Natural Cleaning Could Reduce Your Risk of Developing Breast Cancer (2024)

Homemakers have a 55% greater chance of developing cancer and respiratory disease than women who work outside the home! Why? Perpetual exposure to high levels of toxins and phthalates (a very common, well known carcinogen) found in cleaning supplies and personal care products. Having a family history of breast cancer, I want to take every possible step to keep me from becoming a 1-out-of-every-8-women statistic. One way I do that is by using natural cleaning options.

Here are some of my favorite all-natural, homemade cleaning solutions. They are natural, eco and baby friendly, and cheap to make. And you can make all of them with only 6 main ingredients (plus a couple others you most likely already have on hand).

*Update: you can now download customized labels that include the recipes for these cleaners for free here*

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Glass/Mirror Cleaner
1 1/2 cups distilled white vinegar
1 1/2 cups water
20-30 drops essential oil (optional, adding it makes your home smell great while you clean)

Flat Top Stove Cleaner- super simple, highly effective
Sprinkle surface with baking soda, spray white vinegar over entire area (don't be stingy!), wait about 20 minutes until the baking soda turns brown, and wipe off. If there are any cooked on food messes use a microfiber cloth to scour the area with the baking soda mixture.

Citrus Vinegar Disinfecting Spray - great for the kitchen, hard toys, and household surfaces during cold and flu season
Add citrus peals to a glass jar (as many as you can)
Fill the jar with distilled white vinegar
Let steep for 2-5 weeks (the longer it sits the more concentrated it will be, which mean you will need to add more water to it, and will end up getting more solution in the long run)
Add infusion to a gallon jug and fill with water according to the following ratio:
2 week steep = 1:1 vinegar to water
3 week steep = 1:2 vinegar to water
4 week steep = 1:3 vinegar to water
5 week steep = 1:4 vinegar to water (this means a 32 oz jar or citrus vinegar will make a gallon of cleaner)

Floor Cleaner
1 cup citrus vinegar
1 cup alcohol (helps floors dry faster, omit for wood floors)
1 gallon water
3-4 drops liquid soap (plant based dish soap or castile soap)

Heavy Duty Cleaner - great for ovens, microwaves toilets, tubs, sinks, and carpet stains
1 1/2 cups warm vinegar (I microwave it for 30 seconds)
1/4 cup of non-castile liquid soap like 7th Generation dish soap (castile soap curdles in vinegar)
Measure soap into a spray bottle using a funnel
Add vinegar (I pour it into the measuring cup first to help get the residual soap out)
Gently (and I do mean gently!) shake to mix
To use for oven cleaning sprinkle baking soda in over, spray with cleaner, let sit, wipe with a microfiber cloth for extra scrubbing power.
To use for microwave cleaning spray inside thoroughly, run microwave for 1 minute, wipe.
*Note: this is my all-natural version of the oh-so-popular Blue Dawn/Vinegar cleaner that is all overPinterest, it is safe for your home and goes much further because you don't need as much soap*

Dishwasher Detergent
1 1/2 cups Borax (is found in the laundry aisle)
1 1/2 cups Washing Soda (also found in the laundry aisle)
3/4 cups Table Salt
3/4 cups citric acid (can be found online, or on the cleaning aisle as Lemi Shine)
Mix all ingredients together, store in an air tight container
To use: put 1 tbl. in the soap tray of your dishwasher, fill the rest of the way with lemon juice, and close that sucker and start it fast because you just created a chemical reaction that is bubbling all over the place. Use distilled white vinegar in the rinse aid compartment and remember to check it's level periodically.
*Tip - add a silica pack to prevent clumping in humid climates*

Laundry Detergent
1 cup baking soda
2 cups Borax
2 cups Washing Soda
1 grated castile soap (like Dr. Bonner's or Kiss My Face, if you choose a scented version you could opt to leave out the EO)
40-50 drops essential oil (tea tree oil,lavender and cedarwood have great antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal properties)
Mix dry ingredients
Add essential oil slowly while stirring to prevent clumping
To Use: 1 tbl. per load, with 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar in the rinse cycle for fabric softener (optional, but while you're at it you might as well add some more essential oil to the vinegar to really up the ante).

