Clean your home naturally

Many common household cleaning products contain harmful chemicals that can weaken your immune system by creating a too-sterile environment.

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Make your own cleaning products

All your natural household cleaners can be made simply and naturally with just a few inexpensive products.

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  • White vinegar inhibits the growth of bacteria by creating an unfriendly, acidic environment. It’s preferred over apple cider vinegar since it won’t stain, is completely non-toxic and is easy to use. Lemon juice is a common alternative to white vinegar.
  • Baking soda acts as a natural abrasive/scouring agent, deodoriser and cleanser and is gentle enough to use on nearly every surface.
  • Olive or jojoba oil will polish furniture and oil wood without harmful additives. They are also less likely to go rancid.
  • Essential oils are a perfect addition to any natural household cleaner, especially those with cleansing and purifying properties. They are also useful when you want to add aroma but avoid harmful “perfumes” that increase your toxic load.
  • How to make your cleaning products

Using the ingredients listed above you can make all of the following natural household cleaners:

  • All-purpose natural household cleaners. In a spray bottle, mix nine parts water and one part white vinegar. You can add a few drops of dish soap as well. Add essential oils if you’d like to minimise the strong smell of the vinegar. Lavender oil can be used as a cleansing, deodorising, and purifying agent.
  • Natural scouring alternative. Simply sprinkle baking soda over the area to be cleaned or onto a rag and begin scrubbing.
  • Natural furniture polish. Mix a quarter cup white vinegar, lemon juice or lemon essential oil with one tablespoon of oil. You can use this in a spray bottle or a small amount on a cotton rag.
  • Natural oil or wax for wood. For wood surfaces that require regular oiling or waxing, switch the ratios to quarter cup oil and one tablespoon white vinegar, lemon juice or lemon essential oil. Allow it to soak in for at least 12 hours before wiping off any excess with a dry cloth.

Information obtained from www.sustainablebabysteps.com

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