs and can burn human tissue internally and externally.
- Aerosol sprays: Aerosol sprays are filled with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that release harmful toxins into the air in our homes, resulting in chronic respiratory issues.
- Sodium hydroxide (oven cleaners): Oven cleaners release toxic fumes making them extremely harmful to individuals with existing respiratory problems.
- Fragrances: Store-bought products are often made with added fragrances that contain phthalates, which are used to help make the fragrances last longer. Phthalates can damage the lungs and have been found to be a contributing factor causing asthma and other lung-related diseases.
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Castile soap
- Tea tree
- Bowl with a lid
- White vinegar
- Dish towels or washcloths
- Castile soap
- Essential oil of choice (optional)
- In your bowl, combine one part vinegar, peroxide or alcohol and one part warm water
- Add 3-4 drops of castile soap
- Add 2-3 drops of essential oils for fragrance (optional)
- Mix the ingredients together in the bowl
- Roll the dish towels or washcloths and place them into the mixture
- Put the lid on and store the wipes in a cool, dry place
- When a mess occurs, take out a wipe and get to cleaning!
- When the rag is dirty, wash it and repeat the process
- Spray bottle
- 2 cups of vinegar
- 2 cups of water
- Citrus peels (optional)
- Combine citrus peels and vinegar in an air-tight container. Let it sit for 1-2 weeks. *If you don’t want to make a citrus-scented solution, skip to step 3.
- After you’ve let the mixture sit for 1-2 weeks, strain it so you’re left with citrus-infused vinegar. Throw the peels away.
- Pour the vinegar mixture and the water into a spray bottle.
- Stir or shake to combine.