We expose our families and workers to indoor pollutants such as pesticides from our gardens, paint, furniture finishes, aerosols and a number of toxic chemicals and gases emitted from cleaning supplies such as detergents, fragrances, kitchen and toilet cleaners and bleaches. These pollutants could potentially cause or aggravate a number of diseases such as allergies, asthma, other respiratory conditions, skin disorders, eye irritation, migraines and disturb our digestive and reproductive systems.
And the problem doesn't end at home, we wash these chemicals down the sink, toilet or place them in the garbage can, potentially affecting the health of more people, animals, plants, land and water in and around our neighbourhoods.
Ways for us to improve the quality of indoor air, both at home and at work:
- Improving crossed ventilation
- Eliminating the source of pollution by disposing as many toxic products as possible and replacing them with more natural but efficient cleaners and detergent agents (vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, essential oils, soap nuts)
- Bringing in the most sophisticated air cleaning system in the world, PLANTS! There have been successful studies on three of the most common green plants from which we can grow all the fresh air we need indoors to keeps us healthy. The Areca Palm removes CO2 and converts it into oxygen during the day. The Snake Plant or Mother in Law's Tongue converts CO2 into oxygen at NIGHT. The “Money Plant” removes formaldehyde and other chemicals from the air.
RECIPE FOR ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER
- Citrus Peel (Orange, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Clementine)
- White Vinegar
- Essential Oils (Teatree, Lavender, etc)
HOW WE DO IT...
Remove the edible pulp from the peel so that you end up with the smooth white surface showing. Fill a mason jar or any glass container with the peels and pour in the Vinegar.
Let it sit for 3 to 4 weeks depending on how strong you want it.
Use this concentrate and add 2 parts of water. Transfer to any spray bottle.
Photos by: The Mindful Sprout™