Spring Clean Naturally with 5 Basic Ingredients
Have you ever wondered how chemical compounds from everyday cleaners and surfactants may be effecting your home environment and our ecosystem at large? There is proof that the harsh chemicals found in common household cleaning products are toxic to plant and animal life and pollute the air we breathe.
You can enjoy a naturally fresh and clean home without compromising personal and environmental health. It’s easy to create your own effective non-toxic cleansers using these 5 inexpensive everyday ingredients in recycled spray bottles and containers.
1. CASTILLE SOAPA natural multi-purpose liquid soap made from vegetable oils
Floor Cleaner: Mop almost any type of floor with a solution of 1/4 cup liquid Castile soap and 2 gallons warm water. If the floors are greasy, add 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar to the bucket.
Wood Cleaner: 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar 1/4 cup water 1/2 teaspoon liquid castile soap 5 drops jojoba or olive oil. Then add 5-10 drops of pure essential oils i.e: lemon, pine, spruce.
2. VINEGARDistilled white vinegar cuts soap scum, creates an environment that inhibits the growth of mold, mildew, and some bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella.
Windows: Mix 2 ounces water, 1 ounce white vinegar and 10 drops lavender, lemon or lemongrass oil to wipe grime off windows. Bonus: These oils may repel insects!
Mould: Spray vinegar on the affected areas. After about 15 minutes, rinse and let dry thoroughly. Add drops of tea tree or thyme essential oil for powerful anti-microbial /anti-fungal effect.
3. BORAXWhen added to a laundry wash, borax makes detergents even more effective. It's also quite alkaline, so it kills mould and fungus while softening water.
Baseboards, Countertops, and Walls: Dissolve 1 part borax in 2 parts hot water and pour the solution into a spray bottle. Spray generously on surfaces, wipe down with a damp cloth, and let air-dry.
Toilet Bowl: Pour a cup of white vinegar into the toilet with a handful of baking soda and soak about 10 minutes. Swish with toilet brush and flush. Option: Pour borax in the bowl and let sit overnight. Scrub and flush the next day. Borax will help to remove rust stains.
4. BAKING SODABaking soda’s fine, gritty texture makes it an excellent gentle abrasive cleaner. Its neutralizing action on scent molecules makes baking soda an effective deodorizer also.
Homemade Soft Scrubber: Slowly pour liquid castile soap into ½ cup baking soda-stirring constantly, until the consistency resembles frosting. Add drops of essential oil or oils if desired. Scoop the creamy mixture onto a sponge, scrub the surface, and then rinse.
Garden and Garden Utensils: Dip a moist stiff-bristled brush in washing soda to scrub trimmers, clippers,grills and barbecue utensils. Place in a sunny area to dry. (Don't use washing soda on aluminum tools.)
Upholstery and Carpets: Sprinkle on soda, wait a bit then vacuum.
Deodorize / Clear Drains: Pour 1 cup baking soda and one cup hot distilled white vinegar down the drain. Rinse after 5 minutes.
5. ESSENTIAL OILSThese are powerful, pure botanical distillations. Some essential oils traditionally used in cleaning recipes include lavender, tea tree, orange, lemon, pine and rosemary.
Floor Wash: Add 1/4 cup white vinegar to a bucket of water. Add 10 - 20 drops of your favourite essential oil(s). Peppermint oil repels mice and ants, try lavender and orange oils to refresh and uplift.
Pest Control: Create a safe bug spray for people and pets. Create a base of half distilled water and half witch hazel. Add 10 drops of essential oil(s) for every 1 oz of base. Great oils for repelling bugs include lemongrass, lavender, tea tree, geranium and eucalyptus.
Support the environmental harmony inside and outside your home. Use these ‘Green Clean Basics’ to tackle any household grime, safely and organically.