The study lasted 20 years and included data from 6,235 European participants. The conclusions are staggering: women who take care of the household are breathing more and more poorly over the years.
The picture is particularly bleak for domestic workers. In them, the speed of lung deterioration is comparable to that of a smoker who consumes 20 packs of cigarettes a year.
The best way to not poison your lungs is to make your own homemade products.
The problem is that we often get frustrated quickly when it comes to manufacturing cleaning products. But rest assured, there are simple and inexpensive recipes for making washing powder, dish washing liquid, floor cleaner, etc.
Clean and scented clothes
Nothing is easier than making washing powder. All you need is some organic soap flakes that you will find for sale online or in organic stores. You can also substitute it with organic Marseille soap which you can reduce to a powder using a cheese grater. You only need:
- Put the soap bars in a bowl
- Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda
- Perfume contains 20 drops of essential oils
And that’s it, it’s ready, all you have to do is pour the mixture into the washing machine.
Make your own, so why not ditch the softness of your clothes, definitely not! Fortunately, natural recipes also exist. For this, you need 250 ml of lemon verbena hydrozol. You can make it from essential oil:
- Heat 250 ml of water in a bowl.
- Put 10 drops of exotic verbena essential oil on a filter paper.
- Pour the water and let it drip gently. So the obtained liquid will give a pleasant aroma.
- Then pour water into a salad bowl.
- To make it smoother, all you have to do is:
- Add 150ml of white alcohol vinegar, which you will mix well.
- Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Wait until everything stops foaming to mix.
- Add 20 drops of lemon verbena essential oil.
- Pour the mixture into a bottle and store.
- Your product is ready to use! Add 50ml per wash. If the aroma of essential oil does not suit you, feel free to choose another one.
Clean and shiny floors
Now that your laundry is clean, you need to do the same with your home. Here is a recipe for a floor cleaning product that truly respects the environment and your health. All you need is white vinegar and, if desired, an essential oil of your choice (lemon or tea tree will do).
- Fill a bucket with very hot water
- Pour the equivalent of a cup of white vinegar into the bucket
- If desired, add a few drops of lemongrass essential oil, then simply dip the mop into your preparation and scrub the floor thoroughly. Also note that the hotter the water, the more potent the mixture and the faster it will dry.
For a dishwashing product that effectively washes and degreases dishes, mix 30 cl of liquid black soap and 1 teaspoon of soda crystals (be careful not to confuse with baking soda) in 1 liter of water. Add 30 drops of tea tree essential oil (for its antibacterial effects) or grapefruit (for its aroma). It is best to use this highly liquid dishwashing product with a spray bottle. If you prefer the “soapy lather” recipe, replace the black soap with Marseille soap or Aleppo soap.
Which oil to choose?
The choice of essential oils depends a lot on individual tastes. However, here are some tips, depending on your preference:
- Lavender reminds us of the south and is clean
- Ylang-ylang for a more intense fruity scent
- Lemon or tangerine symbols for freshness
- Tea tree for the perfect cleanse
If you are in a hurry
Here’s a faster alternative: Put a few drops of lemongrass essential oil in white vinegar. And that’s it: the fabric softener is ready.
Window cleaning tip
To clean windows, you do not need chemicals. All you have to do is scrub it with a sponge and warm water. Then swipe the mop. And if your windows are very dirty, add a little white vinegar to the hot water.
And for the dishwasher?
All you have to do is mix 60g of soda crystals, 60g of citric acid and 40g of coconut sulfate in a bottle. Then put a teaspoon in the dishwasher tray for each wash. Warning: Avoid inhaling sodium coco sulfate fumes, which can irritate the respiratory tract. For extra safety, wear a mask