We do our best to keep toxins out of our food, water and environment, yet we still clean with them. Why? It’s likely just out of habit that we buy what our parents cleaned with, but luckily there has been a resurgence on cleaning the way it was done generations ago using non-toxic methods. Today we can choose between brands like, Mrs. Meyer’s, Simple Green, Seventh Generation and even more mainstream companies like Clorox “Green Works” who offer safer cleaning alternatives.
But the beauty behind going natural is that you are in control! You don’t have to rely on others to make your cleaning products. For pennies, you can make household cleaners in minutes.
There are many powerful alternative ingredients to clean our homes:
- Lemon: The acidity in lemons are great for cutting grease and shine
- Vinegar: This old method of cleaning is still as valid today as it always was. It’s been used as a disinfectant for over a hundred years for good reason.
- Baking Soda: This little box that often sits in the back of our refrigerator does more than just deodorize the air! It is also a miracle scrub.
- Essential Oils: These concentrated oils give us the scents that we love to fill our homes with, like citrus, lavender, sandalwood and many, many more!
- If you’re just plumb out of time, grab a natural cleaner off the store shelf and feel great about limiting the toxins in your home!
You may not realize how incredibly simple it is to make your very own cleaning products. Here are just a few!
Disinfectant for Non-Porous Surfaces:
- Use an empty and clean spray bottle
- Fill ½ the bottle with vinegar
- Fill the other ½ with water
- Shake and spray
- Let it sit for a 30 seconds, then wipe
Cleaning Cutting Boards/ Porous Surfaces:
- Cut a lemon in half
- Sprinkle coarse salt on the surface
- Use the lemon as a sponge and scrub.
- Fill an old ice tray with vinegar
- Once frozen, toss a few vinegar cubes in the disposal and turn on.
- This will disinfect, sharpen the blades and deodorize all in one flip of the switch!
- Fill a small bowl with vinegar and lemon juice
- Microwave for 2 minutes
- Keep closed for 5 more minutes
- Open and wipe with a warm sponge
- Spray bottle
- 1 part vinegar
- 4 parts water
- A few drops of lemon
- Small spray bottle
- 1 cup of white vinegar
- A few drops of essential oil (scent of your choice)
- Shake and then spray
- Let it sit for a few minutes then wipe
For Tough Cleaning Jobs:
- Small plastic container
- Add ½ cup baking soda
- A squirt of liquid castile soap
- Scrub with a brush and rinse off.
- Small plastic container
- ½ cup baking soda
- ½ tsp hydrogen peroxide
- 1 tsp of castile oil
- Mix and add to a wet surface and scrub
- An old Mason jar with a few holes in the lid
- ½ cup of baking soda
- 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil
- Twist on the lid and the jar and set on a surface