When I started on my natural health journey over 10 years ago, the first thing I thought of was what we breathed in. My son and I had been diagnosed with asthma and severe allergies. When our son was diagnosed, my husband wouldn’t allow me to burn candles anymore or buy those cute plug-in air fresheners.
I was so bummed because I like to use them according to the seasons. My thought was, “If they were sold at the store, how could they be so bad for you????”
But I honored his request. My next small decision was to think about every cleaner that came into my house. Did it leave a chemical or artificial smell? Out it went.
I researched on how to know how “natural” your cleaner is. The Environmental Working Group www.ewg.org become my go-to site – foods, cleaners, makeup, they study it all.
After studying this site AND reading other books, I believe that the only way to truly know what’s in my products is to make my own. So I stocked up on white vinegar, baking soda, and some essential oils. This was my first foray into essential oils, and I just bought them from the grocery store. I didn’t know anyone who used them at the time. Now that I have learned more about oils and how they are sourced, I buy them from doTERRA essential oils.
Here are some of my favorite natural cleaners:
Save an old parmesan cheese can. Label it for cleaning use or your family might throw it away.
1 cup baking soda
15 drops of deodorizing oil (Lemon, Peppermint, OnGuard – can be an oil mix that says spring or Christmas – whatever makes you happy)
Shake thoroughly to mix. Sprinkle on carpet and let sit until time to vacuum.
Wedding Ring Cleaner
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon white vinegar
In a small bowl, mix baking soda and lemon oil into a paste. With a toothbrush, scrub ring with soda paste. Pour vinegar over and watch bubble. Continue to scrub. Rinse under warm water.
1 cup baking soda
plastic spray bottle filled with white vinegar
5 drops of melaleuca/tea tree oil (helps with mold/mildew)
Make a paste of a tiny bit of water and the baking soda. Spread around shower with a cleaning brush. Work into extra dirty areas. Spray with vinegar. Rinse with fresh water.
May all your weeds be wildflowers!