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 absorption through the skin. 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, are usually less expensive, pose no danger and smell nice.
The good news is that there are many easy ways that you can substitute these cleaning agents – such as:
* 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. Use a dry rag afterwards to soak up all excess oil.
* 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.
Here are some simple Non-Toxic Cleaning formulas:
All Purpose Cleaner: Put 1 tablespoon of mild dishwashing liquid (or a few squirts) and 5 drops of lemon essential oil into an empty spray bottle and fill with water. Shake and use.
Floor Cleaner: 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar, 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol, 10+ drops of lemon essential oil and fill the rest of the bottle with water.
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 or not. 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.
Wood polish: 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.
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.
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.
Great Resources for Non-Toxic Cleaning
For fantastic essential oils that are less expensive than most while also being pure and high quality, I recommend MotherE. They also have kits to make your own cleaning products that make it super easy. Check it out HERE.
And there is a book that you can buy and download that has a ton of wonderful formulas for almost anything you can imagine: