As I alluded to yesterday, this week we are getting RID of some of the chemicals in our house.
Now, I’m not naive enough to think that you are going to go throw out all your cleaners and start making them all yourself, but I would like to show you just how easy it is to replace them one by one . . .
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 8 – 10 drops essential oil (Lemon or Lavender smell great!)
Mix well and enjoy! Lemon helps create shine and kills bacteria. Lavender smells lovely!
Doesn’t that mirror look clean? It took me longer to clean the mirror than to mix up the cleaner!
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 10 drops Melaleuca Alternifolia (tea tree) oil
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
You can drop this in the toilet one ingredient at a time in the order listed and let the water fizz a bit before scrubbing with a toilet brush, or you can have a fun science experiment with your kids and put the ingredients in a mason jar and THEN pour into the toilet. Melaleuca is a powerful fungicide, so it’s great for mildew or mold. Whew my bathroom is getting clean from this post!
- 2-3 drops citrus based essential oil (Lemon, Orange or Citrus Fresh)
Microwave your kitchen sponge on HIGH for 1 minute every day. When it is cool enough to handle, sprinkle it with a few drops of a citrus based oil and squeeze to distribute. Thanks to the antibacterial qualities of citrus oils, the bacteria growth in your sponge will slow down.
- 2 t. white vinegar (by now you know to buy it in bulk from a warehouse store!)
- 2 T salt
- 5 or 6 drops Melaleuca (tea tree) oil
Mix ingredients in a small bowl and apply to stubborn spots that need some heavy-duty scouring. This stuff works great on soap scum (like what drips down from your soft soap dispensers). I keep a small container of regular salt on hand for just this purpose!
Have fun creating your own cleaners – you’ll save money and help your health! Plus you can let your kids help you clean without any worries – that’s a bonus in my book. Thanks to using products I feel confident about my son is the best (and enjoys) cleaning the toilets for me (and he is SIX).
Interested in learning more about Essential Oils? Check out the details HERE.