As a kid, I always wondered why the women in commercials wore gloves while washing dishes [my grandma used to explain that people on the mainland liked their hands to be soft]. It completely confused me because I was definitely one of those kids who used to scrub the tub with bleach, comet, and basin-tub-and-tile cleaner barefoot and gloveless [this may explain a lot]. I remember having to run outside to stop the world from spinning afterwards, but I never imagined those experiences being harmful to me.
As an adult, I have made it my utmost priority to live a life that is both simple and significant, and a large part of that is being responsible for my health and body. Together, Ben and I work hard to create a home that is both functional and conscious, which is why I’ve started really paying attention to the products we purchase and bring into our home.
I started researching the effects of chemicals on the human body a while back. I was shocked to learn that many every day products contain unnecessary hazardous chemicals that have extremely harmful effects. It was then that Ben and I decided to start using more naturally-derived products.
[Random fact: Ben + I have two different hand soaps because it is one of the only cleaning products we have opposing opinions about. Ben needs his soap to be anti-bacterial while I would rather not become immune to super-viruses.]
While it is important to me to have products be both environmentally friendly and non-toxic, it is also important to me that these products actually work, especially when it comes to cleaners. This all-purpose cleaner is all of the above, with the added benefit of being cheap and all-natural! I use this on our counters, floors, and walls, as well as in the bathroom. Of course, another option for an all-purpose cleaner is the simple 1:1 ratio of vinegar : baking soda, but the following recipe has a few added benefits.
- 2 Tbsp white vinegar – cleanser, deodorizer + grease-cutter
- 1 tsp liquid castile soap – basic gentle, non-toxic, cruelty-free soap that’s great for cleaning
- 1 tsp borax – natural mineral disinfectant + cleanser
- 2 c hot water
- 1/4 tsp essential oil [Optional] – Eucalyptus, lavender + tea tree are all antibacterial, antimocrobial + antiviral
Mix everything in a spray container [I reused an old container].
Spray onto surface [this is good for all surfaces except glass], scrub, and wipe off with a cloth or rag.
No more headaches! I actually love using this to clean, as the oils smell so good!
Do you make your own cleaning products? What works for you?
Have a great Tuesday, friends! I’m off to get more studying done [save me, please!].
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