A vast majority of cleaners have varying levels of toxicity. Not only can these cleaners seep in through your skin, you can also breath them in. Even many that are advertised as “green” can be quite toxic. Non toxic cleaning with essential oils and other natural substances can be just as effective if not more, pose no danger and smell divine.
Here are some simple formulas for the basic cleaning supplies you may need:
All Purpose Cleaner: Put 1 tablespoon of mild dishwashing liquid (or a good squirt) and 5 drops of lemon essential oil into an empty spray bottle and fill with water. Shake and use.
Floor Cleaner: 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar, a quart of water and about 7 drops of lemon essential oil.
Window/Glass/Mirrors Cleaner: Put one cup of distilled white vinegar into a spray bottle and fill the rest with water (leaving some room at the top). Add 10 drops of lemon essential oil. Shake and use.
Toilet, sink, tub and shower cleaner: 3 cups of water plus 3 teaspoons of tea tree oil in a spray bottle. Shake. Spray on the surface and let it sit for 20-30 minutes and then scrub. It will clean easily and disinfect.
To make your laundered clothes smell incredible, put about 10 drops of lemon or peppermint or lavender essential oil onto a clean washcloth and put it in the dryer with your load of cleaned clothes to be dried.
You can add 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to your laundry detergent when washing bedding and this will help to kill and dust mites. Another option is using tea tree oil which has disinfecting properties.
You can deodorize your vacuum cleaner by putting some lemon or peppermint essential oil onto a small portion of tissue and vacuum it up. Do it just after changing the bag or emptying it and it will last until you dump it out again.
Here is an article with even more information: https://greatist.com/health/27-chemical-free-products-diy-spring-cleaning
Realize that non toxic cleaning is far more important than you may realize. More to tips come.
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