Cleaning made safe

Earth Day is April 22nd. It is a day to honor mother earth and share ideas on how to protect her. We have been given a beautiful gift in the form of planet earth. She is strong and tenacious but also fragile and far from indestructible. Climate change is real and we must all do our part to protect the environment and make sure that we have a healthy planet for our kids and grand kids.

To commemorate this auspicious event I would like to share a story about ants. Yes, this story is about ants. A major assault to the health of our planet comes in the form of cleaning products. A few months ago I woke early Saturday morning to find that my kitchen and living room had been overrun by tiny, black ants. They were all over the place. I had to act fast. I could call a pesticide expert but I was concerned about the cost and the toxic chemicals they would spray in my house to get rid of the ants. I live with my elderly mother and two cats. I did not want any of us to be exposed to insecticides. I was especially concerned about my cats cleaning their paws and ingesting the toxins. So what to do? Go natural, of course!

I decided to use a natural cleaning agent that would both kill the ants and clean the pheromone trail they leave behind to help them find food and their way back home. I used a combination of water, melaleuca (tea tree) oil, baking soda and vinegar. I put the ingredients into a spray bottle and, lo and behind, the ants were killed instantly and never came back. I was happy to get rid of the ants but happier to know I did it in a way that preserved planet earth and did not put my family’s health at risk.

Written by Dr. Gonzàlez