I've been in the process of weeding out all the nasty and harmful chemical cleaners in my house (and still have to convince the hubby that this is, indeed, a good idea), and have been researching various effective natural cleaner recipes. The most simplest I've found that I've been using on the counters, tabletops, and floors in the kitchen and bathroom is this one (My apologies to whoever had posted this on another site, as I can't remember where I found it. If this is yours just let me know and I'll give credit where credit is due. Thx!):
- 1 cup distilled water
- 1 cup white vinegar
- several drops of the following essential oils (in any combination or just one of your faves): lemon, lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus
Mix together in a spray bottle (preferably dark glass, but a plastic one will be fine for now). Shake vigorously prior to each use. Spray on to surface. Wipe with either a damp or dry cloth.
That's pretty much it! I've been using it for the past few months and love it...especially the scent!
I'm still in the process of finding other recipes that are good for other household cleaning (toilets, bathroom scum, windows, etc). During my research, I've found the following websites to be helpful:
From Mother Earth News (you can also go to their website and do a search for "natural cleaning products homemade":
- Homemade Green Cleaning Products for Every Household Need
- Natural and Homemade Cleaners
- Green Household Cleaners: Clean Your Home Naturally
One of my favorite homesteading blogs is Wellness Mama. You can find oodles of natural cleaning (and natural everything else for that matter!) recipes on her site.
Well, I hope this gets you inspired to do some natural cleaning around your home this season. Feel free to share your favorite cleaning recipes in the comments section below. I look forward to hearing from you!
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Until next time...happy cleaning!