[I added the photo above in July 2012]
Fertility & household cleaners
There is evidence that household cleaners are not good for us – not just for fertility but for our overall health in all stages of our lives, but we do not know for sure. Daily use of many of these products may have effects on fertility, both for women and men. An Australian study in 1994 showed a 33% increase in inability to conceive and a possible increase in the risk of pregnancy loss of 75%!
Since these products have so many different ingredients, it’s hard to know which ones may be the most dangerous and exactly the effects on us. Just like it’s best to make your own food so you know what’s in it, it’s best to make your own cleaning products so that you know what’s in them! There are some great, natural cleaning products on the market, but it’s cheaper to make your own! It’s also better for the environment b/c you’re saving on bottles (same one every time, refilled) and you’re keeping chemicals out of our water supply!
For me, I hate hate hate the smell of vinegar, SO when I heard that vodka can clean just as well as vinegar but without the smell….my problem was solved!!!
Benefits of vodka
- Makes glass and chrome *sparkle*
- Removes adhesives (works w/ bandaids on skin, too!)
- Kills mildew and mold
- Freshens clothing like Febreze
- Cleans eyeglasses and sunglasses
- Works on grass and vomit stains
- Doesn’t smell like vinegar
- Cheap vodka & water Approx 10 cents per ounce (once diluted)
- + Plastic bottle $1.99 (one time cost)
- Clorox Clean-up Cleaner Approx 19 cents an ounce
- Mrs. Meyer’s Countertop Spray Approx 31 cents per ounce
- DON’T CLEAN WITH SMIRNOFF! It’s too expensive! I just didn’t have a bottle of the cheap stuff when I took the pic!
Vodka Cleaning Recipes
- 1 part vodka + 2 parts water = counter and bathroom cleaner
- 1 part vodka + 5 parts water = clothes freshening spray
- Add lemon or lavender oil to add fragrance