One of my first goals when I was 'going green' was to remove toxic cleaners
from our home. After some research I found it was a lot easiest than I thought.
There are basic ingredients that you can use and it need not be expensive.
I thought I would do a series on the subject to help those who are also desiring
to clean without worry of toxins in their homes and around their families.
What do I need?
It is a simple list actually. And easily found in most discount big chain stores for cheap.
Lemons or Lemon Juice
Tea Tree Oil
Other Essential Oils (optional)
Where do I start?
The first place is up to you. But my advice is to look at the ingredients of your
store bought cleaners. See which one is the most offensive to you and replace that
one. For me it was the kitchen all purpose cleaner. You can be super frugal and just
re-use the old container that your previous cleaner was in to mix your new one
in. For me though, I did not like the idea of re-using a container that held those
toxins. I invested a $1 and bought a new plastic spray bottle and recycled my old
container. Sometimes it is like weighing the lesser of two evils when we are
on this journey.
Is there a basic recipe?
There are a ton of basic recipes out there. Too many to mention. Simply Google
the term, homemade cleaner, and the results are staggering. You have to research
to see what recipe appeals to you. For our family I knew I wanted a vinegar based
all purpose cleaner. Vinegar has shown itself to be a powerful cleaner in our home
and something I could rely on for cleaning power. Here is my basic recipe :
1 part vinegar
1 part water
5-10 drops of Tea Tree Oil
Mix together in a spray bottle, label and clean with the knowledge it is safe
for your family & home.
Next time we will discuss how to boost the cleaning power of your vinegar!