Today's modern home is loaded with toxic and polluting substances designed to make domestic life easier. But, the cost of these commercial, chemical-based products can be high. These products have long term health concerns for the family, and environmental pollution caused by their manufacture and disposal. In Australia, for example, many, many people suffer from allergies, asthma, sinusitis or bronchitis. Treatment for these conditions should include reducing synthetic chemicals in the home environment.
For many home-cleaning chores, you can make your own cleaning products using some of the recipes below.
A growing number of commercial non-toxic home cleaning products are also available, as healthier and environmentally responsible alternatives. Your use of these products helps promote the growth of green businesses which are contributing to a sustainable economy. When I want to buy any products I will only do so from companies that I trust. I am a Wellness Advocate with Dottera. Here is my website: mydoterra.com/offthegridinoz.
There are many inexpensive, easy-to-use natural alternatives which can safely be used in place of commercial household products. Here is a list of common, environmentally safe products which can be used alone or in combination for a wealth of household applications.
Bi Carb- cleans, deodorizes, softens water, scours.
Soap - unscented soap in liquid form, flakes, powders or bars is biodegradable and will clean just about anything. Avoid using soaps which contain petroleum distillates.
Lemon - one of the strongest food-acids, effective against most household bacteria.
White Vinegar - cuts grease, removes mildew, odors, some stains and wax build-up.
Washing Soda - or SAL Soda is sodium carbonate decahydrate, a mineral. Washing soda cuts grease, removes stains, softens water, cleans walls, tiles, sinks and tubs. Use care, as washing soda can irritate mucous membranes. Do not use on aluminum.
Corn Flour - can be used to clean windows, polish furniture, shampoo carpets and rugs.
Essential Oils - These are wonderful and can be used in so many ways around the house. There isn't too many things I do at home, whether it be for cleaning the house, keeping bugs and vermin at bay, or keeping us healthy, where I don't include essential oils. Please see below to buy Doterra essential oils at wholesale prices to save you 25% off retail price. I only use and recommend Doterra for a lot of reasons. I trust Doterra Essential Oils.
Borax - (sodium borate) cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, softens water, cleans wallpaper, painted walls and floors. One question that gets asked alot ... Is Borax Safe? Borax is considered a mild skin irritant similar to baking soda. The MSDS lists borax as a health hazard of 1, similar to salt and baking soda. A health concern with borax is with its potential to disrupt the reproductive system. Studies have not been done in humans regarding this; however, potential reproductive issues in mice are suspected from high levels of ingested borax. Use of borax for home cleaning formulas, where no borax is ingested, has not been shown to pose health hazards. Borax is a natural substance which is non-carcinogenic, does not accumulate in the body, or absorb through the skin. It is not harmful to the environment. Recipes
Combinations of the above basic products can provide less harmful substitutions for many commercial home products. In most cases, they're also less expensive. Here are some recipes for safe, alternative home care products:
Note: These recipes and substitutions are offered to help minimise the use of toxic substances in your home, and reduce the environmental harm caused by the manufacture, use and disposal of toxics. Results may vary so I cannot guarantee them, they have proven to be effective for me, however,before applying any cleaning formulations, test in small hidden areas if possible. Always use caution with any new product in your home. Make sure to keep all home-made formulas well-labeled, and out of the reach of children.All-Purpose Cleaner
: Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup bi carb (or 2 teaspoons borax) into 2 litres water. Store and keep. Use for removal of water deposit stains on shower stall panels, bathroom chrome fixtures, windows, bathroom mirrors, etc.
My favourite All Purpose Cleaner recipe.
¼ cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon liquid soap, 1 ¾ cups water, 30 drops essential oils. I like 15 drops each of Lavender and Lemon but I sometimes change it to 10 drops each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Wild Orange or 30 drops doTERRA On Guard®, or 15 drops each of Grapefruit and doTERRA On Guard. (See below for where to buy Doterra products). Add all ingredients to 500ml spray bottle. Shake thoroughly.
