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Fact: The air in your own home could be more polluted than the air outside, thanks to things like home cleaning products and air fresheners. These types of things can off-gas VOCs – or volatile organic compounds – that float around in your home. You can mitigate these VOCs by switching your cleaners to DIY recipes that are just as effective.

Eco-journalist Candice Batista shares fou eco-friendly home cleaner recipes you can make at home. And don’t worry—they’re super easy!

Tile and Tub Scrub

This is amazing for sinks and tiles in your bathroom and kitchen—it’s easy to make and works so well!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide

WHAT YOU DO:

  1. Mix into a paste. Apply, scrub and rinse!

Tip: You can also use hydrogen peroxide to clean mirrors or glass! It doesn’t leave streaks and there’s no rinsing required.

Laundry Booster

This DIY laundry booster is super easy to make.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 cups washing soda
  • 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • A jar
  • WHAT YOU DO:

    1. Mix and store in a jar
    2. Candice uses 1/2 a cup in one cycle. You can also add 1/2 a cup to a bucket of water to soak heavily soiled clothing or stained clothing. Washing soda breaks down grease and hydrogen peroxide is a great sanitizer.

    Gym Gear Spray

    Gym equipment like gym gloves, yoga mats, even your dumbbells can always use a good spray!

    WHAT YOU NEED:

      Glass bottle
      1 cup distilled water
      ¼ cup witch-hazel (this is a good anti-bacterial that will also help to deodorize. Make sure it has no alcohol on it. You can substitute witch-hazel for white vinegar)
      Tea tree oil
      Lavender oil

    WHAT YOU DO:

    1. Put water in bottle
    2. Add 15 drops of tea tree oil (studies have shown that this essential oil can kill bacteria, viruses and fungi!)
    3. Add 10 drops of lavender
    4. Spray a little onto a cloth and then wipe down your equipment

    DIY Wipes in a Jar

    Wipes are one of the worst things for the environment and they should never ever be flushed. When you flush these, they block storm drains by creating something called fat bergs. Fat bergs happen from non-biodegradable wipes that mx with oil and grease. If the label on your wipes says biodegradable, it should also say how long it takes to biodegrade. You can make your own using a large mason jar.

    WHAT YOU NEED:

    • Fabric
    • Jar
    • Vinegar
    • Water
    • Essential oils

    WHAT YOU DO:

    1. Cut up a bunch of fabric into small squares.
    2. For a very effective all-purpose cleaner, add: vinegar, water, essential oils.
    3. Close the jar, give it a good shake and then add the clothes into the solutions. They will absorb.
    4. Reuse the wipes, wash in the laundry and use again and again.
    5. Have a few jars in key area of the home like the bathrooms and kitchen.