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DIY: Toxic Free Cleaning Products for a Healthy Home

When we think of leading healthy lifestyles, most of us have a base view of eating nutritious meals, exercising daily and getting adequate rest.

But despite how well we fuel our bodies or how many reps we do at the gym, many of us are negatively impacting our bodies’ well being by bringing toxic products into our immediate environments.

The sad truth is, the most common and familiar household cleaning brands are bringing hazardous ingredients into our homes with a great cost to our health. The sure way to eliminate the risk to experiencing the negative side effects of exposure from such poisonous, synthetic cleaning products is to refuse to use them.

Even products marked as “natural” or “green” still contain some of the worst offending chemicals, making these so-called “alternative” items threatening to your healthy home haven.

By rejecting these products, you ensure a safe and healthy home environment for you and your families.

Thankfully, there are ample tested and effective natural methods to clean your home that you can make yourself with ease!

Let’s empower ourselves to eliminate household pollutants with ingredients that are likely already in your cupboards!

Read on to learn how to make your own cleaners that are not only toxic free, but also smart for your wallet and the environmentally friendly too.

All Purpose Cleaner

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oils (I enjoy the freshness of peppermint or lemon balm)
  • 1 tsp borax
  • Spray bottle
DIRECTIONS:

1. Add all ingredients to a spray bottle, screw on top and shake well.

2. Apply to whatever surface you are cleaning and wipe!

Disinfectant

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
  • ½ cup high-proof vodka or rubbing alcohol
  • ½ cup white distilled vinegar
  • ¾ cup water
  • 50-60 drops of tea tree or lavender essential oil
  • Spray bottle
DIRECTIONS:

1. Add all ingredients to a spray bottle, screw on top and shake well.

2. Apply to whatever surface you are cleaning and wipe!

Liquid Toilet Cleaner

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ½ cup castile soap
  • 15 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 15 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • Sealable bottle
DIRECTIONS:

1. Whisk all ingredients together in a large bowl.

2. Using a funnel, transfer mixture to a sealable bottle.

3. Pour ¼ cup into your toilet bowl.

4. Use a toilet scrub or sponge to spread throughout bowl, beneath toilet seat and entire inside of bowl.

5. Flush the toilet to rinse.

Air Freshener

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
  • 1 cup water
  • 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oils. Lavender, peppermint, tea tree, lemon and rosemary are all great deodorizing oils to pick from.
  • Sealable spraybottle
DIRECTIONS:

1. Add ingredients to spray bottle, screw on top and mix well.

2. Spray in rooms of your liking and enjoy!

Furniture Polish

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
  • ½ teaspoon oil, such as olive, almond, jojoba, or liquid wax
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice or vinegar
  • Glass jar
DIRECTIONS:

1. Mix ingredients in a glass jar.

2. Dab a soft rag into the mixture and wipe onto wood surfaces.

3. Keep glass jar covered and store.

Mold and Mildew Spray

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil
  • Spray bottle
DIRECTIONS:

1. Mix vinegar and essentials oils in spray bottle.

2. Screw on top and mix well.

3. Spray onto surface you wish to clean.

3. Let solution sit for at least 1 hour.

4. Wipe clean.

5. Allow surface to air dry.

6. Multiple treatments maybe necessary.