Spray Stain Fighter - I use this as soon as I change a poopy cloth diaper and haven't had any staining yet. I also use it on my mama cloth, and general kid laundry potential stains.
1 cup of the powder laundry detergent
8 cups of water
Bring water to a boil
Add detergent, stir until dissolved
Remove from heat, allow to cool completely, stirringoccasionally
Funnel into spray bottle, store remaining mixture in a gallon jug (can be halved or doubled according to your needs)

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Natural Cleaning Could Reduce Your Risk of Developing Breast Cancer (2024)


How can I reduce my risk of breast cancer naturally? ›

A healthy diet can help lower the risk of breast cancer. Try to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and limit alcohol. Even low levels of drinking can increase the risk of breast cancer. And with other risks of alcohol, not drinking is the overall healthiest choice.

What reduces risk of breast cancer? ›

Keep a healthy weight. Be physically active. Choose not to drink alcohol, or drink alcohol in moderation. If you are taking, or have been told to take, hormone replacement therapy or oral contraceptives (birth control pills), ask your doctor about the risks and find out if it is right for you.

What household chemicals are associated with breast cancer? ›

Surprisingly, many cleaning products contain some of the same industrial chemicals used in personal care products. Some of these ingredients are linked to breast cancer. These include: triclosan; bisphenol A; phthalates; parabens; alkylphenols; and UV filters like benzophenones that may mimic estrogen.

What foods help prevent breast cancer? ›

Broccoli, cabbage, collard greens, kale, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are all cruciferous vegetables. This vegetable family contains powerful phytochemicals, including carotenoids, indoles and glucosinolates and isothiocyanates, which have been studied and shown to slow the growth of many cancers.

What kills cancer cells in the body naturally? ›

Top 5 Effective Cancer-Fighting Foods
  • Cruciferous vegetables. Beet, radish, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and mustard greens are some of the vegetables that belong to the Brassicaceae family of vegetables. ...
  • Green Leafy Vegetables. ...
  • Garlic. ...
  • Tomatoes. ...
  • Berries.

What kills cancer cells in the breast? ›

How Is Breast Cancer Treated?
  • Surgery. An operation where doctors cut out the cancer.
  • Chemotherapy. Using special medicines to shrink or kill the cancer cells. ...
  • Hormonal therapy. Blocks cancer cells from getting the hormones they need to grow.
  • Biological therapy. ...
  • Radiation therapy.
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What is the strongest risk factor for breast cancer? ›

The main factors that influence your risk include being a woman and getting older. Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older. Some women will get breast cancer even without any other risk factors that they know of.

What exercises prevent breast cancer? ›

Vigorous activities include jogging, playing tennis and swimming. It's not just intense exercise that's related to a decreased risk of breast cancer. Women who get activity equal to taking a brisk walk 30 minutes a day have about a 3% lower risk of breast cancer than women who aren't active [130].

Can anything prevent breast cancer? ›

There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer.

What are 3 environmental factors that can cause breast cancer? ›

Environmental factors

Only one environmental factor is known to increase breast cancer risk and that factor is exposure to ionizing radiation. Exposure to environmental pollutants and toxic chemicals are possible risk factors for breast cancer.

What are 3 chemicals that cause cancer? ›

Certain chemicals, including benzene, beryllium, asbestos, vinyl chloride, and arsenic are known human carcinogens, meaning they have been found to cause cancer in humans.

What environmental toxins cause breast cancer? ›

Environmental Exposures

Many chemicals linked to breast cancer, such as DDT, PCB's, PFAS chemicals, and flame retardants remain in the environment for decades or centuries. Even though many of these chemicals were banned in the last 50-60 years, many remain in the environment.

What is the number one cancer fighting food? ›

"Cancer-fighting foods"

The list is usually topped with berries, broccoli, tomatoes, walnuts, grapes and other vegetables, fruits and nuts. "If you look at the typical foods that reduce cancer risk, it's pretty much all plant foods that contain phytochemicals," says Wohlford.

What stops cancer cells from growing? ›

Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) block chemical messengers (enzymes) called tyrosine kinases. Tyrosine kinases help to send growth signals in cells, so blocking them stops the cell growing and dividing. Cancer growth blockers can block one type of tyrosine kinase or more than one type.

What drinks prevent breast cancer? ›

Green Tea. Green tea contains compounds and various antioxidants that reduce a woman's breast cancer risk. According to a 2014 study published in the World Journal of Clinical Oncology, women who drink at least 10 cups of green tea may be able to prevent breast cancer.

What factors make you high risk for breast cancer? ›

Risk Factors You Can Change
  • Not being physically active. Women who are not physically active have a higher risk of getting breast cancer.
  • Being overweight or having obesity after menopause. ...
  • Taking hormones. ...
  • Reproductive history. ...
  • Drinking alcohol.

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