This week we will look at Spring Cleaning our home products. According to Debra Lynn Dadd, author of Nontoxic & Natural, the average kitchen is home to thirty or more commercial products, the laundry room six! What does your supply look like?
Why do we want to spring clean our cleaning and personal care products?
1. It’s much healthier to use non-toxic products. Less toxins for your liver to clean out and less stress on your body.
2. Saves you space. If you can condense your products down to the 3-5 main ingredients you need to create cleaning products, you will have a lot more space in your cabinets.
3. Saves you money. The basic ingredients are vinegar, baking soda, lemon, water and a few drops of essential oils. You put those in a refillable spray bottle or just use in a bucket. Compare those costs.
4. You will feel better! Not only are you not harming your body, you may possibly be working on health issues and possibly relieving some issues depending on which essential oils or herbs you use in the recipe. Certain herbs are antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal.
You don’t have to go through a lot of work and research all these recipes for cleaning products. For most scouring or removing scuffs from the wall or tile, I use baking soda and water. Vinegar breaks down fats and corroded metal. It’s also good for window and mirror cleaning when combined with water in a spray bottle. Add a little lemon and it’s freshens the room and is a natural degreaser also.
A book I like for unique recipes to clean anything is, The Naturally Clean Home by Karyn Siegel-Maier. Here is one of her recipes for Easy-Does It Toilet Bowl Cleaner:
½ cup baking soda
¼ cup white vinegar
10 drops tea tree essential oil
Combine all ingredients. Juts add to the bowl, swipe with a brush and you’re done.
She also has recipes for natural air fresheners, wood floor cleaners, laundry soap and cleaners for the garage and even pest control ideas.
Another thought about saving on cleaners; don’t get floors dirty in the first place by taking your shoes off at the door. Don’t track in all the dirt, pesticides, oils and chemicals from cars and even pet waste you may have stepped in while outside.
Personal care products. Same benefits as DIY cleaning products. You can find a few recipes and ideas on my Pinterest page: https://www.pinterest.com/mtesnow/diy-personal-care-products/
So then what do you do with all your toxic products now that you are making all your own? Check out this website for the answer and many more about recycling and greener alternatives to standard products: https://earth911.com/recycling-guide/how-to-recycle-household-cleaners/