Did you know how easy it is to make your own cleansers for around the house? How about how much money you will save by doing so? You might be surprised. Some are toxic, however, so treat your homemade cleansers just as you would any other, and keep out of reach of children! The cleansers, not yourself.
Basic ingredients include baking soda, vinegar, water, detergent, ammonia and bleach. Some people claim bleach and asthma are related, so you may opt not to use cleansers requiring this ingredient.
If you do use store bought cleansers, remember, products with a warning label that says poison are most hazardous, danger is somewhat less hazardous, and warning or caution less so still, so if you can buy products that say warning or caution rather than hazardous, it is an improvement.
Now, homemade cleansers are often not as powerful as those you buy, or may not be as gentle to surfaces. Remember, detergents may be abrasive. You may also have to mix them fresh for greatest effectiveness.
Do not use products with baking soda on aluminum!
Bleach! Obviously, use this only on surfaces that won't be damaged by the bleach, and keep it well away from children. You may also dilute the bleach. Keep the room well ventilated for your own comfort while using bleach.
Do not reuse containers for different cleansers without rinsing at least three times to ensure all old ingredients are gone.
Label all homemade products clearly.
Keep all cleaning products out of reach of children.
Never mix chlorine bleach with ammonia. This will create a deadly gas.
Rinse all containers and measuring cups well after use.
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