Another alternative are microfiber cloths which lift off dirt, grease and dust without the need for cleaning chemicals, because they are formulated to penetrate and trap dirt. There are a number of different brands. A good quality cloth can last for several years. I've heard however that they may not be the best for the environment. Air Freshener:
Commercial air fresheners mask smells and coat nasal passages to diminish the sense of smell. Bi Carb or vinegar with lemon juice in small dishes absorbs odours around the house. Having houseplants helps reduce odours in the home. Prevent cooking odours by simmering vinegar (1 tbsp in 1 cup water) on the stove while cooking. To get such smells as fish and onion off utensils and cutting boards, wipe them with vinegar and wash in soapy water. Keep fresh coffee grounds on the counter. Grind up a slice of lemon in the garbage disposal. Simmer water and cinnamon or other spices on stove. Place bowls of fragrant dried herbs and flowers in room.
My favourite ways: Diffuse 5 drops of Doterra's Purify Essential Oil blend with 5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil as air fresheners. Make a spray air freshener by adding 20 drops each Doterra's Purify blend and Lemon Essential oil to a 500ml spray bottle, add 1 tablespoon or vodka and top with water.
Mould in bathroom tile grout is a common problem and can be a health concern. Mix one part hydrogen peroxide (3%) with two parts water in a spray bottle and spray on areas with mould. Wait at least one hour before rinsing or using shower. Spray mold and mildew with straight white vinegar then wipe it down with a damp cloth sprinkled with straight Melaleuca, Lemon, and Grapefruit essential oils. Leave alone for half an hour, and then rinse off. Borax disinfects and prevents mould from building up… use Borax and clean often to PREVENT mold.
Carpet stains: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray directly on stain, let sit for several minutes, and clean with a brush or sponge using warm soapy water.
For fresh grease spots, sprinkle corn flour onto spot and wait 15 - 30 minutes before vacuuming.
For a heavy duty carpet cleaner, mix 1/4 cup each of salt, borax and vinegar. Rub paste into carpet and leave for a few hours. Vacuum.Chopping block cleaner
: Rub a slice of lemon across a chopping block to disinfect the surface. For tougher stains, squeeze some of the lemon juice onto the spot and let sit for 10 minutes, then wipe.Coffee and tea stains:
Stains in cups can be removed by applying vinegar to a sponge and wiping. To clean a teakettle or coffee maker, add 2 cups water and 1/4 cup vinegar; bring to a boil. Let cool, wipe with a clean cloth and rinse thoroughly with water.
Plastic food storage containers - soak overnight in warm water and bi carb. In-sink garbage disposal units - grind up lemon or orange peel in the unit. Carpets - sprinkle bi carb several hours before vacuuming. Dishwasher Soap:
Mix equal parts of borax and washing soda, but increase the washing soda if your water is hard. I really like this one ... 1 cup bi carb, ¼ cup citric acid, 1 tablespoon doTERRA On Guard Cleaner Concentrate, 5 drops Grapefruit essential oil..(see below for where to buy). Put bi carb, citric acid, doTERRA On Guard Cleaner Concentrate, and Grapefruit oil in a mixing bowl. Mix together until the mixture is an even consistency. Place in silicon molds and let sit for four hours. Remove tabs. Store in an airtight container. Use in dishwasher in place of store-bought dishwasher tablets.
: Commercial low-phosphate detergents are not themselves harmful, but phosphates nourish algae which use up oxygen in waterways. A detergent substitution is to use liquid soap. Add 2 or 3 tablespoons of vinegar to the warm, soapy water for tough jobs.
This is my favourite one: 300g castile soap, 20 drops of essential oils (Lemon, or a mix of Lemon and OnGuard blend. (see below for where to buy)Disinfectant:
Mix 2 teaspoons borax, 4 tablespoons vinegar and 3 cups hot water. For stronger cleaning power add 1/4 teaspoon liquid castile soap. Wipe on with dampened cloth or use non-aerosol spray bottle. (This is not an antibacterial formula. The average kitchen or bathroom does not require antibacterial cleaners.) To disinfect kitchen sponges, put them in the dishwasher when running a load.
This is my favourite: ¼ cup white vinegar. 1 ¾ cups water. 30 drops doTERRA essential oils. Recommended essential oil combinations: 15 drops each of Lavender and Lemon. I recommend these essential oil combinations: 15 drops each of Lavender and Lemon, 10 drops each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Wild Orange, 30 drops doTERRA On Guard, 15 drops each of Grapefruit and doTERRA On Guard. Instructions Add all ingredients to 500ml spray bottle. Shake thoroughly.
