Researchers form University of California-Berkeley once again proved that household products contain chemicals that may make it harder for some women to conceive a baby. We are talking about products and chemicals that are widespread, and they include shampoos, clothes, food packaging etc. The chemicals belong to the group called perfluorinated chemicals (also known as PFCs) and these chemicals appear in a variety of common products. This study focused particularly on perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoate (PFOA).
Researchers have proved on animal studies that PFOS and PFOA are in close connection with toxic effects in the livers, immune systems, and reproductive systems. In people o the other hand, the same chemicals are in relation with the number of children: women who had lower levels of PFOS and PFOA in their blood had more children compared to women with higher levels of the same chemical found In blood.
Basing on their research, scientists calculated that women with the most PFOS in their blood were up to 134% more likely to have needed half year or more to conceive a baby, while females with the most PFOA were up to 154% more likely to have trouble getting pregnant.
But do not worry There is a solution to everything: it is possible to make your own household cleaner a cleaner that is less toxic, less expensive and even more effective than some brand products that you might purchase.
Basically, you will need water, vinegar, washing soda, rubbing alcohol and in some cases dish detergent, borax and ammonia. With these ingredients you will be able to make your own homemade cleaners. For example, to clean your floors, you will only need to dissolve one cup of vinegar in warm water, and the homemade cleaner is done, and works excellent on wax floors. However, if you are cleaning wood floors, use the recipe, but never put the cleaner directly on the floor.
First, you must dip the mop until almost dry. If you would like, you can combine essential oils (such as lavender or orange etc) and you get a scented home too, but I do not recommend this on wooden floor. If you need a tough scrubbing type cleaner, you will need to sprinkle some baking soda onto the areas you want to clean. Leave baking soda to react with the surface and after 5 minutes scrub well with a cloth.
A window cleaner can be made in a spray at least I think it is the most practical to do so. Combine one teaspoon dish detergent, up to 5 tablespoons of vinegar and two or three cups of warm water. Shake and voila: your own window cleaner, ready to spray and clean (tip: clean windows with newspaper works great!)
If you need a soft scrub cleaner, something that will work in your bathroom and will clean sinks and bathtub, combine 1 tablespoon of baking soda and one teaspoon of dishwashing detergent. Mix well and apply on surface leave there for about 5 minutes to react with the surface and scrub well with a cloth.