I like to make my own organic cleaning products to decrease exposure to toxins. Toxic cleaning products can cause all kinds of problems for sensitive skin and should be avoided to maintain healthy, glowing skin. Natural cleaning recipes are really quite simple. You have probably heard that baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and apple cider vinegar make the best cleaners and that is true!
I would also include essential oils,organic castile soap and borax. Essential oils have great anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and cleaning properties. Castile soap or saponified oils are mild cleaners and great for multi-purpose cleaning. Borax powder is in most laundry detergent recipes and is a great tub and tile cleaner.
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I like to use baking soda for any type of soap scum in the sink, tub or shower. I grab a handful and rub it all over the area. You can either rub it around with your hand or use a loofah or scrubbing pad. Either way the scum rubs right off and you just rinse with water.
Baking soda can also be thrown in the washing machine for cleaner clothes because it alkalizes the water. For a natural laundry detergent recipe click here. Baking soda can used to scrub just about anything because it is non-toxic and doesn't scratch surfaces. For more uses of baking soda read here.
Baking soda is also 1 of 5 ingredients in this amazing homemade dishwasher detergent recipe. Not only does this recipe get your dishes sparkling clean. You can feel confident that there is no chemical residue.
Hydrogen peroxide is a great disinfectant.
1 cup hydrogen peroxide
2 cups of water
4-10 drops of lemon, tea tree, or oregano oil.
Spray it anywhere that needs disinfecting.
I have granite countertops and I like cutting on them. I wipe them off with hydrogen peroxide before I cut my veggies to make sure the surface is clean.
Hydrogen peroxide is also a great toilet bowl cleaner and disinfectant. Be sure to flush a couple of times to avoid bubbling.
It is best to keep hydrogen peroxide in a dark bottle and out of light so that it will stay potent.
Read more great uses for hydrogen peroxide.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can also be mixed with water and essential oils as a surface cleaner and disinfectant. It is acidic so make sure and check if it is safe to use on your surface.
1 cup of apple cider vinegar
1 cup of water
10 drops of lemon, tea tree or oregano essential oils
This is a great multi-purpose cleaner. The lemon or tea tree oils cover the smell of the vinegar.
White vinegar can be poured on a rag to wipe down stainless steel.
For windows, you can also use white vinegar. Keep in mind that if you have been using a commercial cleaner, there will be a residue on the window. If you are cleaning windows with vinegar for the first time use the recipe below. If not, you can omit the soap.
3 cups water
1/3 cup white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dish soap
Mix, spray and wipe.
Castile soap is a great multi-purpose cleaner and it can be used in small dilutions. Add 1 TBS to 2 cups of water. Mix in some lemon, peppermint, or tea tree oil and spray anywhere as a mild cleaner. You can increase the concentration up to 1/2 soap and 1/2 water for stronger cleaning but it may need to be rinsed with water to avoid leaving a film.
I like Dr. Bronner's organic castile soap for organic cleaning.
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