Most people do their best to eat nutritious meals, exercise, and go for regular medical check-ups to ensure they stay healthy. All of this is great, but there is one more thing we should be paying attention to in order to live a healthy lifestyle.
That thing is the products we use to clean our homes.
Although people buy cleaning products with the best intentions—to clean their home and eliminate germs and bacteria—they sometimes don’t realize that the harsh ingredients in the products they purchase can do more harm than good.
To combat this problem, we’ve put together some of our favorite safe and easy-to-make cleaning recipes. These recipes will ensure that your home stays clean while also making sure that you aren’t negatively impacted by harmful commercial cleaning products.
Check out the recipes now…
All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe
Everyone needs at least one solid all-purpose cleaner in her cleaning arsenal. This recipe can be used on any surface (kitchen, bathroom, floors, etc.) and will leave your home smelling fresh and clean.
- 1 tsp. borax
- 1/2 tsp. washing soda
- 1 tsp. liquid castille soap
- Essential oils of choice. I use 4 drops lemon, 4 drops lavender and 10 drops orange
- Glass spray bottle for storage
#1 Place borax, washing soda and soap in a spray bottle (preferably glass).
#2 Add 2 cups of warm water. Distilled is best, but any water that has been boiled will work. Cover bottle and shake well. Use as needed. I use as bathroom cleaner, floor pre-treater, kitchen cleaner and on toys to disinfect.
Recipe Source: http://wellnessmama.com/756/homemade-all-purpose-cleaner/
Laundry Detergent Recipe
For many people, laundry is a weekly chore. For that reason, having a safe, all-natural laundry detergent recipe that you can whip up from home is important. Keep your family’s clothes safe and fresh with this recipe.
- Washing Soda (Arm and Hammer Brand available at most stores)
- Borax Powder
- Bar Soap (Dr. Bronner’s, Ivory, or other natural, unscented bar soap)
Note: Washing Soda and Borax should be available at your local grocery store on the laundry aisle. Natural bar soaps are in the health, beauty, or organic sections of the store, or online. You can also add a couple tablespoons of baking soda to help freshen clothes.
#1 Grate the bar soap or mix in food processor until finely ground.
#2 In a large bowl, mix 2 parts washing soda, 2 parts Borax and 1 part grated soap. (Add a few teaspoons of baking soda if desired).
#3 Store in closed container. I keep mine in quart or half gallon mason jars. If you are using a big enough container, you can just put all ingredients in a storage container or jar and shake.
#4 Use 1/8 to 1/4 cup per load of laundry.
Recipe Source: http://wellnessmama.com/462/homemade-laundry-detergent/
Natural Oven Cleaner Recipe
Most people regularly clean their countertops to keep surfaces clean for food prep. There is one place food goes that people don’t think to clean on a regular basis—your oven. Try this easy recipe to keep your oven clean.
- Baking Soda
#1 Spray water inside of oven with a spray bottle.
#2 Sprinkle a ¼ inch layer of baking soda inside oven.
#3 Let sit for 2-3 hours. Do NOT turn on your oven.
#4 Wipe clean
Recipe Source: http://wellnessmama.com/211/natural-oven-cleaning/