The Clean Living Clinic DIY multi-purpose or cleaning spray is a great place to start in reducing your chemical exposure. Multi-purpose & cleaning sprays are something that most people would struggle to live without but did you know that most mainstream sprays contain a cocktail of nasty ingredients that not only are you inhale and absorb through your skin but if you spray these on your bench where you prepare food you are potentially consuming them also.
In 2016 there were 218 phone calls made to the Queensland Poisons Information Centre regarding all purpose cleaners. (find report here)
Recently a study has also found that cleaning the house is as bad for women's lungs as smoking a packet of cigarettes a day. Researches assessed the lungs of 6,235 women and men at 22 centres. The research found that women who cleaned – either around the house as little as once a week or as professional cleaners - had an 'accelerated' decline in lung capacity. The drop in lung function in both groups was comparable to smoking a pack of 20 cigarettes for between 10-20 years.
Ingredients in your mainstream sprays include;
Phthalates used as a fragrance It is not required by law for companies to disclose what’s in their scents, so you won’t find phthalates on a label but chances are you will find the word “fragrance”. Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors.
Triclosan found in a lot of products labelled “antibacterial.” This ingredient has been banned in the US for use in hand wash etc as their has been no significant evidence that it works. However here in Australia it is still being used in many products including multipurpose spray. Triclosan is an aggressive antibacterial agent that can promote the growth of drug-resistant bacteria as well as eco system problems.
2-butoxyethanol is the key ingredient in many window cleaners and gives them their characteristic sweet smell. It belongs in the category of “glycol ethers,” a set of powerful solvents that don’t mess around. Law does not require 2-butoxyethanol to be listed on a product’s label. According to the EPA’s Web site, in addition to causing sore throats when inhaled, at high levels glycol ethers can also contribute to narcosis, pulmonary edema, and severe liver and kidney damage.
Ammonia found in Polishing agents for bathroom fixtures, sinks and jewelry; also in glass cleaner.
Chlorine found in Scouring powders, toilet bowl cleaners, mildew removers, laundry whiteners
Sodium Hydroxide found in oven cleaners and drain openers.also known as lye, sodium hydroxide is extremely corrosive: If it touches your skin or gets in your eyes, it can cause severe burns. Routes of exposure are skin contact and inhalation. Inhaling sodium hydroxide can cause a sore throat that lasts for days
Fortunately there are so many alternatives!!
The Clean Living Clinic have two low-toxic DIY multi-purpose spray recipes as well as our multi use MYsoft scrub which provide a safe choice to reduce your chemical exposure. You can get more of the MYhome cleaning recipes in our DIY MYrecipe folder here.
Below is one of my favorite recipes so you can get started on YOUR chemical free journey.
MY DIY multi purpose cleaning spray
You Will Need:-
· 1/4 Tbsp Sodium Bicarbonate
· 125ml of Distilled water,
· 10-20 drops of 100% pure essential oil*
· 10ml Organic Castile soap
1. Add Water & Sodium Bicarbonate
2. gently shake to combine—make sure spray setting is set on closed to avoid leaking,
4. Store in a cool dark place
Simply spray the DIY multi-purpose spray onto surface and leave for approx. 10 minutes (works well on shower screens)
Using a soft cloth and wipe
May need to rinse.
*Essential oils amazing for DIY multi-purpose spray:
Grapefruit - Antiseptic, disinfectant
Peppermint - Antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral
Cinnamon - Antibacterial, antifungal, anti
infectious, antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti viral
Lemon - Antiviral, Antiseptic, Antifungal
Tea Tree - Antibacterial, antifungal, insecticidal
All ingredients and packaging is available in our MYstore!!
Watch Marnie from Toxin Free Tribe create The Clean Living Clinic DIY Multi Cleaning spray MYrecipe below....
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***These statements have not been evaluated by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration and The Clean Living Clinics product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.