Here in the greater Cincinnati area, high temperatures in the 60s and low 70s have inspired an increase in outdoor activity, open windows, and good vibes all around.
Also, spring cleaning. Ugh.
According to the Environmental Working Group, several ingredients in every day household cleaners have been linked to asthma, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption, and neurotoxicity. The average household is estimated to contain more than 60 toxic chemicals to which people are exposed on a regular basis. Since I'm all about keeping my family healthy in a natural way, and with as little impact as possible upon this fantastic ball in the sky we all call home, most of the cleaning products I choose to use at home I make myself. Why and how do I do this? Well- I'm glad you asked! Here are a few of my tips for getting your home ready for spring naturally.
Open your windows!
Opening your windows is a great start to freshen the air of your home without the need for potentially toxic phthalate (linked to hormone imbalances and reproductive problems) filled air fresheners that come in disposable containers. SO EASY. You're welcome.
DIY baby! Here are some of the recipes I use:
All Purpose Cleaner- 1 cup water, 2 teaspoons castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner's), and 20 drops organic essential oils of lemongrass, thyme, or tea tree which have been shown to provide effective antibacterial action. Mix and store in a glass spray bottle in a dark place (to prevent oxidation of essential oils).
Laundry Detergent- 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup washing soda, 1 bar grated Fels-Naptha Soap (or, if you're like me and you make your own soap, an ugly bar that didn't turn out like you'd hoped...) Mix well, store in a glass container. I use 1-2 tablespoons per load. It's even HE washer compatible!
Dishwashing Liquid- This recipe makes about 4 cups of liquid dishwashing detergent. 3 Tablespoons liquid castile soap, 3 Cups warm water 1 Cup Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda. Mix completely and store in a glass container. Use 1-2 T per load.
What are some of your favorite recipes for cleaning naturally? Share some in the comments!
Until next time!
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