You buy disinfectant to keep your family safe from bacteria and germs, but the ingredients in that bottle are more dangerous than you think.
I don’t want to ramble on too far before I actually get into the recipes behind my cleaners, but I do want to stress the importance of at least considering them. It’s always going to be easier to buy a bottle of window cleaner or disinfectant from the store, but easy is far from safe. Take a look at householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov and find your favorite cleaners, this site lists all of the chemicals involved in making them.
It’s also important to keep in mind that your skin is the absolute largest organ you have, so washing your tub with chemicals and then soaking in it, is essentially like taking a chemical bath.
Anyway…on to the cleaners.
Some Things You’ll Need
Essential oils (optional but definitely recommended).
All Purpose Cleaner
3 tablespoons of baking soda
2 cups of hot water
1/3 cup white vinegar
5-15 drops of essential oils (depending on how strong you want it to smell)
First, put your baking soda into the spray bottle, followed by the hot water and swish it around until the baking soda is completely dissolved. This will prevent little baking soda time bombs from hiding in the bottom. Next you add your vinegar, VERY slowly. I just made some new cleaner the other night and accidentally poured one big splash, cleaner exploded everywhere! Once your vinegar is in, and the fizzing is all done, add in your oils and voila!
This one is by far the easiest, all you need for this is two towels and a little splash of water. Add a little bit of water to the center of one towel, wipe down your window and then wipe quickly afterwards with the dry towel. It takes no more elbow grease than using store bought window cleaner, it’s virtually free and it’s as natural as you can get.
2 cups hot water
1/2 cup vinegar
5-15 drops of essential oil
It’s relatively similar to the all purpose cleaner. Add your hot water, vinegar and oil to whatever mop you choose and get to cleaning. The mop I have is the Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop, it has washable cleaning pads and refillable bottles for cleaning fluid. Very eco friendly and it works excellent, I have had mine for over three years now and it still works like new.
For Soap Scum & Grime
When I have a really yucky mess somewhere I grab the baking soda, some dish soap and my all purpose cleaner. First you shake some baking soda around the area, then drizzle with soap and finish it off by spraying it with your homemade cleaner. The combination of these three things will do most of the work for you while they fizz away. Grab a metal scrubby (or an abrasive sponge for glass showers) and go over the area lightly to scrape up anything remaining. Rinse with hot water.
Air & Fabric Freshener
5 tablespoons baking soda
3 cups hot water
5-15 drops of essential oils
Dissolve your baking soda in hot water, add in oil and give it a quick swish. You can spray this on fabrics or just in the air and it will leave your house smelling lovely. Much safer than the chemical alternatives.
I’ve also posted my recipe for Homemade Laundry Detergent which you can check out by following the link. I hope you’ll find these cleaners as easy to use as I do. They are eco friendly, wallet friendly and family friendly with no secrets to hide like big name cleaners.
Thank you for reading!