For light drain cleaning, mix 1/2 cup salt in 4 litres water, heat (but not to a boil) and pour down the drain. For stronger cleaning, pour about 1/2 cup bi carb down the drain, then 1/2 cup vinegar. The resulting chemical reaction can break fatty acids down into soap and glycerine, allowing the clog to wash down the drain. After 15 minutes, pour in boiling water to clear residue. Caution: only use this method with metal plumbing. Plastic pipes can melt if excess boiling water is used. Also, do not use this method after trying a commercial drain opener--the vinegar can react with the drain opener to create dangerous fumes.Fabric softener
: To reduce static cling, dampen your hands, then shake out your clothes as you remove them from the drier. Line-drying clothing is another alternative. Try this 2 cups white vinegar, 3 drops Lemon essential oil, 3 drops Lime essential oil, 3 drops Grapefruit essential oil, Citrus peels (optional). Add citrus peels into 500ml glass bottle. Fill bottle halfway with vinegar. Add in essential oils and shake bottle well. Fill remainder with vinegar. Let sit for at least 1 week before use. Depending on the size of your load, you can use anywhere from two tablespoons up to ¼ cup at a time. If your water is harder, you may need to use more. A good rule of thumb? Your laundry should not smell like vinegar when done, if it does, you’ve used too much.
Floor Cleaner and Polish:
Vinyl and linoleum: mix 1 cup vinegar and a few drops of olive oil in 4 litres warm water. For tough jobs, add 1/4 cup borax. Use sparingly on lineoleum.
Wood: apply a thin coat of 1:1 vegetable oil and vinegar and rub in well.
Painted wood: mix 1 teaspoon washing soda into 4 litres hot water.
Brick and stone tiles: mix 1 cup white vinegar in 4 litres water; rinse with clear water.
Most floor surfaces can be easily cleaned using a solution of vinegar and water. For damp-mopping wood floors: mix equal amounts of white distilled vinegar and water. Add 15 drops of pure peppermint oil; shake to mix.
For Pine floors try this: 1 gallon warm water, 2 tablespoon liquid castile soap, 5 drops Douglas Fir essential oil, 5 drops White Fir essential oil, 5 drops Cypress essential oil. 10 drops Lemon essential oil. Add soap and essential oils to bucket of warm water. Use mop or rag to clean floors. Pour into a spray bottle for cleaning countertops. Note: This solution does not need to be rinsed off.
For varnished wood, add a few drops of lemon oil into a 1/2 cup warm water. Mix well and spray onto a soft cotton cloth. Cloth should only be slightly damp. Wipe furniture with the cloth, and finish by wiping once more using a dry soft cotton cloth.
My favourite is: ¼ cup vinegar. 10 drops doTERRA essential oils (Wild Orange, Arborvitae, or Lemon) Instructions: Add olive oil and vinegar to glass spray bottle. Add 10 drops of essential oil.
For unvarnished wood, mix two tsps each of olive oil and lemon juice and apply a small amount to a soft cotton cloth. Wring the cloth to spread the mixture further into the material and apply to the furniture using wide strokes. This helps distribute the oil evenly.Laundry Detergent:
Mix 1 cup Earth Dishwashing liquid, 1/2 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup borax. Use 1 tbsp for light loads; 2 tbsp for heavy loads. Commercial natural, biodegradable laundry detergents are also now available online and in select stores.
I only use Doterra's Onguard Laundry Liquid these days. doTERRA On Guard Laundry Detergent is color safe for washable fabrics at all temperatures and is free of synthetic fragrances, dyes, and toxins. It's powerful blend of ingredients combined with On Guard Protective Blend and bio-originated enzymes are structured to lift stains and leave clothes refreshingly clean.Leather Polish:
Did you know coconut oil works as an excellent leather polish? Clean up imperfections in your leather shoes, purse, or other items with this 3-ingredient solution containing the cleansing power of Eucalyptus oil. ¼ cup Fractionated Coconut Oil, ¼ cup vinegar, 5–10 drops Eucalyptus oil. Combine all ingredients into a small glass dish and mix thoroughly. To use, dip a toothbrush or other cleansing tool into mixture and rub over leather surface to clean and condition. Wipe clean with a microfiber cloth and let any extra moisture dry before use.Lime Deposits:
You can reduce lime deposits in your teakettle by putting in 1/2 cup (125ml) white vinegar and 2 cups water, and gently boiling for a few minutes. Rinse well with fresh water while kettle is still warm.
