This isn’t really directly related to autism or to Bilal’s journey but its something that might make a difference in our lives so thought of sharing. A lot of you may have already gone green, organic and all natural once you got the diagnosis. There are countless articles and research that suggests that environmental factors may cause or increase the risk for autism. The most exposed to toxin may be household cleaning products. The chemicals used in store bought products are harsh and expensive, so eliminating those whether your child has autism or not is a good idea for you and the environment, more importantly during pregnancy and infancy, where the developing baby is most at risk.
Going green is easy and so much cheaper, most probably you already have all the ingredients you need right in your house or a quick trip to your local supermarket is all that is required. Most common ingredients are:
- baking soda
- hydrogen peroxide
- rubbing alcohol
- cream of tartar
- essential oils (mint, lemon, lavendar, etc…)
- Dawn dish-washing soap (not natural but not harsh and adds major cleaning power to the above)
You’ll also need spray bottles, rags, towels, sponges or cleaning brushes.
The only cons I can say with going green is that it takes a bit more time, you have to mix and prepare the mixes before each time you clean so as to be most effective and the cleaner will have to sit or soak for a bit as well. But really its minor and the pros are way more important.
You’ll find countless recipes online, Pinterest and Google are your friends. Mixing those stuff together really do the job and its all natural, cheap and isn’t harsh smelling or dangerous. I clean my bathroom and kitchen with these mixes and they really shine, no soap scum or grease or residue with these. Some people do their laundry and dish-washing with their own DIY cleaners. People have also made their own paper towels and wipes, so even less waste… So look into it for your safety, your children and that of the environment.
My favorite website is One Good Thing by Jillee found through Pinterest, she’s all into DIY cleaning products and organization tips.