If you’re looking to live a more chemical-free lifestyle, there are some big changes you’re going to have to make, but the hardest part is making the commitment to do so. The easiest transition for me was switching to natural household cleaning products. We learn to love the strong, chemical odor that our favorite cleaning products give off because it reassures us that the product is doing what it’s supposed to do…clean.
After my son was born, a different perspective worked it’s way around me.
Let’s face it, babies are gross. They pick up anything they can get their tiny little fingers on and it goes directly into their mouths. They lick the windows. They eat off of the floor. I knew this was going to happen. So, I would clean and clean and clean to make sure that all the disgusting things my son was bound to do wouldn’t be as disgusting. But all of those products are chemicals. In fact, the labels TELL you that they are dangerous and that you need to seek medical attention if ingested. So why would I be wiping these dangerous, hazardous chemicals around my house, when I know that they are going to end up in my son’s mouth? I started looking into alternatives and found that not only do they work just as well as the chemicals I had been spraying everywhere, my homemade concoctions save me money, too!
Natural All Purpose Cleaner
Vinegar is a natural disinfectant. It kills bacteria, mold, germs, and viruses. I keep some in a spray bottle that I use all over my house. I don’t mind the vinegar smell, but if it bothers you don’t worry!..it doesn’t linger.
For tougher grease stains or build up around the house there are some other natural remedies that you can combine to give you a little more scrubbing power.
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 1 tsp castile soap
- 1 tsp Borax
- 1 tsp washing soda
- 2 cups warm water (I boil it first, then let it cool a little)
- 20 drops of essential oils of choice (I like 5 Tea Tree, 5 Eucalyptus, and 10 Lemon)
Combine carefully in a spray bottle and prepare to feel really good about making a wonderful household cleaner that isn’t harmful to your family!
Use recycled t-shirts instead of paper towel for the clean up to save even more money!
We are slowing getting rid of paper products in our home. Since switching to cloth diapers and cloth wipes, every time I pull a napkin or paper towel out to use, I feel guilty! I’ve started reading up on the beauty and miracle on microfiber cloths, so that is my next mission! I will let you know how it goes!
Do you have an all natural recipe you love to use all over your house? Let me know!..I’d love to try it out!