Non-Toxic Household Cleaners
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity & Household Cleaners
Many who suffer from Morgellons also exhibit possible signs of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is a chronic medical condition characterized by symptoms attributed to exposure to low levels of chemicals.
These cleaners are NOT meant to treat your environment for Morgellons. They are meant to offer a non-toxic alternative to the thousands of harmful chemicals we call “Cleaners”.
Non-Toxic Household Cleaners
MCS is characterized by an acute sensitivity or allergic reaction to triggers that one has been exposed to. The reactions are perhaps triggered by repeated low-level exposures or possible one time toxic level exposure to a chemical substance. Once the tipping point has been reached the body is no longer able to tolerate additional exposure to the irritant. Commonly suspected substances include smoke, pesticides, plastics, synthetic fabrics, scented products, petroleum products and paints. Symptoms may be vague and non-specific, such as nausea, fatigue and headaches. MCS is also known as chemical injury syndrome, 20th Century Syndrome, environmental illness, sick building syndrome, toxicant-induced loss of tolerance (TILT).
Some Morgies have reported a newly acquired intolerance of previously tolerable chemicals and substances. These intolerances seem to be many household chemical cleaners. These reactions are sometimes brought on by toxic overexposure to seemingly unrelated irritants such as mold, dust, chemicals and poorly circulated air in “sick buildings”.
Some Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Symptoms
- Runny nose.
- Itchy eyes.
- Scratchy throat.
- Ear ache.
- Scalp pain.
- Mental confusion or sleepiness.
- Palpitations of the heart.
- Upset stomach, nausea and/or diarrhea, abdominal cramping.
- Aching joints.
- Rashes and itching.
Often the removal of the offending chemical substance or distance away from it resolves the symptoms of MCS. Regardless of the symptoms, everyone should work at lowering their exposure to toxic loads. This is a difficult task in one’s environment at large but easily done in one’s home.
There are many “old-fashioned” recipes for cleansers with less chemical ingredients. These often are less expensive to one’s budget and very effective at cleansing. Everything from dishsoap and detergents to scrubbing cleansers for the bathroom and kitchen. Lightening one’s exposure to chemicals in the household is important to health and may lessen the symptoms of Morgellons outbreaks.
These everyday items should become staples in one’s pantry. They are safe, effective and versatile components that can be combined in different recipes as personal products and as well as some terrific household cleansers.
- 5% or 9% White distilled Vinegar.
- Raw Organic Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar.
- Isopropyl Alcohol.
- Variety of Essential Oils.
- Liquid Castile Soap.
- Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate).
- Hydrogen Peroxide 3%.
- Lemon juice.
- 1 cup white vinegar.
- 1 cup water.
- 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol.
- 10 drops lemon E.O.
- 10 drops rosemary E.O.
- 5 drops peppermint E.O.
Mix all ingredients together in a spray bottle, shake well, and spray.
Orange Glass Shiner
This cleaner is great for glass and most hard surfaces. Test an inconspicuous spot on wood finishes.
- 4 ounces water.
- 4 ounces apple cider vinegar.
- 1 tablespoon borax.
- 1 tablespoon orange essential oil.
- 1 teaspoon lemon essential oil.
Combine all ingredients in a heavy-duty plastic spray bottle and shake well before each use. Spray on glass or mirror and wipe immediately with a clean cloth. Gloves are recommended with this cleaner and remember to shake often.
Homemade Floor Cleaner
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 gallon warm water
Mix in a cleaning bucket and use this solution to clean vinyl type floors.
Wood Floor Cleaner
- ½ cup vinegar
- 1 gallon water
Mix in a cleaning bucket and mop floors. Do not get floors overly wet. Do not allow solution to puddle or sit on floors.
Wooden Furniture Polish
- 1/2 cup of olive oil
- 4 tablespoons of white distilled vinegar 5%
- 2 teaspoons of lemon juice or 10 -20 drops of essential oil of Lemon
Mix ingredients in a squirt bottle or spray bottle. Shake well before each use.
