Create your own natural cleaning products!


Create your own natural cleaning products!

While the smell of bleach is pure bliss to my nostrils, most people shy away from this strong chemical if they can. While I would wear it as perfume if possible, I also prefer a more natural, organic, healthy product if possible. Cue the 1950’s pearl-wearing housewife; she knows what I am talking about and is like 65 years ahead of her time.

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Most create your own cleaning products have a simple base of vinegar, lemon, baking soda, castile soap or water- all products that cost less than a few dollars and likely are already hanging out in your pantry. These products are safer for you, your children and pets- a fact which calms the nerves and reminds you that nature knows best! If you are worried about harmful toxins, chemicals and the like, consider making your own natural cleaning products- it is easier than you think!

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Shopping list: Vinegar (white), tea tree oil, castile soap and essential oils (like lavender for sprucing up the smell), one t-shirt to cut up, one plastic food container or baby wipe container and one spray bottle.

Tea Tree Oil Disinfectant Wipes:

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This recipe is one of my favorites because it is so simple and genius! Essentially, find an old white t-shirt (or whatever fabric you have on hand to cut up) and cut it into equal sized squares (I shoot for around 18 small squares). If you have an old baby wipes container or Tupperware, either will work great for storing your little beauties. Once you have them cut, stack them up or fold them appropriately into your container- how it sits is based off your preference.

Now, mix one cup water with 2 tablespoons castile soap and 10 drops of tea tree oil. Pour your mixture over your squares and really let them soak in it. Tada! New wipes! What’s even better? They are re-usable! Once you use your square, set it aside and wash your rags together to create your next batch.

Secret bonus: tea tree oil is great for treating acne so if you get the cleanser on your hands and touch your face (like we all do a million times) you might actually improve your skin!

All-purpose cleaner: Buy a spray bottle and make a cute label- okay that’s the part I enjoy the most. Once ready, mix one cup white vinegar, one cup water, 30 drops essential oil (like lavender or citrus), and one tablespoon castile soap. The oil creates the scent and masks the vinegar so you do not feel like you are bathing your counters in salad dressing. Which I would do if I could- don’t judge me.

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Fruit and Veggie Wash: I found this one on a super cool blog called Lexie Naturals (who also teaches you how to make your own skin care!). It’s a simple one but a goody. When you get your veggies home from the store, simply fill a clean sick with water (up a few inches or so to cover the veggies you purchased) and add one cup of white vinegar. The key here is to not let your veggies soak too long, especially berries or smaller fruits that might soak up the smell/taste if left too long. Harder fruits with thicker rinds can soak longer and veggies like mushrooms should just be brushed with the solution on a damp towel. For more examples from Lexie: http://blog.lexienaturals.com/2013/04/how-to-wash-fruits-and-vegetables.html.

Bonus: Homemade bug repellent! Vinegar is great for killing ants and disinfecting your windowsills, patios or decks. There are also some wonderful herbs that will work two-fold: basil, mint, lemongrass and garlic are all natural bug repellers and fantastic in a salad or Pad Thai!

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Bonus Bonus: Make your own insect repellent spray and perfume by mixing one cup water with one tablespoon vanilla! I have also read that cinnamon is great for staving off ants and other small crawlies. I am guessing a stick of cinnamon in your spray bottle would make an even better smell on your skin and ward off insects times two!

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Essentially from my list, what I am recommending is to buy stock in vinegar. If you could shower your home in vinegar (and stand the smell) you would live dirt-free. You might also be parenting the smelly kids on the block, but at least this smell is disinfecting! Haha, I jest, but in reality, there are few things vinegar cannot do. I grew up with my mom cleaning floors and bath tubs with it and as I have just shown, it helps with bugs, kitchen counters and other purposes. For around a dollar a gallon, what product really beats that? If there was an American Idol for cleaning products, I would definitely call in my vote.

For more awesome organic cleansers and solutions, including how to make your own laundry detergent see: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2013/06/homemade-all-natural-cleaning-recipes.html


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