Store bought cleaners can be found in also every household, dormitory, and office. These cleaning products often contain dangerous chemicals which can be harmful to the human body. These chemicals can end up on food, utensils, furniture, children’s toys, and clothes and potentially have adverse health effects. Most cleaning supplies contribute to greenhouse gas emissions in some form, whether it be the packaging they are stored in or the fumes they give off. Some products can also contaminate soil and groundwater if disposed of improperly.
To avoid chemicals that may be dangerous to both your body and the environment, you can easily make homemade cleaning solutions with everyday household ingredients. Making your own cleaners will also allow you to reuse spray bottles and other cleaning containers, reducing the amount of plastic containers you buy and dispose of! Here are a few simple recipes that you can try at home:
Dishwasher Soap and Laundry Detergent
Written by Alyssa Lemire, Class of 2017
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