After I first began transitioning to a more holistic lifestyle, one of my first considerations was household cleaners. Consider both the threat of inhalation/constant exposure and the contamination of your food when using a recently “cleaned” surface. Most traditional cleaners are laden with toxic chemicals that can lead to/trigger asthma and can burn the eyes and skin of children…just to name a few of the side effects.
Fortunately, making your own household cleaner is not only quick and simple, but is incredibly inexpensive and only calls for a short list of ingredients. An all purpose cleaner, that can be used for just about any basic household cleaning necessity, is a great start to transitioning to a cleaner and greener method of cleaning.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- Baking Soda
- Microfiber Clothes
- Lemon or essential oil
Add 1 cup water and 1 tablespoons of baking soda to a standard size cleaning bottle. You can buy reusables or save one that you’ve recently finished if you’re just getting started. Fill with 1 cup of vinegar and squeeze in a bit of lemon (or a few drops of essential oil) if the smell bothers you. Use a microfiber cloth (they’re more eco-friendly than paper towels) and this solution on the kitchen table, bathroom surfaces, floors, inside the fridge and the sink, to wipe down cabinets, windows, and furniture. I’m kind of in love with my citrus infused cleaning bottle.
Over time, you will become used to the smell of the vinegar, and may, not so coincidentally, start to become bothered by traditional cleaning products. For years, I associated a fruity, chemical scent and the suds and bubbles reaction of certain products with cleanliness. Unfortunately, these effects generally mean that a manufacturer has chosen less effective, but foamier detergents to make you believe it is a superior product. Don’t let your senses be fooled any longer: nothing compares to an honestly clean, simple, homemade product that disinfects and keeps your home free of toxins.