Get Fresh with the ABC’s of Eco-Friendly Cleaning!
We all want our homes, clothes, and cars to be comfortable, cute, and most of all, clean. But, the cleaning aisle at your closest grocery store has 100 different products for one problem, and they all have the chemicals you hear horror stories about on the news. When you want the sparkle and shine of your favorite cleaner (that just so happens to be filled with chemicals), but you can’t take the risk of hurting your family, you find an alternative. That is exactly what happened with me after I had my daughter. I wanted the amazing fragrance of my old cleaner, but I needed to know it was safe for my little one. So, I started doing the research, playing mad scientist by mixing natural ingredients with my favorite scents, and experimenting with different natural and eco-friendly remedies. I was shocked and excited at the same time. I was shocked that so many everyday ingredients could be used for cleaning, AND I was excited that so many everyday ingredients could be used for cleaning. It definitely took a little bit of time to try out all 26 different eco-friendly, effective, and yummy smelling cleaning solutions I’m listing in the next 5 blogs, but it was so worth it, and I love all of these cleaning options. So, here goes.
A- Add distilled white vinegar to your whites and watch it work! The best way to get your clothes “bleached” white is to add a cup of distilled white vinegar with 2-3 drops of Orange essential oils to the pre-soak cycle of the wash. You’ll get super bright whites without having to endure the potent smell of bleach.
B- Bathe the bathtub with baking soda. Scrub your tub with baking soda, vinegar, and a lemon juice to make the mildew disappear. Say no to that dizzy feeling after cleaning the tub with chemicals. Let the baking soda do the work while you keep things safe.
C-Clean up the carpets with cornstarch. The chemical dust better known as carpet cleaner can be traded for a little cornstarch and lavender oils. Put a cup of cornstarch in a resealable container with a few drops of lavender and sprinkle it all over the carpet. Vacuum the odors away with little to no chemical residue.
D-Disinfect the salty way. Cover your cutting board with ⅓ cup of salt, rub the juice of a fresh lemon over the salt-covered board, and rinse with warm water. Make salt more than a part of your cooking recipes; make it a part of your cleaning ones too.
E- Extra virgin olive oil for the win. Eliminate dull wood surfaces by dropping a little olive oil + vinegar + lemon juice on a microfiber cloth to get your shine back. The olive oil is a natural re-conditioner that won’t hurt your wood furnishings or harm your kiddos when they eat their lunch off of the table.
Stay tuned for our next 5 tips…. Have you tried any of these? Comment below and tell us what your results were.