Makeover Your Clean Routine!!
I don’t know about you, but ever since I joined this industry, I haven’t been able to look at any cleaning products the same as before. I can’t even hold a bottle of Soft-Scrub or Tilex anymore without thinking about the frightening ingredients I am inhaling and exposing my family members to. In fact, if you weren’t aware of this before, many of our everyday cleaning supplies contain compounds called xenoestrogens. According to the website edition of Better Nutrition, “xenoestrogens, one of the more troubling types of endocrine disruptors, mimic estrogens and attach to the body’s estrogen-receptor sites, in both women and men. These xenoestrogens interfere with hormonal signaling and are believed to cause an increased risk of breast, prostate, and reproductive cancers; reduced fertility; early puberty in children; menstrual irregularities; endometriosis; and other disorders.”
In light of this, I’ve recently decided to start eliminating these toxins from my home by creating my own arsenal of cleaning products, but with ingredients that won’t hurt me, my family, or environment.
See below for some EASY and CHEAP recipes for everyday cleaning solutions:
- Baking soda
- Washing soda (*Note: don’t use on aluminum surfaces)
- White distilled vinegar (*Note: don’t use on marble surfaces)
- Good liquid soap like castile soap
- Tea tree oil
- olive or jojoba oil
- vegetable glycerine
- clean spray bottles
- glass jars
- Creamy soft scrub:
- 1/2 c. baking soda
- liquid natural detergent
Mix together and use! To keep, add a teaspoon of vegetable glycerin and pour it into a glass jar.
- All-purpose Spray Cleaner:
- 9 parts water
- 1 part white vinegar
Mix together and use! I also add a few drops of liquid dish soap and a few drops of either tea tree or lavender oil for their anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Plus, they smell much better than vinegar!
- Mold-killer Spray:
- 2 tsp tea tree oil
- 2 cups of water
Spray and let sit. Wipe away if needed.
- Window Cleaner:
- 1/4-1/2 tsp natural liquid detergent
- 3 Tbsp vinegar
- 2 cups of water
Mix together in a spray bottle and use! Also, using black and white newspaper as the cloth will leave you with a streak-free shine.
- Furniture Polish:
- 1/2 tsp oil (olive oil, jojoba, etc)
- 1/4 cup vinegar or fresh lemon juice
To use, rub it on the wood. Let it dry, and then buff it off. Keep it in a glass jar.
Let me know what your favorite natural homemade cleaning product recipes are in the comment section below!