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:

 

Carpet Deodorizer

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

Lemon oil

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.

 

Shower Cleaner

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!