Cleaning… NATURALLY

If you’re like me, you don’t really like to clean.


However, we all know that cleaning is a fact of life and it has to get done. If I had to choose my favorite chore, I would choose cleaning the kitchen. Then next would be sweeping & vacuuming. My least favorite chores are the cleaning the bathrooms, mopping and I think the worst is laundry!! I would rather clean the kitchen for 3 hours than fold laundry for 3 hours, haha!


Besides the fact that cleaning is just something that has to get done there are reports that suggests that many cleaning supplies are toxic. So how do we take steps to clean our home with non-toxic cleaners???

There are natural non-toxic alternatives you can buy now but you can also make your own too!

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I have been making our own laundry detergent for just over a year now. I also have been filling up a spray bottle with a few tablespoons of Dr. Bronner’s soap & the rest water for a multi-purpose cleaner but haven’t really adventured into making more of my own cleaning supplies.



I have found some homemade natural recipes I am going to try out soon and hope they will help you as well!


Furniture Polish
-3 cups Olive oil
-or Linseed oil
-1 cup Vinegar
Mix together. Use a clean, soft cloth to apply. For a fresh smell try adding a citrus essential oil!


Toilet Bowl Cleaner
-Baking soda
-Vinegar
Sprinkle baking soda into the toilet bowl, then add vinegar and scrub with you toilet brush. Add Lavender essential oil for a freshening smell!


All Purpose Cleaner (makes 32 ounces)
-1 cup clear apple cider vinegar (Or other vinegar)
-1 tablespoon of Castile soap
-10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil (scent)
-Fill with water
Spray and wipe clean!


For essential oils, try Lavender a natural antibacterial or even Lemon, Eucalyptus or Grapefruit! Eucalyptus oil can help to remove sticky substances, and is useful for spot cleaning. Tea Tree oil is another antibacterial that can be used for cleaning as well as personal care!


Look for other natural cleaners in your local health food store or even at places like Target & Walmart!

Do you use natural cleaners & do you make your own?


It’s Healthy 2day Wednesdays 17th Link Up! So glad you’re here! Thank you for stopping by! Hope you’ll take a second to read some of the other entries! I hope we will all learn something to help make our families healthier! Check out last week’s link up for a lot of great tips and pictures of my new niece.

Each week, I am going to choose 3 posts that really stuck out to me, something that I thought would be encouraging to everyone. (if you would like to nominate someone, please email me)


My top 3 entries from last week:
Prioritizing Money spent on Healthy Food
9 Healthy Tips on Eating & Exercise 
Savory Paleo Zucchini Muffins

Rules for this Link up:

  • Share an idea, tip, recipe, things to avoid, something new to try, alternative medicine, going “green” tips, etc. that will help us to remain or become more healthy!
  • If this is your first time participating read & get button here
  • Comment on someone who linked up
  • Add button or link back to that days link up
  • Spread the word so we can learn more ideas on keep our families healthy! If you’re not participating today, I hope you’ll come back & join in!
  • Ideas: homebirths, natural remedies, an interesting article, something eco-friendly, a review your doing, natural cleaner, alternative medicine, How to’s, the list goes on & on!










*Linked to: Women Living Well, Homemaking Linkup, Traditional Tuesdays, Titus 2sdays, Works for MeSimple Lives Thursday

About Rachel

Rachel is a mother to four children and a wife to a wellness doctor. Her passions are faith, family, and health. You can find her writing about her family adventures and inspiring you to make healthier choices for your family.

Comments

  1. I posted about freezing zucchini and included recipes on what to do with it later.

  2. Thanks so much for hosting! Love your post, I use a lot of the same green cleaners too 🙂 This week I shared Holistic Tips to Keep Your Family Healthy (during the Cold & Flu season and year-round). Thanks again!

  3. Wow–thanks for all these great cleaning recipes! I linked up a recipe for crockpot applesauce. It’s SO easy–I’m almost embarrassed to post it because I must be the only person who never made it until this weekend….something yummy to make during apple season! Thanks for the link-up!

  4. Thanks for hosting. I posted on a different way to think about fermented veggies.

  5. I have been making my own cleaners for a couple years now. They smell so much better and clean better too! Now when I clean my house I have a clean fresh scent that lingers instead of chemically fumes everywhere.

  6. Rachel – As always, thanks for hosting! Natural cleaners are the way to go. We make our own laundry soap and love tea tree oil for it’s fragrance and germ killing properties. A little added to a load of towels or my husband’s work clothes and they come out smelling fresh.

    Sharing our latest muffin: Peanut Butter & Jam! Low sugar, real food ingredients, and kid (and mom) friendly. 🙂 Blessings, ~Lisa

  7. Thank you for hosting. 🙂 These cleaners are great! In the All Purpose cleaner, I use alcohol instead of bleach (I learned that from Wardeh at GNOWFGLINS).
    Well, we quit the sugar detox…..but it was a happy ending.
    Sometimes it just feels good to say “I QUIT!”
    http://www.stacymakescents.com/the-sugar-detox-challenge-we-quit

  8. Thank you for hosting! 🙂 I shared a post about barley water which has TONS of health benefits, but especially for UTIs.

    Thanks!
    ~ Kathy

  9. Rachel,
    I posted on something not really health-related. It is how to save your strength, however. I just ordered essential oils and will be posting soon on some of the things I make to clean. I do like to clean, but as I get closer to 60, I am definitely more tired. thanks for hosting 🙂

  10. I linked a facial cleanser that has only one ingredient, and for my household cleaning I mostly use single ingredients (vinegar, baking soda, peroxide, rubbing alcohol) because it’s just easier! But sometimes it is necessary to dilute stuff, and this wonder cleaner has two ingredients.

  11. Food – a fact of life 2009. Cleaning. Cleaning the kitchen is important to keep food safe. and prevent bacteria from spreading.

  12. I keep a bottle of vinegar water under the sink and use it for most everyday cleaning. I’ve made my laundry detergent just once and it’s finally running low, so I have it on my list to make more, plus I found a recipe for dishwashing detergent and fabric softener to try out.

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  14. Hi! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a group of volunteers and starting
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    Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You have done a wonderful job!

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