STOP POISONING YOUR FAMILY, PETS & SELF!
DIY Household Cleaners that are safe & effective
I recently had a conversation about a co-worker’s daughter having chronic breathing issues and allergies. As she was talking, I kept visualizing Febreze bottles around her, so I asked what type of cleaning products she used in the home. She replied, “my daughter is addicted to Febreze and squirts everything with it”. I gasped.
According to the EWG, Febreze contains 89 air contaminants, which are toxic to the brain and nervous system. These contaminants are linked to cancer, are toxic to the reproductive system and cause allergies.
When we are accustomed to using everyday products, it’s hard to grasp that we could possibly be poisoning our pets, our families, and ourselves. However, a lot of what we use on a regular basis could be doing just that.
Here are some simple recipes to make your own household cleaners that are effective for disinfecting and are safe for your pets, family and self.
KRIS’ TOP 5 ITEMS TO KEEP IN YOUR CLEANING CLOSET
- Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap - Made with water, Saponified Organic Coconut & Organic Olive Oil, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Vitamin E, and some are scented with essential oils.
- White Distilled Vinegar
- Baking Soda
- Essential Oils
Multipurpose Cleaner – add 1 tsp of unscented or scented castile soap, 1 tbsp of baking soda for food areas or ½ tsp of Borax for a stronger cleaner (bathroom), and two cups of hot water to a spray bottle. Use safely to clean many surfaces excluding wood. If using unscented castile soap, use essential oils of choice. Have fun with mixing your own delicious smelling cleaners!
Scrubbing Cleanser – mix ¼ cup baking soda, 1 tbsp of castile soap, and add enough distilled vinegar until it reaches a thick, yet creamy texture.
Window/Glass Cleaner – mix ½ tsp of unscented castile soap, 3 tbsp white vinegar, 15 drops of essential oil of choice and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. I love mixing lavender and rosemary essential oils for this window cleaner. It makes the entire room spell relaxing and fresh!
Stain Remover – Mix castile soap with water on a cloth rag to remove stains on cloths, carpet, and other surfaces. Watch stains disappear with ease.
Hand Soap – fill a foaming dispenser with water, add 7-9 drops of unscented castile soap, and add desired essential oils. Use in the bathroom, kitchen, office, or common areas to keep germs and bacteria minimized.
Laundry Detergent – mix equal parts of lavender castile soap and Borax in a large container; add hot water until it reaches desired consistency. Should be slightly thinner than a normal laundry detergent. Use just under a cup for a normal sized load to enjoy a non-toxic clean!
Dishwashing Liquid – fill a squirt bottle a little less than ½ with castile soap, next fill water almost to the top, add 1 tsp of lemon juice, and 15 drops of your favorite essential oil.
Floor Cleaner – add 1/3 cup of borax, 1 tsp castile soap, and 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar to mop bucket for a fresh and safe shine!
Air Deodorizing Spray – fill a 4oz spray bottle almost to the top with purified water; add 12 drops of rosemary essential oil, 8 drops of lemon essential oil, and 6 drops of thyme essential oil. Have fun mixing your own fragrant combinations, but make sure to use high quality essential oils.
If you have a favorite household cleaner you make, please reply with your recipe!
Kris @Dark Moon Tarot