How To Clean Your Home Naturally
Have you seen the film Chemerical? The documentary shows in a humorous way how the Goode family decides to live toxin free. At first, they are quite reluctant to start a new, chemical-free life and maybe you would be, too. And maybe you have already detoxed your cosmetics drawer as suggested in this post. However, to enjoy full health, we have to focus also on the products we use to clean our homes every single day. Think dishwasher cleaner, floor cleaner, window cleaner and many more.
When researchers examined the indoor dust, they found 45 toxic chemicals, 10 of which were present in 90% or more of the dust samples – these included flame retardants, fragrances and phenols. Other toxic substances found in almost all of the dust samples included chemicals known as phthalates that are often found in vinyl flooring, food packaging, personal care products and have been linked to developmental problems in babies, hormone disruption, and are also thought to affect the reproductive system.
Knowing all that, it would be truly unwise to continue using conventional cleaning products. The fun part is that you don't even have to go to a grocery store to buy a cleaning product as you probably have all needed ingredients at home.
How to clean your home with baking soda & co
Baking soda, white vinegar, lemon, salt and soap are the only ingredients for a successful spring cleaning. They were used by our grandmothers and there is no reason why modern superwomen shouldn't use them as well. Plus if you have a toddler crawling on the floor all day long. Add some essential oils and your home will smell divine. Toxic phthalates exit! Ready? Here we go!
All Purpose Cleaner
1 tablespoons baking soda
1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice
few drops of lavender, lemon or tea tree essential oil
Cleans everything from toilets, kitchen sinks, bathtubs, to clogged sink drains. Just pour baking soda on the surface to clean, add vinegar or lemon and rub with a sponge.
To clean burnt stains in your cookware, mix one part vinegar with four parts water, and pour the solution into your casserole dish. Boil the water and vinegar solution over low heat for 5 minutes. After letting the dish cool, you will be able to wipe away the burnt food.
To wipe floor, simply use water and two drops of Lavandin essential oil (cross between lavender/ Lavandula angustifolia/ and spike lavender /Lavandula latifolia/, cheaper than Lavender essential oil but with similar antiseptic properties.
To clean and polish copper simply add salt to a halved lemon and scrub the pot surface with the lemon.
Homemade Laundry Detergent
3 litres water
150 grams soap (I use Savon de Marseille)
2 tablespoons baking soda
20 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
Boil water and add soap. Stir to dissolve. Add baking soda. Let cool and add essential oil if used. Pour to clean, labelled container.
Have fun while spring cleaning!