The fact is, natural, non-toxic cleaners did a wonderful job for centuries without the help of harsh chemicals, which we now know, have serious health and environmental consequences. Experts are finally connecting these toxins to an increase in health issues, especially those which are auto-immune related…and you don’t have to be an expert to observe the damaging effects they are having on our planet as well. The good news, not only are non-toxic alternatives better for your family’s well-being and the environment, but they are easier on your pocket-book. Who doesn’t love that?!
Making your own nontoxic cleaning kit will take you no time at all with these simple, straightforward directions, and with this kit you will be supplied with enough cleaning product for months of cleaning.
As an added bonus, ounce for ounce homemade cleaning formulas cost about one-tenth the price of their commercial counterpart—and that includes costly, but worthwhile essential oils.
Just 5 Ingredients!!
Here are a few basic ingredients that are useful to start cleaning your home naturally:
1. Baking soda – As a basic substance, it comes in handy to help neutralize acids. Baking soda also makes an excellent gentle scrub and helps to counteract strong odors.
2. White vinegar – This inexpensive acid is a versatile mild cleanser and can be diluted with water to clean any smooth surface such as glass or porcelain.
3. Borax – Borax is a naturally occurring mineral also known as sodium borate. It is alkaline and does not accumulate in the body or absorb through the skin. It is also not harmful to the environment.
4. Lemon juice – Lemon juice is very effective against undesirable smells and also acts as a mild cleanser. One cost-effective trick for cleaning on a budget is to remove the rind of an organic lemon from the pith and let it soak in clean water for 24-48 hours. To use, strain the lemon peel, pour into a spray bottle and discard after 3-4 months.
5. Essential oils – A few little bottles of some of your favorite essential oils will be a worthwhile investment for cleaning and are also really useful for relaxation and cosmetics. Some of the many oils that boast antibacterial properties include lavender, tea tree, citronella, rosemary, lemon, orange and eucalyptus.
Here are three base recipes that will come in handy in many situations and can easily be customized to suit your needs. Keep in mind the essential oils are optional and not necessary for basic cleaning purposes.
1. All-Purpose Cleaning Spray: Add 2 cups water, 1 cup white vinegar and 6 to 8 drops of essential oil to an empty spray bottle and shake well. This recipe works great for any surface including counter tops, porcelain and stainless steel. Store in a cool, dark place. This recipe is also ideal for mopping floors, simply increase the recipe.
2. Glass & Window Cleaner: In a spray bottle mix 1 cup water with 1½ cups vinegar, 18-20 drops of citrus essential oil like lemon, grapefruit or orange.
3. Cleaning Scrub: In a bowl, mix borax powder with water (or for extreme stains, like on grout, mix with 1/2 hydrogen peroxide 1/2 water) to form a paste. This scrub works wonderfully on stubborn stains, bathtubs and shower basins.
These cleaners are not only easy (and inexpensive) to make, but they will leave your environment free of the damaging toxins that wreak havoc on your health and wellness.
In addition, non-toxic cleaning can give you a deep feeling of gratification in knowing that your family’s health is protected, and that your home is a place for your bodies to rest and recuperate rather than promote harm.