Little by little, I am ditching the chemicals and making my own natural cleansers for the home and for the body. I will share a few recipes for you to make your own natural cleaners!
Here are some facts from an article “What’s Under Your Sink?” that I got from a Green Home & Body Class, taken from http://www.womenandenvironment.org.
(More info in detail on the actual chemicals can be found at the above website) Many household cleaners contain chemicals, some of which are toxic. These chemicals may cause short-term health problems like skin and eye irritation when you use them and may have long-term health impacts as well.
Some chemicals in cleaning products have been linked to asthma, which is a growing chronic health problem. Some chemicals in cleaning products have been linked to reproductive harm, which includes sexual behavior, decreases in fertility, menstrual changes, changes in the onset of puberty, cancers of the reproductive organs, miscarriage, premature births and other effects.
Air fresheners deserve special attention because they may contain carcinogenic(cancer causing) chemicals associated with respiratory and reproductive harm. Unfortunately, little research has been done to specifically examine health risks associated with the use of air fresheners that contain these chemicals.
***No legal requirements exist for ingredient labeling on household cleaning products. As a result, customers have limited access to information about which products contain chemical ingredients they may wish to avoid.
Hmmmm….how interesting! Now that article was written a few years ago but we know there are strange chemicals lurking in our cleaning products that we can not pronounce, understand etc… So here is the GOOD NEWS! 🙂 Let’s make our own!
Air Fresheners –
Get a small spray bottle – 2-4oz. size
Fill halfway with Witch Hazel and the rest but not to the top, with water. Leave about an inch space
Next pick your favorite essential oil, add 10-25 drops, depending on the oil or your preference. Shake and spray!
Peppermint – Refresh and revive scent! Also can be used to keep mice away, they hate the smell of peppermint. Do not spray on your self but you can mist and walk through it. Peppermint can be strong.
Lavender – My all time favorite! Relaxing and calming scent. You can spray the air or yourself with this one. It even works as an emergency hand sanitizer so make a small one for your purse or car. Spray it in your child’s room before bedtime for a restful sleep or in your own room at bedtime.
Lemongrass – Spirit-lifting scent! When you or someone else in the house is feeling a little down, spray lemongrass in the room to brighten their day and make them feel uplifted.
All Purpose Cleaner
1/2 part water
1/2 part white vinegar
Squirt of dishwashing liquid soap or liquid castille soap
10-15 drop essential oil(optional)
Directions: Mix ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray onto surface and wipe. For heavy stains, allow spray to sit for 10 minutes before wiping. Great for kitchens, windows, mirrors, bathrooms and floors. Cost less than 2 cents.
***I also have made a quick disenfectant spray with just the water and essential oils using eucalyptus, lavender and tea tree***
Good old BON AMI works for scrubbing the toilet. Ingredients: limestone, feldspar, biodegradable cleaning agents(coconut and corn), soda ash and baking soda
Dishwashing Powder(have not tried this one yet)
1 cup washing soda(found in grocery stores in laundry section)
1/2 cup citric acid(cheesemaking suppliers have this and possibly bulk food stores)
1/2 cup kosher salt
Optional – 10-15 drops essential oil
Vinegar as a rinse agent
Directions: Combine everything but the vinegar in an airtight container. Use 1-2 tablespoons of mixture per load. Use vinegar as rinsing agent. Cost about 5 cents per use.
This recipe is sooooo easy and saves a ton of money! Kids and husbands use an incredible amount(glob) of soap and those little bottles in the store add up plus they have a bunch of bad junk in them. Your inital expense will be a suds pump, Pampered Chef sells one, Bed Bath and Beyond sell one and probably Walmart sells one. The PC one lasts and is very durable.
liquid castille soap
5-10 drops essential oils(lavender, orange or lemon good for dirty hands and germs!)
Add the liquid soap to the line on the bottle, like an inch of soap, fill with water and add essential oils.
Easy, peasy, lemon, squeezy! 🙂
Go on over to Mt. Rose Herbs to get your supplies. When you purchase something from them through my link, I receive a nominal commission from them that is very much appreciated.
Enjoy and have a nice day today! I am hoping the sun comes out!!!!
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