Natural House Cleaning Guide
Natural House Cleaning will reduce your exposure to the many toxic chemicals in cleaning products. Because, although cleaning probably isn't your favorite chore, it doesn't have to be a toxic chore.
Why Natural House Cleaning Matters
Conventional household cleaners are toxic. The chemicals in
cleaners cause allergies, asthma, lung inflammation, asthma-like symptoms and
other respiratory problems.
In fact, a 2018 study found women who used sprays or other
cleaning products at least once per week had a steeper decline in lung function
than women who didn’t.
They also contain endocrine
disrupting chemicals and fragrance and other unknown chemicals.
Fortunately, cleaning your home doesn't have to mean
filling it with dangerous toxins. You can have a clean home and cleaner indoor using
this natural house cleaning guide.
Now this is not a "I live to Clean" type of guide. This is a natural house cleaning guide for people like me, who would rather be doing anything else but cleaning.
How To Get Started
Natural house cleaning is based on easy to find ingredients
and very simple recipes. And while making your own is the best and cheapest
option, I’ve included a few natural cleaners you can buy. Because sometimes life gets in the way of our best intentions.
The following recipes use a few essential oils for their
disinfecting and cleaning properties. Not for their scent.
Be aware there are a lot of cleaning recipes on the Web that
recommend using lemon, lime, orange and pine essential oils in cleaning
recipes. DON’T DO IT.
The major constituents in these oils are limonene, pinene
and linalool. They are known allergens
but they also react with the ozone in your air to create formaldehyde, a
carcinogen, and particle pollution, linked to many health problems.
To get started gather everything you’ll need for your
Natural House Cleaning Kit.
Vodka, Vinegar, Water, Baking Soda, hydrogen peroxide, Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap, grated castile soap, washing
soda, borax and Bon Ami Powder Cleanser (optional) and a grout cleaning brush.
Essential oils - Tea Tree Oil, thyme essential oil, Cedarwood Oil
Collect at least 6 new or used spray bottles and 1 mister
bottle. Make up and label the bottles with each of the following recipes.
To simplify things, keep all your supplies for making the sprays and additional recipes together. Jot the additional recipes down on 3x5 cards and keep them with your supplies.
6 Spray Bottle Recipes
All Purpose Cleaner Germ
Ingredients - Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap, Water, Baking Soda, Tea Tree Oil, Vodka
Directions - Mix 1/4 cup of castile soap into a quart of water. Add 1 teaspoon
of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil and 1/2 cup of vodka. Pour into a
(also good for mold and mildew)
Mix 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide into 1 cup of vinegar. Add 10 drops
of thyme essential oil and
15 drops of tea tree oil.
Spray on moldy surfaces. Wait 15 minutes and wipe. Also works on porous mold
prone surfaces. Just spray on and don't wipe.
Shiny Surface And Glass
Mix 1 cup water, 1 cup vodka and 1 cup of vinegar in an
empty spray bottle. Spray on windows, showers and mirrors. Keep a bottle
of this in the bathroom to spray in the shower after each use. This will reduce
mold, mildew and soap scum buildup between cleanings.
Upholstery and Carpet Cleaner
Ingredients - Water, Dr
Bronner’s Castile Soap, Baking Soda, Vinegar
Directions - Mix 1/8 cup of castile soap, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 1
tablespoon of vinegar into 1 cup of water. Stir thoroughly (it will be foamy).
Pour into a spray bottle. To use - shake well, spray on upholstery, lightly
scrub with a damp sponge.
All Purpose Floor Cleaner
Ingredients - Water, Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap, Washing soda
Directions - Mix 2-3 drops of castile soap and 1 tablespoon washing soda into 2 cups warm water. Pour into a spray bottle and use for quick cleanups.
Ingredients - Vodka, Cedarwood Oil
- Pour 2 cups of vodka into a mister bottle. Add 1 teaspoon of cedar oil
(optional). Spray throughout your house to remove musty odors.
Additional Recipes For Natural House Cleaning (and some store bought options)
Carpet Cleaning Foam
Ingredients - Water, Dr Bronner’s Castile
Directions - Whip 1/4 cup of castile soap with 3 tablespoons of water in a bowl
with an egg beater. Rub the foam into carpet stains. Rinse well.
A repository for most of the toxins in your home is dust. Air fresheners, cleaning and personal care products, furniture, flooring, carpets, electronics and pesticides contain chemicals that can leach, migrate, abrade, or off-gas into your air and attach to dust.
And while Swiffer style dusters are easy to use, the most effective way to remove dust is by wiping surfaces with a damp microfiber cloth.
To make homemade grout cleaner you'll need a good grout cleaning brush, a spray bottle, white vinegar, baking soda and possibly hydrogen peroxide.
Fill a spray bottle with a half-and-half solution of vinegar and warm water. Spray on the grout, let it stand for five minutes, then scrub with the grout brush.
For more powerful cleaning cover grout lines with a paste of baking soda and water, then spray on the vinegar solution listed above. When the mixture stops foaming, scrub with a brush and rinse with plain water.
For tough stains apply Hydrogen peroxide straight out of the bottle to grout, or apply a paste made from baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Keep a spray bottle of disinfectant spray and a shaker-top bottle of baking soda in your bathroom. When toilets need cleaning, spritz thoroughly with the spray and allow to sit for several minutes. Sprinkle baking soda inside the bowl, scrub the inside of the bowl, and flush toilet. To clean the outside surfaces just spray with the disinfectant spray, let stand a few minutes, and wipe clean.
You can clean your oven with nontoxic homemade options. The simplest method is
to apply a layer of baking soda to a damp oven (spritz it with water). I like
to put a pan of water in the oven at 250 degrees for a half hour first to
soften up the grime.
Leave the baking soda on as long as possible then wipe away
the grime. You can spritz the baking soda with white vinegar for some fizzy
fun. White vinegar will also remove any baking soda residue.
For heavy grime, make a paste with 1 part castile soap to 4
parts baking soda and 2 parts sea salt or borax. Dip a sponge into the paste and scrub.
Dip a damp sponge or scrub brush in baking soda or Bon Ami Powder Cleanser and scrub.
All Purpose Stain
Removers (for common stains, pet stains, wine and blood)
Dampen the stained area with water, sprinkle on borax and
clean with a brush. Let dry, then vacuum.
Make a spray with 1 cup white vinegar and 4 cups of water. Spritz
on the stains then dab them away. For blood stains use cold water.
Ink Stain Remover
Soak a cloth in vodka and dab on the stain.
Powdered Homemade Laundry Detergent
16 cups baking soda
12 cups washing soda
8 cups grated castile
Combine baking soda, washing soda and soap flakes. Use 1/4 cup per load.
Liquid Homemade Laundry Detergent
1/2 cup Borax or Washing Soda
1/2 cup of vinegar
1/2 cup of Dr Bronner's (or grated soap)
3 pints of hot water
Leave for 24 hours to thicken. Use 1/2 cup per load.
To Whiten and Remove Stains
To whiten whites, pour hydrogen peroxide directly into the
washer. To remove tough stains, make a mixture of equal parts hydrogen
peroxide, water and baking soda. Rub on the stain with a brush. Let sit for 10
minutes, then wash the garment in the regular wash cycle.
Instead of Fabric softener,
try wool dryer balls to
soften clothing and reduce static.
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