Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) and the Ossipee Public Library are offering a workshop on DIY Non-Toxic, Eco-Friendly Household Cleaners. Participants will learn about the dangers of some over the counter cleaners and why it is safer and equally effective to make your own alternatives using simple and basic ingredients such as baking soda, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, club soda, borax, orange peels, cedar chips, salt, lemon juice, and even olive oil. G.A.L.A.’s Director, Josh Arnold, will go over several different homemade recipes for disinfectant, laundry soap, toilet bowl cleaners, carpet stains removal, basic polish, window/glass cleaner and more. The class is free and open to the public and takes place on Thursday, October 23rd, from 6:30 – 8:00pm at the Ossipee Public Library.
Need a few more reasons to learn how to make your own non-toxic cleaners?
1). Less packaging waste. By re-using your own spray bottles and containers you reduce household waste.
2). Save money. Making your own cleaners is less expensive then buying new, no question about it.
3). Less harmful. This one may be obvious, but it’s worth noting nevertheless that making your own cleaners out of these ingredients is much safer to humans, animals, and the earth. In fact, two of the most common ingredients in your over the counter cleaners are chlorine and ammonia. What do you get when you mix these two common ingredients – potentially poisonous gas. Of course you can avoid mixing these two chemicals, or you could avoid having them in your home altogether by replacing them with much more benign products like baking soda and vinegar.
4). Less noxious home smell. Your home is not supposed to smell like a sterilized hospital room, though some of us grew up with that. Essential oils and a little lemon juice can go a long way.
Unfortunately even shopping “green” can be a little misleading and challenging. Cleaning supply manufacturers are not required to list their ingredients on the product label, and that’s part of the problem. One must even be skeptical of products that tout themselves as “green” or “all-natural”. If you choose to purchase cleaners instead of making your own, consider looking for “amonnia-free” or “chlorine-free” on the label instead, or choose brand like Seventh Generation and Ecover that voluntarily list all of their ingredients on the labels.
Or better yet, join G.A.L.A.’s Director, Josh Arnold, for the workshop DIY Non-Toxic, Eco-Friendly Household Cleaners at the Ossipee Public Library on Thursday, Oct 23rd at 6:30 and learn how to make your own! For more information visit G.A.L.A.’s website www.galacommunity.org, or call the office at 603-539-6460.