One of our passions here at RootedHealth™ is creating completely natural, non-toxic cleaning products. Let us help you transform the indoor air quality in your home, office or school with easy, inexpensive and environmentally friendly solutions.
Benefits of Green Cleaning
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, there are a number of important attributes of greener cleaning products, including:
- Minimizing exposure to potentially harmful chemicals, including:
- Carcinogens, reproductive toxins and other damaging substances
- Ozone-depleting compounds as listed in Clean Air Act regulations
- Regulated hazardous materials
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- Limiting adverse effects on water quality and aquatic life
- Adaptable for use in cold water in order to conserve energy
How to Find Safe Products
Manufactures are not legally required to disclose ingredients on product labels, which can be protected as “trade secrets.” Cleaning supplies independently certified by Green Seal or EcoLogo meet green standards. A helpful resource is the Environmental Working Group’s searchable database with toxicity ratings for over 2,000 cleaning products. http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners.
Homemade Cleaning Products... What’s Cooking in the Kitchen
Our favorite solution for safer alternatives is homemade cleaning products. Doing it yourself is easy, budget-friendly and fun! RootedHealth™ is available to conduct workshops for schools, fairs, groups and individuals on how to make your own cleaning products. We provide the following:
- Safer alternatives for all of your cleaning needs, including dishwashing and laundry
- A detailed description of how to use common items in your home (e.g. baking soda, vinegar, salt, etc.) for specific cleaning needs
- Hands on step-by-step instructions on how to make common household cleaners for the kitchen, bathroom, furniture and more
- Printed recipe guide
- Guidance on determine the right essential oils to add to your cleaners
Tips and Recipes
We are happy to share our favorite tips and recipes to get you started:
1 C. borax
1 C. baking soda
10 drops essential oil (suggestions: lavender, sandalwood, lemongrass)
Mix all ingredients together in a container, sprinkle over carpet, let sit for 20 minutes and vacuum.
Drain Opener (for metal pipes only, not plastic):
½ C. baking soda
1 C. white vinegar
½ C. salt
4 quarts of hot water (or 1 tea kettle full)
Dilute the salt in the hot water and have it ready. Pour the baking soda down the sink first, followed by the vinegar. When it starts to fizz, cover the drain and let sit until the fizzing stops. Pour the hot water/salt mixture down the drain. The process may need repeating for heavy clogs.
Woodland Glass Cleaner:
1 C. water
½ C. vinegar
¼ C. rubbing alcohol
10 drops essential oils (suggestions: pine, fir or spruce)
Mix ingredients into a spray bottle and apply. Rub with a cotton cloth or newspaper. To avoid streaks, do not use in sunlight.
½ C. baking soda
½ C. vinegar
10 drops essential oil (suggestion: tea tree)
Mix all ingredients together and scrub with a toilet brush.
•Re-purpose empty washed yogurt containers to mix carpet and toilet cleaners
•Substitute dryer sheets with a few drops of your favorite essential oil on an extra piece of cotton fabric
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