How to clean up after the holiday. 3 recipes for sustainable cleaning products

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How to clean up after the holiday. 3 recipes for sustainable cleaning products

4 January


Happy holidays, friends! After the New Year’s feast, now you need to tidy up the house. In Food and the Brain in Practice, David Perlmutter and Christine Loberg suggest doing this in a sustainable way – limiting the use of chemistry as much as possible.

Scientists dealing with chemical pollution of the environment say that almost every person, regardless of age and region of residence, has accumulated a fairly large amount of synthetic chemicals that are permanently deposited in adipose tissues. Do not wait for some chemical to be declared dangerous and excluded from our lives by environmental organizations: if in doubt, make that decision yourself. Below are a few ideas to help you make your life cleaner from chemicals.

  • When purchasing clothing, fabrics, upholstered furniture or mattresses, make sure that they are made from natural materials and do not have fire-resistant, stain-resistant and water-repellent coatings and impregnations.
  • Do wet cleaning (floors and windowsills) at least once a week.
  • Choose cleaners, laundry detergents, disinfectants, stain removers, and cleaners that do not contain synthetic chemicals (find ones that use natural, non-toxic ingredients). Or do it yourself: Simple, inexpensive, and effective cleaners can be made with borax (sodium tetraborate), baking soda, vinegar, and water (recipes below).
  • Houseplants such as crested chlorophytum, aloe, chrysanthemums, gerberas, Boston moss (sublime nephrolepis), ivy and philodendron naturally purify the air of harmful and toxic substances. Have as many of them at home as possible.

Some plants purify the air effectively. A source

  • Indoor air, including your home, contains many harmful and toxic substances due to the presence of suspended particles from furniture, electronics and other household items. Always ventilate the area well. Install high efficiency HEPA filters whenever possible. Change the filters in your home’s air conditioning and heating system every three to six months. Avoid using room deodorants and electric air fresheners. Reduce dust content on surfaces by using vacuum cleaners with the same HEPA filters.

Three homemade cleaning products

Replacing all the questionable chemistry you use at home with alternative remedies may be challenging. It is not at all necessary to solve it in one day. Do everything gradually – one chemical or room at a time.

Multipurpose cleaner and deodorant:

  • 120 ml of baking soda;
  • 2 liters of warm water.

Mix ingredients and store in a spray bottle.

Glass cleaner:

  • 960 ml of water;
  • 240 ml white vinegar;
  • 120 ml of 70% medical alcohol;
  • 2-4 drops of aromatic oil of your choice.

Mix ingredients and store in a spray bottle.


  • 2 tbsp. l. borax;
  • 60 ml white vinegar;
  • 720 ml hot water.

Mix ingredients and store in a spray bottle.

Based on the book “Food and the Brain in Practice”

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