Natural Ways to Clean Your House
There is always a natural way to do things including cleaning your home. Here are a few of our favorite recipes for a naturally clean home from the book, The Naturally Clean Home by Karyn Siegel-Maier.
Lemon Blast Cleaner
This is great for refrigerators and stove stops
1 teaspoon of liquid Castile soap
1/8 cup of white vinegar
1/4 cup of lemon juice
2 cups of water
6 drops citrus seed extract
4 drops lemon, lime, orange, or eucalyptus essential oils
1 teaspoon borax
Combine all ingredients in a plastic spray bottle. Shake well before each use. Spray generously on appliance surface and wipe with a damp cloth or sponge. Wipe dry with a cloth or towel.
Pine Fresh Floor Cleaner
1 gallon of hot water
2 tablespoons liquid castile soap
10 drops pine essential oils
5 drops cypress essential oils
Combine all ingredients in a large bucket. Dip a mop into the bucket and squeeze out excess liquid. Clean the floor by working in sections, using short strokes and dipping the mop as needed. Rinsing is not necessary.
Tub & Tile Scrub Scrubber
1 cup baking soda
1/4 cup liquid castile soap
2 vitamin C tablets, crushed
3-5 drops eucalyptus or tea tree essential oils water
Combine baking soda, castile soap, vitamin C, and essential oil in a plastic bottle. Add just enough water to make a smooth liquid paste. Shake or stir to mix. Apply paste to surface and rub with a damp cloth or sponge until area is clean. Rinse several times with water.
No-Scrub Toilet Bowl Cleaner
1 cup borox
1 cup vinegar
10 drops pine or lavender essential oil
5 drops lemon or lime essential oils
Combine all ingredients in a plastic bowl or bottle and pour all at once into the toilet bowl. Allow to sit overnight. In the morning, just flush!