To remove lime scale on bathroom fixtures, squeeze lemon juice onto affected areas and let sit for several minutes before wiping clean with a wet cloth.
My favourite recipe: ½ cup Bi Carb, 3 tablespoons water. 10 drops Lemon essential oil, 10 drops Lime essential oil. Add water and essential oils to bicarb. Mix into a paste. Rub a small amount onto surface. Let sit for 20 minutes. Wipe off with wet cloth.
Marks on walls and painted surfaces:
Many ink spots, pencil, crayon or marker spots can be cleaned from painted surfaces using bi carb applied to a damp sponge. Rub gently, then wipe and rinse. Or make up a spray bottle with 1 litre water, 1/4 cup vinegar or 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar. Or try an equal mix of sugar soap and water. Tea Tree or lemon oil is great to use too. Just make up a small spray bottle with water and a few drops of essential oil. spray on and wipe off.
Metal Cleaners and Polishes:
Aluminum: using a soft cloth, clean with a solution of cream of tartar and water.
Brass or bronze: polish with a soft cloth dipped in lemon and baking-soda solution, or vinegar and salt solution. Another method is to apply a dab of tomatoe sauce on a soft cloth and rub over tarnished spots.
Chrome: polish with olive oil, vinegar, or aluminium foil shiny side out.
Copper: soak a cotton rag in a pot of boiling water with 1 tablespoon salt and 1 cup white vinegar. Apply to copper while hot; let cool, then wipe clean. For tougher jobs, sprinkle bicarb or lemon juice on a soft cloth, then wipe. For copper cookware, sprinkle a lemon wedge with salt, then scrub., A simpler method is to apply a dab of tomatoe sauce on a soft cloth and rub over tarnished spots.
Gold: clean with toothpaste, or a paste of salt, vinegar, and flour.
Silver: line a pan with aluminium foil and fill with water; add a teaspoon each of bicarb and salt. Bring to a boil and immerse silver. Polish with soft cloth.
Stainless steel: clean with a cloth dampened with undiluted white vinegar, or olive oil. For stainless cookware, mix 4 tbs bicarb in 1 litre water, and apply using a soft cloth. Wipe dry using a clean cloth. For stainless steel sinks, pour some soda water on an absorbent cloth to clean, then wipe dry using a clean cloth.Mould and Mildew
: Use white vinegar or lemon juice full strength. Apply with a sponge or scrubby.
: The common mothball is made of paradichlorobenzene, which is harmful to liver and kidneys. Cedar chips in a cheesecloth square, or cedar oil in an absorbent cloth will repel moths. The cedar should be 'aromatic cedar', also referred to as juniper in some areas. Cedar chips are available at many craft supply stores, or make your own using a plane and a block of cedar from the timberyard.
Homemade moth-repelling sachets can also be made with lavender, rosemary, vetiver and rose petals. Dried lemon peels are also a natural moth deterrent - simply toss into clothes chest, or tie in cheesecloth and hang in the closet.
My favourite moth repellent is: 60ml white vinegar, 5 drops peppermint oil, 15 drops Eucalyptus oil, 10 drops cedarwood. Mix into a 250ml glass spray bottle, topped with water. Spray on and wipe off surfaces in cupboards where moths have moved into.
Oil and Grease Spots:
For small spills on the garage floor, add bicarb and scrub with wet brush.
Moisten oven surfaces with sponge and water. Use 3/4cup bicarb, 1/4cup salt and 1/4cup water to make a thick paste, and spread throughout oven interior. (avoid bare metal and any openings) Let sit overnight. Remove with spatula and wipe clean. Rub gently with fine steel wool for tough spots.
