Keep Your House Organic
– 7 DIY Organic Cleaners –
Let’s get organic!!! No more harsh chemicals to burn your skin and dry it out… OUCH!!! No more worrying about little Susie and Jo Jo Junior getting into the Cleaning Cabinet and chugging a gallon of bright blue Window Cleaner. We all know that we thought about it with all the bright colors that they make these cleaners I mean look at all the Tide Pod Kids, it’s obviously a temptation, is it too soon for a slight chuckle on that comment. Probably so I will digress. It’s time to Organic the Mess out of this House, so here we go!!!
So Let’s Meet the Stars of the Show. (Click for other DIY Cleaners which inspired some of this information.)
I know you are chomping at the bit to get started on a “Cleaning Frenzy”. Aren’t we all? But first let’s check out some of the most common non-toxic cleaning products.
We all have Baking Soda, it’s found in practically every kitchen in America but did you know that Baking Soda is a virus-killer that can also clean, deodorize, and cut through grease and grime. Yeah I didn’t think so.
Natural lemon juice annihilates mildew and mold, cuts through grease, and shines hard surfaces (It also smells awesome.).
This is a type of soap that’s made from 100% plant oils that means no animals were “used” in the making of this product and absolutely no chemical detergents. What? You say how is this possible? Because Nature Packs a Mean Punch if you let it. Castile Soap was made popular by the Dr. Bronner’s line of products, castile soap is an amazing product to cut through grease and grime. Also did you know that with a little of this soap and some Borax you can make your own laundry detergent, but now I am getting ahead of myself.
Thanks to its acidity, vinegar is nothing short of a cleaning miracle — I know it stinks, but like it or not it does an amazing job of getting rid of grease, soap scum, and grime.
I bet you didn’t realize that you could use this as
cleaner and polisher did you. Well you do now, so there you go.
Essential oils have become quite popular lately. Naturally, because they smell great and can make your house the same when added to your Organic Cleaners. Essential Oils are considered safe especially when diluted. Keep this in mind when choosing which oils you like the best. Be sure you are using 100% oils.
Many DIY cleaners tout Borax (a boron mineral and salt) as a non-toxic alternative to mainstream cleaning products; however, the issue is pretty hotly debated. Some research suggests Borax can act as a skin and eye irritant and that it disrupts hormones. For this list, we’ve chosen to avoid products that use Borax.
Enough with the Players Let’s “CREATE & CLEAN”:
1. Toilet Scrub
This simple little cleaner cleans and deodorizes and its fun too. Pour a ½ cup of baking soda and about 10 drops of tea tree essential oil into the toilet. Add ¼ cup of vinegar to the bowl and scrub away… It’s that easy and its fun to watch while the mixture fizzes.
2. Showers and Tubs
Showers and Tubs are tough. So here are 2 cleaners for 2 different kinds of jobs, If you have Mildew just Spray Pure White Vinegar on the area and let it sit for about 30 minutes and then rinse away with warm water. I know we all hate Soap Scum so here is a simple little cleaner that cuts right through it without any harsh chemicals. Take 1 part vinegar and 1 part water and put into a spray bottle and Spray Away. Let it sit for a few minutes and then wipe it away. But I hate the smell of vinegar you say. No problem, just add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and the problem is solved.
3. Disinfectant (Bleach)
Your other cleaners aren’t cutting it and you need some serious disinfectant FirePower? Simple, mix a ½ cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon castile liquid soap, and a ½ teaspoon hydrogen peroxide. Use a cloth to apply the mixture to a wet surface, scrub, and then rinse thoroughly.
4. Tile Floors (not recommended for wood floors)
Combine one part white vinegar and two parts warm water in a bucket. Use a mop or rag to scrub down the floors. Don’t worry about rinsing. Add a few drops of essential oils to give a nice clean aroma throughout the house.
5. Windows and Mirrors
For an all-purpose window cleaner, combine 1 part white vinegar with 4 parts water (feel free to add some lemon juice if you’re feeling citrusy), then use a sponge or rag to scrub away.
6. Wood Cleaner
If you have varnished wood this is a great product to use for cleaning. Create this product by combining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, and a quart of warm water and put it in a spray bottle. Spray onto wood and then dry with a soft cloth. (Note: This is not the best option for wood floors because olive oil can leave behind some (slippery) residue.)
7. Furniture Polish
If you need a quick recipe to clean and polish your furniture, simply combine ¼ cup vinegar with ¾ cup olive oil and use a soft cloth to distribute the mixture over furniture. For wood furniture (or as an alternative to the first recipe), combine ¼ cup lemon juice with ½ cup olive oil, then follow the same procedure.
Note: We strived to provide the best possible information in this blog, but since we haven’t tried every single one of these solutions in every possible cleaning situation, we can’t vouch for them 100 percent. But try them and let us know your results and LETS Make A More Organic Life.
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