- 10 drops Lemon E.O.
- 10 drops Lavender E.O.
- 10 drops Orange E.O.
- Liquid castile soap or other mildly scented dishwashing liquid.
Fill a 32 oz. squirt bottle with liquid soap and add the oils. Shake well.
- 16 oz of filtered water
- 4 tablespoons of liquid castile soap
- 20 – 30 drops of Tea Tree essential oil
Fill a 16 oz spray bottle with water. Add the soap and oil. Shake to mix. Use to disinfect surfaces, bathroom, kitchen and doorknobs and handles.
Kitchen Sink Scrub
- 1/2 Cup Baking Soda.
- 1/8 Cup Vinegar.
- 5 drops Lemon E.O.
- 5 drops Orange E.O. Try Lime or Bergamot also.
Combine all ingredients. Scrub with damp sponge or cloth. Rinse.
Shower and Tub Scrub
- 1/2 Cup Baking Soda.
- 10 drops Tea Tree E.O.
- 10 drops Lavender E.O.
- 10 drops Geranium E.O.
Combine all ingredients and using a damp sponge or cloth, scrub bathtub and/or shower. For serious mildew buildup areas, combine 20 drops of Tea Tree and water in a spray bottle and spray area everyday for 5 days, then 2x a week. This recipe helps to remove and prevent mold and mildew buildup.
Mold in bathroom tile grout is a common problem and can be a health concern.
- one part hydrogen peroxide (3%)
- two parts water
Mix in a spray bottle and spray on areas with mold. Wait at least one hour before rinsing or using shower.
For Light Drain Cleaning
- 1/2 cup salt.
- 4 quarts/liters water.
Combine in large pot, heat (but not to a boil) and pour down the drain.
For Stronger Cleaning
Pour about 1/2 cup baking soda 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.
This works well on sink basins, tubs and toilets.
Mix 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar, pour into wetted 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.
Warning: Remember that these suggestions may need to be adjusted to one’s personal sensitivity to essential oils. Essential oils may cause negative reactions in some people. Start with small amounts of E.O. and add more if desired.
Enymes as a Cleaning Product
Liquid enzymes such as Kleen Green, Eco-Vie or best of all, Home Made Enzymes are used all over the world for cleaning around the house. These are the same enzymes used for topical treatments for Morgellons. Here is the link that discusses Enzymes as a topical treatment. This link includes a recipe for home made enzymes. These enzymes have many uses for non-toxic cleaning. Also consider the enzyme cleaners as a very good method of cleaning one’s home of Morgellons pathogens.
Here is a short list of ten such uses.
- Do dishes and laundry (use 1/4 cup of enzyme)
- Washing bathrooms and toilets. grime comes off easily (1 part enzyme to 10 parts water)
- Removing stubborn stains and odors (colored fabrics and floors) (use undiluted)
- Clean vegetables and fruits (1 part enzyme to 10 parts water)
- Clear blockages in kitchen sinks and drains (use concentrated or blended pulp/sludge of enzyme)
- Natural insect repellent (use undiluted) for ants, cockroaches.. (pouring some enzyme into sink/bath/shower stall drainage holes will deter cockroaches).
- Floorwash to mop floors shiny clean (1 part enzyme to 20 parts water)
- Fertiliser for vegetables, flowering and non-flowering plants (use 1 part enzyme to 20 parts water, or use the leftover mop water)
- Skincare product, e.g. facial cleanser or toner (1 part enzyme to 2 parts water)
- Wash cars – cars will look as if they have just been polished! (1 part enzyme to 20 parts water)
Here is a link to a great article with photographs that shows step by step instructions for making Home made Enzymes.
This is a link to a short video that covers the same topic. Making Home Made Enzymes.
Cleaning our homes with toxic chemicals should be a thing of the past.