Homemade cleaning products using natural ingredients.
We all want to live in clean home. But has our need for clean come at the cost of our health. The majority of products available to us contain chemicals that have shown links to many different adverse health complications, and sadly it is not a requirement of the companies to inform the consumer of what is in their product.
Here are a few of my most used home cleaners. All using simple non-toxic ingredients, you don’t need harsh chemicals to have a clean home.
This soft scrub is my fav. I use it to scrub the kitchen sink, the shower and those sticky kid finger marks from walls, it does wonders on a neglected oven too. If you choose to add essential oil my favorites are eucalyptus for a fresh clean smell and natural antibacterial properties, or rose for a lovely lingering floral scent.
1 cup baking soda
4 tablespoons castile liquid soap
10 drops of essential oil. (optional)
Simply mix all ingredients into a bowl, then store in an air tight jar or container, use as needed with a little extra water.
Commercial fabric softeners are best avoided. They contain the artificial fragrances we want to eliminate from the home as well has more chemicals (Phalates) to make the product “stick” to the clothing, which in turn makes the item harder to get clean. A non-toxic switch is to simply fill the compartment you would normally add fabric softener with white vinegar and wash as normal then hang to dry in the sun. Trust me it works, and you won’t notice the smell once it is dry.
Getting the right recipe for a streak free glass cleaner was a challenge, but I got there and now I don’t have to air out the room or get a headache each time I clean my windows. Using a quality microfiber cloth will make a difference too, or newspaper as Nan used to.
In your spray bottle mix 50/50 water and vinegar then add ¼ teaspoon of cornflower and shake well. This vinegar smell does linger so adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil can help disguise it.
Foaming hand soap 250ml
Many of the hand soaps available contain numerous amounts of the chemicals we want are trying to avoid, one being Triclosan, (the active ingredient in most antibacterial products) this chemical off-gas's Chloroform when mixed with the chlorine in tap water.
Fill a foaming dispenser with water, add 2T castile soap, 2T vegetable glycerin and 10 drops essential oils. Pump as needed.
Bonus Recipe Lavender hand sanitizer
In a 50 or 100ml spray bottle add 50% witch hazel and 50% water, drop in 5-10 drops of a quality organic lavender essential oil. Spray when needed, no need to rinse Lavender oil is known for its calming properties, but is also a powerful antibacterial and antiseptic.
To a bucket of hot water add 2T of castile soap and a 1 cup of strong white vinegar, add 15-20 drops of your favorite oil, thieves oil blend is my go-to. To finish the floor and leave a streak free shine, use a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar
These recipes are all super easy to make and store, and cost a fraction of the price of store bought, but with the health benefits of not releasing toxic fumes into your home environment.