Natural All-Purpose Cleaner ~ Dana
After I started making my own laundry detergent, the homemade, all-natural bug bit me. I researched basic kitchen and bathroom cleaners and found that the chemicals used for the production of non-natural cleaning products include neurotoxins, carcinogens, heavy metals, and depressants. They are great at cleaning up messes, but can also cause respiratory problems, allergic reactions, cancers, trigger asthmatic attacks, and reproductive problems (GrabGreenHome.com). Ew. I don’t want that stuff in my home, around my kids, and touching our food.
An easy non-toxic cleaner I use every day is this simple all-purpose cleaner from wellnessmama.com. It’s a great kitchen cleaner, bathroom cleaner, and can it even disinfect toys after the kids have been sick. And unlike its commercial counterparts, you do not have to rinse it off of the countertop. That little-known nugget is in the fine print on most cleaners. Yikes.
If you’ve made the laundry soap that we posted last week, you already have a couple of the ingredients.
In a spray bottle, mix:
1 tsp borax
1/2 tsp washing soda
1 tsp liquid castile soap
Essential oils – I use 4 drops lemon (antiseptic), 4 drops lavender (antiseptic and anti-viral), and 10 drops orange (antiseptic)
Add 2 cups of warm water. Distilled is best, but any water that has been boiled will work. Cover bottle and shake well. Use as needed.
The essential oils can be purchased at most health food stores, like Clarks Nutrition or Sprouts here in Southern California. Sometimes if I’m not going to make it to one of these stores for a while, I order the oils on Amazon.com, too.
One thing that I am discovering with most of my homemade cleaners is that I need a bit more elbow grease when using them than when I clean with chemical cleaners. And that makes sense, doesn’t it? So by using it, you’ll be healthier and your arms will be toned.
For tougher jobs like the stovetop and microwave, I keep a spray bottle filled with half distilled or boiled water and half white vinegar. The acidity of the vinegar breaks down grease better than the all-purpose cleaner. And don’t worry; the vinegar smell doesn’t last long. I promise.