Cleaning a house naturally is not any more difficult than cleaning it with harsh chemicals. It improves indoor air quality and is much safer, especially for children.
Common commercial cleaners are loaded with toxic and polluting substances intended to make home life easier. The costs of these chemicals can be high if we consider long-term family health issues and environmental contamination caused by their production and disposal. One in three people in the US suffers from allergies, asthma, sinusitis, or bronchitis. Many cleaning chemicals are allergy and asthma causing and for the prevention of the condition should involve reducing synthetic chemicals in the home environment.
Combinations of the different eco-friendly household items can provide less harmful substitutions for many commercial products. In most cases, they’re also less expensive. The other great thing about natural cleaning recipes is that they are safe for kids to use. The earlier, the better I say! Here are some formulas for safe, alternative home care products.
For any hard surface
How to Use
Mix the vinegar, essential oils, and a little water before adding baking soda in a clean spray bottle. Then fill to top with water. Gently shake to mix ingredients, and then spray, wipe with a cloth, and allow it to dry.
For soft cleansing
How to Use
Mix baking soda and laundry soap in a mixing bowl, stirring vigorously to combine into a paste. Add essential oil and mix well. Store all mixtures in air-tight food containers.
Homemade Disinfectant Wipes
Removal of germs from surfaces
How to use
Place cloth wipes into the empty container. Combine in a mixing bowl the water, vinegar, and 3 essential oils, stirring until well mixed. Pour this mixture over the cloths in the container where they will soak in and be ready for you to pull out and use!
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Clean and Disinfect Toilet
How to use
Mix baking soda and lemon juice in a mixing bowl, stirring vigorously to combine into a paste. Add essential oil and mix well. Store in an airtight food container. Sprinkle it around the sides and scrub with a toilet bowl brush. Let this sit for several hours and then flush in the morning.
Homemade Carpet Freshener and stain removal
Freshen and disinfection
Sprinkle the stain with baking soda and let it sit for about 10 minutes, then vacuum it up. Next, mix 1 Tbsp. dish soap, 1 Tbsp. white vinegar, and 2 cups of warm water. Sponge this onto the stain and blot with a dry cloth, repeating until the stain disappears. Combine borax, half cup baking soda, and essential oils in a mixing bowl and mix well, store in an air-tight container. Just sprinkle around the carpet and let sit for about half an hour. Vacuum up and it gives fresh smell and disinfects the carpet.
Combine in a spray bottle, shake, and spray to freshen the room.
Natural cleaning products are not only safer to use, but they also save you money because they last longer and cost less. Besides, to have a pretty scent in your home adds 100% natural essential oils to your homemade recipes. Essential oils such as tea tree oil, lavender, or lemon oil not only provide a fresh aroma and scent but also have natural antiseptic, antifungal, and disinfectant properties contained within them.
Thanks for reading, if you have other natural cleaners you enjoy using feel free to share.