Switching to a chemical free home can be overwhelming. Once you become conscious of what’s harmful to the environment and our bodies, you start discovering every product you pick up off the store shelf seems to contain something toxic. Cleaning products are the worst, containing phthalates, bleach, ammonia, chlorine, dyes and more. I was horrified when I learned I was washing the dishes I ate off of with chemicals, wiping my countertops with chemicals, spraying the air that I breathed with toxic matter and cleaning my floors and windows with more poison. Ditching the toxins doesn’t have to be challenging, time consuming or expensive. You probably already have all the ingredients you need sitting around. And you’ll find you’ll be reusing the same ingredients to clean multiple areas, which is a huge money saver!
Vinegar will be your best friend. And baking soda is good friends with vinegar. They work great together in the sink, oven, bathtub or anywhere you’re trying to get grease and grime off. If you’re not a fan of the smell or want an extra kick of power for those real stubborn areas, you can make this all-purpose cleaner. I swear by it. We even use it here at Good Nature.
All Purpose Cleaner: White vinegar, distilled water and Germ Fighter essential oil
Combine water with white vinegar in a spray bottle. Add drops of germ fighter essential oil. Shake well.
Sink, Oven, Tub
To get a sparkly, clean sink sprinkle baking soda and spray with vinegar or the all-purpose cleaner. Let sit for 5-10 minutes then scrub away. This also works great for the oven and bathtub. I like to let it sit a little longer in the oven, about twenty minutes before wiping away.
To clean your dishwasher, once again you can use white vinegar! Fill a bowl or two with the vinegar and place right side up on the top shelf. Run the dishwasher with just the vinegar inside.
Wipe down with the all-purpose cleaner. If you want to make the job a little easier you can place a microwave safe bowl filled with lemon juice and the lemon peel in the microwave and run for three minutes. You can also do this with vinegar. This will loosen the gunk and grime so you can wipe it off easily.
Scrubbing the inside of a kettle can be tough and a nuisance. Keep it clean by boiling vinegar then rinsing the inside.
Tile and Laminate Floors
Instead of using basic floor cleaners that contain ammonia and other harsh ingredients, you can use vinegar and some essential oils. Fill a bucket with warm water and a splash of vinegar with 10 drops of your favorite essential oil to add a nice scent. Lemon and orange essential oil both are antibacterial and antiviral.
Combine 1 cup baking soda with 10-20 drops of essential oil of your choice. If you have pets adding ½ cup of borax will keep away fleas and ticks. Sprinkle on carpet and vacuum up. This is also great for pet beds and bed mattresses. To keep the stink out of trash cans you can even sprinkle this in the bottom and leave there. For steam cleaners, you can add equal parts water and vinegar to steamer and run as you normally would.
Combine 10 drops of lemon essential oil with ½ cup of olive oil. Pour onto a rag when ready to use.
Mix water and 10-20 drops of tea tree oil or Germ fighter in a spray bottle. Tea tree oil has antibacterial qualities and deters lice and bugs. Our germ fighter contains clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary. This is a great blend to ward off sickness and boost immune systems.
Ditch the dryer sheets that contain synthetic fragrances and use dryer balls. Dryer balls work great at collecting lint and getting the static out of your clothes. Make your clothes smell extra fresh by adding 2-4 drops of essential oil to the dryer ball.