Must Haves Before Embarking on Making Your Own Natural Cleaning Products
You have seen it everywhere…. “Make Your Own….” cleaning item. I know I have, and I wondered if it’s safer, more effective, or even more therapuetic for my family to be using something that cleans while HELPING our health, not destroying it.
Even with all the precautions and warnings on the bottles and labels, accidents are going to happen. Seriously, it’s not a question of “IF”; but “WHEN”.
We all try to be careful and heed all of the warnings, but even the most cautious of people can have mishaps. Myself, for example.
My “I need to do something different” moment came one Saturday during a bathroom cleaning session. I’m very particular about disinfecting and keeping things not only clean, but looking as near perfect as possible…. especially in the tub. I had just sprayed on the first pass (the little bubbles in the green can) to sit and do their “magic”. Low and behold, the phone rang. Now, remember, this is Saturday, and it’s the only time that a lot of my family and friends can find the time to actually catch up. So, after being on the phone with my friend for nearly 2 hours (yes, it was one of “those” friends; the chatty Cathy we all know and love) I finally made it back in to finish/restart cleaning the bathroom. I completely forgot that I had sprayed on the green can, so glancing at it, I decided that a few spot could use scrubbed with bleach. So I sprayed.
And ended up at Urgent Care with damaged mucus membranes and a severe shortness of breath.
I want my house to be clean, but if you are like me, you clean to KEEP your family healthy, not to sacrifice their health for a clean home. It seems counterproductive to me to clean with something that’s dangerous.
So how do you start making your own cleaners?
Actually the first step is easy.
Throw out all those toxins.
I know you spent good money on them, and the desire to use them all up is strong within you… but really: IT’S POISON!! Just toss it. All of it. (Ok, keep the bleach, but really- everything else OUT.)
Now, invest in some cheap baking soda and vinegar. These are your new best friends and the basis of everything else you will ever need again to clean your home. These two things, when used together, make a natural, non-dangerous magical potion that will clean and disinfect like CRAZY. Don’t believe me? Try this: take and put about a half a cup of baking soda in the slow drain in your bathroom. I sometimes take a straw or a pen to slightly force it around the drain stopper. Now, slowly pour about 1 cup of vinegar over the baking soda. Continue to pour vinegar into the drain until you no longer see any reaction with the baking soda. It may take a few tries to get it to clean out completely (depending on the clog) but it will clean out your drain better than Draino ever could. It even helps if you have “slow” drains due to hard water deposits. I did this in Dad’s house, and boy, did it help!
Most of what you need/want is already in your home, but I recommend these products:
- Glass bowls to mix cleaners when using Essential Oils
- Microfiber cloths (or other reusable cleaning cloths).
Here are the recipes I use. Please make sure you test these before using. Your surface may differ and not respond well to these products.
• ¼ cup white vinegar
• 2 TBSP baking soda
•1 drop of liquid dish soap (I still swear by blue Dawn)
• ¼ gallon hot water
• A few drops of essential oil (optional)
• Combine ingredients in a bucket, stir and let mixture cool. Pour into a spray bottle.
(Or use immediately on your floors! This is my floor cleaner recipe also!!)
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner
• Equal parts white vinegar and water
• A few drops of essential oil (optional…try lavender, orange, lemon or grapefruit)
• Combine ingredients in spray bottle and shake.
Heavy Duty Carpet Cleaner
• Equal parts salt, white vinegar and borax
• Mix ingredients into a paste, rub on affected area and let sit for a few hours. Scrub away with a brush or damp cloth.
• Must use immediately upon making/mixing.
• Equal parts borax and washing soda
• Mix ingredients and store in a labeled container.
• Use the amount normally called for in your dishwasher.
• If your water is hard, use more washing soda.
• 2 tsp. white vinegar
• ¼ gallon water
• A few drops of essential oil (optional…lemon cuts grease well)
• Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake.
• Works best when wiping with crumpled newspaper.
• ¾ cup baking soda
• ½ cup salt
• ¼ cup water
• Combine into a paste and spread over affected areas. Let sit overnight. Scrape off and rinse clean.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
• ¼ cup baking soda
• 1 cup white vinegar
• Combine ingredients and pour into toilet bowl.
• Let it sit for a few minutes then scrub with a toilet brush and rinse.
Don’t want to make your own products but still want to remove toxins from your cleaning routine??
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