Making your own natural homemade cleaners is simple and effective. Not to mention money saving! In fact, you can often make them with ingredients already in your cupboards.
Chemical cleaning products are being linked more and more to increased asthma and cancer in children, as well as headaches, eczema and allergies. Not to mention the possibility of accidental poisoning. Not good!
I buy almost no commercial cleaning products at all any more because I'd rather make my own. I know exactly what's in them, I know they're eco-friendly, and I know they WORK. (Plus, they smell wonderful!)
Here's a few of my favorite homemade cleaner recipes: tried, tested and refined until perfect.
Bathrooms are the perfect home for mold, mildew and bacteria. These easy homemade bathroom cleaner recipes are a great natural, non-toxic alternative to commercial cleaning products.
This is a quick, easy homemade dish soap recipe for washing dishes by hand in the sink. It cuts grease, kills germs and gives your spirits a lift every time you use it!
Here's some earth friendly, non-toxic homemade drain cleaner recipes and tips.
Go green at home. Here's a couple of tried-and-true homemade wood floor cleaner and homemade laminate floor cleaner recipes you'll love.
Natural cleaning recipes for making your own homemade stain removers - from grass stains to ink blots.
Here's a few suggestions for mood-lifting, stress-reducing, germ-killing essential oil blends for your homemade cleaners.
Switching to natural homemade cleaners can feel a little funny at first because the natural ingredients seem so ordinary.
We're so used to chemicals and artificial scents these days you might wonder if the simple ingredients in these green cleaning recipes really work. Well, here's your chance to find out!
Vinegar. Kills germs, cuts grease, deodorizes, dissolves mineral deposits. Reportedly kills 82% of mold.
Baking Soda. Sodium Bicarbonate. Scrubs, whitens and deodorizes. Cuts grease.
Washing Soda. Sodium Carbonate. Cuts grease, removes grime, disinfects. Usually in the laundry area of your grocery or department store, or ask for it at a pool store. It will be in the water softener section.
Borax. Disinfectant. Helps kill germs, bacteria and fungi. Deodorizes. Although it is a natural substance, borax is toxic when ingested. It may also cause skin irritation. Keep away from children, pets and food preparation areas. Use in proper dilution.
Liquid Dishwashing Soap. Cuts grease, removes grime, disinfects. Look for a natural, vegetable based product. Or make your own!
Essential Oils. Helps kill germs, bacteria and fungi. Boost the immune system. Add mood-lifting scents to green cleaning recipes.
There's so much more to essential oils than meets the eye. Their
molecules are so tiny that they absorb deep into your body in a matter
If the essential oil you buy is filled with additives (to "stretch"
the scent) and fragrance boosters, those potentially harmful ingredients
are also absorbed straight into your body. Not ideal!
For instance, my mom and I get instant headaches with most kinds of
lavender oil. That's because of the extra "lavender" scent that's added
to make it smell stronger. But when it's pure lavender - nothing else -
I've used many brands over the last 12 years or so and what I know
for sure is, you get what you pay for. So I recommend buying the highest
quality essential oils you can afford.
Here's how I break it out...
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