I rarely go to the supermarket for anything more than food these days. Of course I buy certain staples like toilet paper but when it comes to cleaning supplies, you may be surprised as to what I buy, where I buy it and how I use it.
Cleaning your house is pretty counter productive if you spend all this time killing germs but allowing chemicals to infiltrate your lungs in the process. The chemical ingredients found in most household cleaners are simply dangerous to your health and I urge you to take a moment and read about some great alternatives!
Here are 6 basic ingredients every cleaning cupboard should keep:
Vinegar: One bottle of distilled white vinegar is a healthy home’s perfect companion. Use it anywhere and everywhere. Whether cleaning windows, toilets, drains, sinks etc., it is the active ingredient to cut through grease and kill certain types of bacteria, yeast and mould. You can simply fill a spray bottle with vinegar and add a couple of drops of an essential oil like tea tree or eucalyptus for a safe and efficient do-it-yourself surface cleaner!
Baking soda: Not only a very versatile cleaner, though that’s what we’re focusing on, but it’s also great as a face and body scrub! (But love your skin and still be gentle!) Useful as a mild abrasive and a disinfectant, it’s great for all that needed scrubbing. Just combine it with the above white vinegar and you’ll be able to clean just about anything. I like to mix baking soda with vinegar to clean my kitchen sink, shower, bathroom sink and toilet (also adding a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil).
Eucalyptus oil: I’m sure you noticed from the above, my mention of Eucalyptus Oil. This miracle oil is a great addition to your self made cleaning products as it not only smells wonderful and fresh, but also adds anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to your already hard working concoctions! Spray and wipe down the kitchen and bathroom benches to disinfect and deodorize as well. As a bonus, you can also use eucalyptus oil in spray form, to both freshen up the room or by adding it to the steam in your shower; great for the home and for your health!
Castile soap: A great natural cleaner. Castile soap can be used on your body and your home. It comes in concentrated form, so you don’t need much each time you use it. Can be used for laundry, dishes and even on the baby! No worries here, just squeaky clean living!
Lemon juice: This fruit is so useful, safe and fragrant. The citric acid in lemon is one of nature’s best cleaners. It breaks down oils and also dead skin. You can easily add this too baking soda and *gently* massage it in to your skin … leave it on for no more than 5 minutes and then use a little castile soap for the final rinse! You’ll love how your skin glows afterwards!
Clove oil: Great for mould infested areas. Simply dilute 2ml of clove oil in 1 liter of water and spray on to problem areas.
See? Not so bad! Unfortunately, in the name of convenience, we tend to carelessly buy the cheapest products on the market and it’s time we changed our mentality!
These mixes are easy to make and tend to last far longer than your common store bought products. Imagine how wonderful it will feel to know that when you are cleaning with these natural ingredients, that you are also creating a healthier home environment for yourself and the ones you love.
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By: Navae Fiona