My favourite recipe: Bicarb, Water, 6 drops doTERRA Lemon essential oil, 6 drops doTERRA Lime essential oil. Mix a paste of bicarb, water and Lemon & Lime essential oils. Coat the oven surfaces with the paste (avoiding bare metal and heating elements), let stand overnight. Use a plastic spatula to remove the paste. Wipe away any remaining residue with a clean, wet sponge.Paint Brush Cleaner:
Paint brushes and rollers used for an on-going project can be saved overnight, or even up to a week, without cleaning at all. Simply wrap the brush or roller snugly in a plastic bag, such as a used bread or produce bag. Squeeze out air pockets and store away from light. The paint won't dry because air can't get to it. Simply unwrap the brush or roller the next day and continue with the job.
Fresh paint odours can be reduced by placing a small dish of white vinegar in the room.
Sprinkle a little salt on the rust, squeeze a lime or lemon over the salt until it is well soaked. Leave the mixture on for 2 - 3 hours. Use leftover rind to scrub residue.Scouring Powder:
For top of stove, refrigerator and other such surfaces that should not be scratched, use bicarb. Apply bicarb directly with a damp sponge.
Or try this: ¼ cup bicarb, ¼ cup table salt, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons water, 4–5 drops of Doterra's Purify Cleansing Blend. Stir all ingredients together until they form a paste and spread it over the stove top and burners. Leave it on for 15 minutes or longer for hard-to-remove stains. Using a sponge, scrub the mixture into the grime. Remove excess cleaner and wipe surface clean.Shoe care:
Shoes are made of all types of materials, and each type needs to be taken care of differently. Your running shoes probably need deodorizing, while your leather dress shoes need a polish. Most people don’t give a second thought to how they take care of their footwear, but it can be one of the best things you can do for your feet outside of buying completely new shoes.
Shoe Deodoriser: The everyday shoes we wear to exercise, play, and run errands in are bound to start smelling at some point. Rather than banish them outside or having to wash them in your washer, put essential oils to the task to give your shoes a refresh. ½ cup rubbing alcohol, 20 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca) oil, 20 drops Cypress oil, 20 drops Lemon oil. In a small spray bottle, add rubbing alcohol, Tea Tree, Cypress, and Lemon oils. Close the bottle and shake well to combine. Remove the shoe soles then spray the inside of smelly shoes. Let dry. Enjoy the smell of clean shoes.
Leather Shoe Cleaner: Finished leather shoes need special care to maintain their smooth and clean surface. Care for your leather shoes on a regular basis with this easy cleaner. ½ cup warm water, ¼ cup white vinegar, 10 drops Eucalyptus oil. Before you begin, wipe your shoes off with a slightly dampened cloth to remove surface dirt. Combine water, vinegar, and Eucalyptus in a 120ml glass spray bottle. Shake well and lightly spritz the surface of the leather. Using a soft cloth, like an old cotton t-shirt cut into squares, wipe off your shoes. Let dry.
Once your shoes are clean, you can follow this cleaner with the Leather Polish above (also with Eucalyptus oil) for a finished shine. As always before using the cleaner or polish, test them on a small patch of material to ensure that it does not damage your shoes. Do not use on suede or unfinished leather. Tips: Other great oils to use here include Lavender or Cedarwood.
Another easy shoe polish: Olive oil with a few drops of lemon juice can be applied to shoes with a microfibre cloth. Leave for a few minutes; wipe and buff with a clean, dry rag.Stickers on walls
: If you’ve ever purchased a brand new vase, bowl, or candle, you’ve most likely had to deal with the struggle of removing tough adhesive. Luckily, Lemon essential oil is an excellent resource for removing even the most stubborn of glues. 2 tablespoons bicarb,
5 drops Lemon essential oil, 1 cup water, Cleansing wipe or towel. For sticker removal, first peel off the parts of the sticker that will come off easily. If paper remnants are left behind, the solution should still be able to soak through. Combine bicarb, Lemon, and water in a small bowl or dish. Apply mixture to sticky surface and let soak for 2-5 minutes. Use a damp towel or cleansing wipe to remove adhesive easily.
Note: Lemon essential oil can also be used on its own to remove adhesive by applying one or two drops to an adhesive surface.Toilet Bowl Cleaner:
Mix 1/4 cup bicarb and 1 cup vinegar, pour into basin and let it set for a few minutes. Scrub with brush and rinse. A mixture of borax (2 parts) and lemon juice (one part) will also work.
