9 Natural Cleaning Tips

natural cleaning productsStart making your natural cleaning products today. Our suggestions for natural chemical free cleaning products will have you convinced that it is much safer for you and the environment to start making your own homemade natural cleaning products!

These products can be made quite quickly and certainly less cost effective then the store bought brands.

It’s as simple as adding water and vinegar to a spray bottle, add a few drops of essential oils and there you have it, you have just created yourself a product, free from chemicals, that can be used on appliances and glass all over your home.

Because most natural cleaning products are multipurpose cleaners to begin with, this means you use up less space when storing them as your supplies are all in a couple of bottles.

You must consider that when using the store brands, you are spraying the petroleum based toxic cleaners into the air releasing air born chemical particles into your lungs. So therefore the non-toxic cleaners give you a feeling of gratification in knowing that your families health is protected, and so is your home. People say that living in a less toxic home improves their sleep, makes babies less fussy, and boosts their sense of well being.

When we are exposed to chemicals in cleaning products we are increasing our risk of developing allergies, contributing to the development of cancer, and reducing our immunities. With all the information today, it’s no wonder people are choosing to go green when picking cleaning products out, in their search to a healthier lifestyle.

When shopping for natural cleaning products its best to shop on line for the largest variety, or locally at your nearest health food store. As you search for these products be extra careful to read the labels. There are  some companies claiming  they are all natural, when in fact this might not be entirely true.

I will give you a list below of some popular essential oils and herbs and their uses:

1). Essential Oils

  • Citronella oil, tea tree oil, wintergreen oil, citrus oil are all common oils to use.
  • Ylang-Ylang essential oil works well as a natural antidepressant.
  • Mandarin essential oil works well as it is known to have an uplifting effect on your mood.
  • Lavender essential oil has a calming effect, and also helps to improve the bodies immune system.
  • Frankincense essential oil is used to purify the home and also has a calming effect.
  • Patchouli essential oil has a strong antiseptic and anti fungal property.

2).Herbs:

  • Oregano acts as an antiviral and antibiotic
  • Sage acts as an antibacterial
  • Mint acts as an antibacterial
  • Thyme acts as an antibacterial and anti fungal
  • Rosemary acts as an antiviral
  • Basil acts as an anti fungal
  • Lemon Balm acts as an anti fungus

All these essential oils are excellent to use in creating your own natural cleaning products.

3). Things you should know about vinegar:

If using vinegar straight up it can effectively remove 80% of mold from surfaces. It also works excellent on cutting boards, just spray on overnight, don’t rinse off and continue use in the morning. If it is improperly diluted, vinegar is acidic, and can literally cut away at tile grout.

Never use on marble surfaces, it can bring harm to it’s surfaces by causing severe damage. When mixed together in equal parts vinegar, and equal parts water, it can be used as a natural cleaning product anywhere in your home. Vinegar works well as a disinfectant and deodorizer in your house as well. All in all it’s a very inexpensive way to clean your “space” and to ensure your family the safest alternative to store bought cleaners laced with toxins.

4). Things you should know about lemon juice:

Lemon juice makes a great natural substance to use while creating your own natural cleaning products. It can be used to dissolve soap scum and hard water deposits. Lemon juice is wonderful for cleaning and shining copper and brass. Fresh lemons are handy for cleaning as well. Simply cut a lemon and sprinkle baking soda on the cut section. Use the lemon to scrub kitchen stains, surfaces and even dishes. Try mixing 1 cup of olive oil with ½ cup of lemon juice and you have just made yourself a bottle of furniture polish to use in your home.

5). Things you should know about baking soda:

Baking soda is made from soda ash. It is a wonderful ingredient to have in your home when making your natural cleaning products. Baking soda is a terrific deodorizer. Baking soda can be used to scrub surfaces the same way as commercial abrasive cleansers are used. Place a box of this amazing powder in your fridge or freezer to absorb unwanted odours. Add a cup of baking soda to your laundry to help eliminate odours.

Listed below are a few recipes to get you started :

6). Lemon and Lavender Kitchen Cleaner:

  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 16oz. Of warm water
  • 1 tsp. Of baking soda

Mix water and baking soda together, blend remaining ingredients together and store in spray bottle to use as a kitchen cleaner that is tough on grease stains and kitchen surfaces.

7). Patchouli and Orange Cleaner:

  • 10 drops of patchouli oil
  • 10 drops of orange essential oil
  • 16oz. Warm water

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and use to clean counters, walls, floors and any other surface in your home.

8). Ylang Ylang and Mandarin Air Freshener

  • 10 drops of mandarin essential oil
  • 16oz. Warm water

Put all ingredients in a spray bottle and use as an air freshener around your home.

9). No Scrub Toilet Bowl Cleaner:

  • 1 1/2 cups of borax
  • 10 drops of essential oil of your choice

Combine above ingredients into a plastic bottle, mix well and pour at once in toilet bowl, leave overnight. In the morning flush toilet and to your surprise you will notice unwanted rings and stains will be gone!

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