I am so excited that spring is finally here! Like I told you in a post on Monday, I am in the mood for spring cleaning. Today I want to share with you a few ways I green my clean. I tossed conventional cleaning products several years ago when I began to learn about the toxic ingredients that I was using to clean my home. The health risks aren’t worth it, it costs less to make your own, and it’s incredibly easy. You are going to be surprised how simple it really is and I bet you will have most of the ingredients on hand.
Window and Glass Spray
1 cup white distilled vinegar
3 cups water
1-2 drops of liquid dish soap
Simply combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake to mix. Conventional glass cleaners leave a film on your mirrors and windows. The liquid dish soap will remove this film. Once you have removed this film, it’s no longer necessary to add the dish soap. I add a couple of drops of orange or lemon essential oil. It adds to the cleaning power and also gives it a nice scent.
3 tablespoons beeswax beads (found here-Beeswax Organic Pastilles, Yellow, 100% Pure 16 Oz)
8 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Melt the beeswax in a crockpot or a double boiler. The easiest way is to melt the beeswax in a small glass jar using the double boiler method. I use a small mason jar. Once the beeswax is melted add the oil. Be careful not to burn yourself. I add about 15 drops of lemon essential oil. You could use teatree essential oil, or any woody essential oil if you prefer.
All Purpose Cleaner
1 gallon of water
1/3 cup white distilled vinegar
10-15 drops tea tree essential oil (found here-Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Essential Oil. 10 ml. 100% Pure, Undiluted, Therapeutic Grade.)
10 drops citrus essential oil (I use this-Orange Essential Oil. 10 ml. 100% Pure, Undiluted, Therapeutic Grade.)
I usually combine all these ingredients in a bucket and use it to dampen a cloth for cleaning my kitchen and bathrooms. Then I use it for mopping the kitchen.
For areas that need scrubbing like the toilet or showers I simply use baking soda, either plain or with a few drops of essential oils. I like tea tree essential oil for it’s antimicrobial properties and citric essential oils for their disinfecting and antifungal properties. Remember not to apply undiluted essential oils directly to your skin.
I think you will be pleased to learn how easy and inexpensive it really is to clean your house naturally and you get the peace of mind knowing that your home is chemical free.