Having a clean environment is an important aspect of healthy living. It’s also just a better environment to live or work in. Cleaning with non-toxic cleaning is an important aspect of healthy living. Neat, clean surroundings can also make one more calm and more efficient.
However, many of the cleaning products sold today are packed full of chemicals, many of which can be toxic and hazardous by emitting these into the air or through the skin.
The good news is that there are many easy ways that you can substitute these cleaning agents with things that work just as good, are often less expensive and are readily available.
There are books on this subject that will go into a lot more detail. But here are some things that you can do right away that are super simple to do.
* Window, mirror and glass cleaner can be replaced with white vinegar and water (1 part vinegar to 4 parts water) mixed in a spray bottle. This is also excellent for cleaning stainless steel appliances.It is also a disinfectant and a degreaser.
* To kill germs and disinfect, use a cheap vodka.
* Baking soda is great for scrubbing, deodorizing and removing stains.
* Lemon juice – neutralizes alkaline substances like soap scum and dissolves dirt.
* Hydrogen Peroxide and Isopropyl Alcohol – both excellent disinfectants.
* Olive Oil – great for polishing wood, removing scratches and also shining stainless steel.
* For drain cleaner – pour a half cup of baking soda down the drain. Then mix 1 cup of white vinegar and lemon juice from one half of a lemon and pour it down the drain. It will make the baking soda foam up. After 5 minutes pour a gallon of hot water down the drain.
Non-Toxic Cleaning with Essential Oils
Cleaning with essential oils in wonderful. In my opinion they work better than any cleaners you could buy, they are non-toxic, have disinfectant properties and shine things up beautifully. I recommend using a glass container or a glass spray bottle and labeling them clearly so you don’t mix them up.
Here are a few simple formulas you can use:
All Purpose Cleaner: 30 drops of lemon, lime or orange essential oil, 2 cups of water and 2 cups of white vinegar. Pour ingredients into a spray bottle and shake. Spray surface for cleaning, wipe with wet rag and then a dry towel.
Mop Solution: Start with a gallon of hot water, add 1 cup of white vinegar and 20 drops of lemon, lime or orange essential oil. Mop away.
Window Cleaner: Mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar, 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol, 10 drops of lemon or lime essential oil and 1 teaspoon of corn starch. Combine in a spray bottle and shake. Spray onto windows or mirrors and wipe with paper towel or lint free rag.
Dusting Solution: Combine 1 1/2 cups olive oil, 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 50 drops of lemon or orange essential oil. Spray on furniture and buff with a dry, lint free cloth.
Carpet Deodorizer: One 8 ounce box of baking soda, mix in 5 – 10 drops of peppermint or lavender essential oil. Sprinkle lightly over carpet and let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes and then vacuum up.
Fabric Softener: Mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 3-5 drops of lavender essential oil. Put into the rinse cycle.
Sink/tile/grout scrub: Mix baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and 10 drops of tea tree oil to form a paste. Use a scrub sponge or brush and scrub and rinse.
For more information, you can visit a lovely website called We Got Real – http://wegotreal.com/cleaning-essential-oils/
And there is a book that you can buy and download that has a ton of wonderful formulas for almost anything you can imagine: