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We found an awesome tutorial for a chemical-free scouring powder. We love the simplicity of this idea! – it will help you to reduce your use of detergents and cleaning products for many household jobs. The recipe for this herbal scouring powder has only three ingredients, so there’s every reason to try it out!
The main ingredient is Bicarbonate of Soda (baking soda), which is a very versatile cleaning agent – it is cheap and environmentally friendly! – in fact, there are so many uses for it that we can substitute it for many different household chemicals and it is safe enough to use on the skin! “Bicarb” is ideal for cleaning kitchens and bathrooms. Here’s a link that gives a long list of its uses: http://www.herbs-info.com/blog/30-amazing-uses-for-baking-soda
It could be that you’ve been using bicarb for your cleaning already – if so, you’ll know how well it works – but it has no scent to freshen up your home or to help keep bacteria at bay. Adding herbs and essential oils will make a difference as well as adding some aromatherapy to your cleaning chores! The only problem we could find is that sometimes the baking soda may leave a residue but this can easily be cleaned off with water.
Recent research has shown that some “antimicrobial” products, such as Triclosan – found in liquid hand soaps, can cause problems if released into the environment. Triclosan is defined as a pesticide by the Environmental protection agency and it could cause a build up of toxicity in living organisms. Another significant problem with these chemicals has been highlighted – they can aid disease-causing microbes to develop resistance to antibiotics. Please see this page for more information: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16922622
For these reasons, it would appear to be a great idea to minimise their use. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are a popular way to clean up if hot water and soap are not available – it is generally suggested only to use antibacterials when there is a risk of spreading illness and hand sanitizer is unavailable. There are safer options including salt, lemon juice and vinegar.
Borax is a common cleaning agent that is suggested in the article to add to your mix to give it a bit more cleaning power. It will certainly do the trick but we have found it to have some health risks attached and it can be especially dangerous if children come into contact with it. This page will give you the details: https://www.hunker.com/12003891/risks-associated-with-borax
Here’s the link to the full tutorial: http://thenerdyfarmwife.com/herbal-scouring-powder/
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