I wrote a post last week about little things we can do to help live a greener and healthier lifestyle. I promised to post the recipes we use for cleaning in our home. Here are some of the recipes that we use for healthy and natural cleaning solutions. These are very inexpensive, will save you money, not harmful to children, pets or the earth and help to reduce the toxins that are being released into the atmosphere.
Don’t be fooled by all the commercials you see on TV that the cleaners are safe! If you can not drink it, it is not safe. The best disinfectant is white Vinegar. It is 5% acid and is very effective in killing bacteria.
One of the biggest problems we are facing today in our environment is the over use of germicides and anti- bacteria products. Do not use anti- bacteria soaps for ordinary cleaning of your and your children’s hands. The purpose of anti- bacteria soaps is for use in hospitals, washing before surgery and other such applications. We are killing the good along with the bad bacteria. We need to have good bacteria. Now what is happening is the bad bacteria is mutating into new bacteria that is immune to these bacteria killers. This is affecting the natural eco-cycle. The best way to keep bad bacteria under control is to wash your hands and your children’s hands with natural soap and warm water every time you use the bathroom, before you eat and after shaking hands with people not in your family.
Did you know that when you use furniture polish/ cleaner- it is so toxic that even a week after you sprayed that piece of furniture has a half life of the toxins still on it? These toxins are being released into the air in your house, on your hands when you touch that furniture and in your bloodstream. Here are my healthy alternatives:
Homemade Furniture Polish:
1 part vinegar
3 parts olive oil
Mix with a fork, place in an empty liquid soap container and shake well before using.
For a lemon cleanser and aroma:
1 tsp. Olive Oil
½ cup Lemon Juice
Mix well and use a moistened rag to apply.
How simple is that?
Fantastic Natural Scrubber:
1 2/3 Baking Soda
½ cup Liquid Natural Soap
Dilute with ½ cup of water and 2 Tbls. of Vinegar.
You can keep this in a small plastic container and just add a bit of water if it is too thick.
I also use straight baking soda and hot water to get rid of stains, clean the stove. Baking Soda has so many uses. If the stains are tough let is sit for 10 minutes and then add lemon juice to the stain.
1 part water
1 part vinegar
Put in Spray bottle.
This is so simple and works well. I keep a Spray bottle with this solution on hand at all times. It is great for spills, cleaning up after the kids, the pets and other uses. I clean my counters with this solution. This is a safe alternative to all the chemicals on the market.
Make a paste of baking soda and water. Scrub with an old toothbrush, then rinse.
Toilet Bowl Cleanser:
1 cup Borax
¼ cup White Vinegar
Mix together and apply. Let this set for a few hours and then brush and flush.
For Removing Grease:
2 tbls White Vinegar
½ Tsp. Baking Soda
¼ Tsp. Liquid Soap
2 Cups Hot Water
Mix this all and place in a spray bottle.
You can use this solution to clean the oven too. Just let it sit for a few hours.
These are some small but great ways to help you live a greener and healthier life!
Be healthy going Green! It all starts with the small steps, one action at a time.