Next time you walk into a room that has recently been cleaned with conventional cleaning products notice how your body reacts. If you take a deep breath do you cough or sneeze? Does the room smell fresh or does it smell more like chemicals? Although for years we associated that chemical smell with cleanliness, once we switched to all natural cleaning products, we could never go back.

Conventional household cleaning products contain harsh chemicals including ammonia and phenol, which can irritate your skin and lungs, and cause headaches. These products are also one of the leading causes of indoor air pollution. So instead of cleaning your home, you’re actually polluting the air you breathe! In fact the EPA says pollution inside the home can be two to five times higher inside a home than outside even in large industrialized cities.

Most natural cleaning products are biodegradable, nontoxic, chlorine-free, and petroleum-free – all good for the planet, but also very good for you. To avoid exposing yourself to these hazardous pollutants, look for non-toxic, environmentally safe household cleaning products, which clean while being gentler on your body.

Natural cleaning products are now widely available in stores, but you can also make your own!

Tips for making your own cleaning products:

Windows: Mix 1/4 cup vinegar with 2 cups water in a spray bottle. Shake before use.

Wood surfaces and floors: Mix 1/4 cup vinegar to a gallon of water with a few drops of lemon essential oil.

Scouring powder: Sprinkle baking soda on surface and scrub with a damp sponge.

Air Freshner: Open the windows! Opening windows lets fresh air enter and stagnant, polluted air exit. But if you also want a little extra boost try essential oils mixed with water in a spray can. Use about one cup of water with 10 drops of essential oils. Shake before use.

Laundry spot remover: Soak stains in white vinegar and warm water. The more stubborn the stain, the more vinegar you should use.

Cleaning with all natural ingredients makes the process so much more enjoyable and healthier! Once you experience the wonderful fresh scents of all natural cleaning products, you’ll never associate that chemical odor with “clean” again!