Here is my favourite toilet bowl cleaner: Deep Clean Toilet Scrub.
1/2 cup bicarb, 1/3 cup liquid dishwashing soap, 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide, 30 drops eucalyptus essential oil, 3/4 cup water.
Mix together in a squeeze-type bottle, then squirt into toilet. Scrub and let stand 20 minutes.Tub and Tile Cleaner:
Cleaning the bathroom is not an experience people look forward to very often. Being stuck in a small closed space with harsh chemicals not only makes it hard to breathe, but can also be hazardous to your health. The next time you clean your bathroom, why not try mixing up an effective cleaner with many ingredients you already have at home. It still might not be your favorite household chore, but you will at least have a clean bathroom cleaning products to make the job a little easier to handle.
For simple cleaning, rub in bicarb with a damp sponge and rinse with fresh water. For tougher jobs, wipe surfaces with vinegar first and follow with bicarb as a scouring powder. (Vinegar can break down tile grout, so use sparingly.
Here is my favourite recipe: Soft Scrub for Bath, Tile, or Toilet, Make in small batches and store in an airtight container. This is enough for two to four applications. This soft scrub is excellent for getting rid of soap scum, removing stains, and brightening your tiles and toilet. To use, just apply and let it sit for 5–10 minutes and then scrub. Once done scrubbing, take a wet cloth and wipe clean. ¾ rounded cup bicarb, ¼ cup unscented liquid castile soap, 1 tablespoon water, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 5–10 drops Lemon oil. Note: This scrub is also great to use to help clean your kitchen sink, refrigerator, or tile floors. Wallpaper Remover
: Mix equal parts of white vinegar and hot water, apply with sponge over the old wallpaper to soften the adhesive. Peel of the lifting paper and reapply the mixture to stubborn patches. Open the room windows or use a fan to dissipate the pungent vinegar smell. A way friendlier smelling wallpaper remover is 250ml spray bottle filled with water and 10 drops lemon essential oil.
Water Rings on Wood: Water rings on a wooden table or counter are the result of moisture that is trapped under the topcoat, but not the finish. Try applying toothpaste or mayonnaise to a damp cloth and rub into the ring. Be careful not to run too vigorously so as not to mar the finish. Once the ring is removed, buff the entire wood surface.
: Mix 2 teaspoons of white vinegar with 1 litre warm water. Use crumpled newspaper or cotton cloth to clean. Only use the black and white newspapers, not the colored ones. Don't clean windows if the sun is on them, or if they are warm, or streaks will show on drying. Be sure to follow the recipe, because using too strong a solution of vinegar will etch the glass and eventually cloud it. The All-Purpose Cleaner (above) also works well on windows. Here is my favourite recipe: 1 ½ cup white vinegar. ½ cup water. 8 drops citrus oil of choice. (I love lemon and lime) Instructions. Add vinegar, water, and essential oils to spray bottle and shake.Wood furniture:
Wood furniture is an investment and it is important to take care of it. Although polishing wood furniture should only be done every couple months, it is important to continually keep it clean by dusting it or wiping it with a damp wet microfiber cloth.
Bring back the shine to your favorite tables, countertops, floors, and more with this simple recipe for homemade wood polish with doTERRA essential oils.¼ cup olive oil, ¼ cup vinegar, 10 drops doTERRA essential oils (Wild Orange, Arborvitae, or Lemon). Add olive oil and vinegar to glass spray bottle. Add 10 drops of essential oil. Shake well before each use. Apply to microfiber cloth and wipe wood surfaces clean. Repeat every 2–3 months or as often as needed. Yoga Mat:
¾ cup distilled water, ¼ cup alcohol-free witch hazel or white vinegar, 5 drops Lavender oil, 3 drops Melaleuca oil, Glass spray bottle. Combine all ingredients in glass spray bottle, Shake until combined. To use, spray on mat and wipe dry with towel. Note: Not all yoga mats are treated the same. Using essential oils may ruin some yoga mats. Spray a test patch on a small part of your mat first to make sure it doesn't affect it.
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I hope you enjoyed this article and you are now ready to use easy to make recipes to help keep your home clean and your family safe from toxic chemicals.