A Cleaner Home The Natural Way
My idea of a truly, naturally clean house is one that not only looks clean, but that also smells clean. Since bad odor is caused by germs and bacteria, I think it’s imperative to clean with a disinfecting cleaning agent. However, for me, that’s just not enough. I always finish it off with an air freshener. That’s right! I don’t consider air fresheners a luxury. In my humble opinion, I consider them a necessity as a part of an overall cleaning regimen. I also love the fact that air fresheners (the good ones, anyway) help set a calming ambiance and positively influence my mood throughout the day. Who doesn’t find the scent of cinnamon or lavender comforting, or the scent of oranges or apples uplifting? Even the scent of pine or roses can truly bring nature into your home. However, no matter what scent you choose for your home fragrance, you just can’t spray a room with it in order to conceal bad odors. It’s like putting a band-aid on a broken arm! You’ll have to thoroughly clean and sanitize your house first. Again, the absence of odor is an indication of a clean house; but a really clean house is one that smells good!
The problem I have with most store-bought cleaners and air fresheners is that – in many cases – they bring more harm than good to our health. Chances are you have experienced using a cleaning agent to clean something and could hardly finish the job without suffocating due to the fumes emitted by the cleaner! Right?
Air fresheners are no different, with all the harmful chemicals they release into the air that go straight into our system as we breathe in. The wrong choice of air freshener will leave you with a terrible headache and/or cause nausea – and those are just the obvious effects that we can feel! Only God knows the total extent of what these chemicals really do to us.
A Better Way
Of course, there are a few “eco-friendly” cleaners and air fresheners out there that I have used and can recommend. However, I’d like to take this opportunity to present an even safer (and cheaper) alternative for having a naturally clean home – all natural cleaners and air fresheners you can easily make yourself using common items from your kitchen. I hope you find the following list informative, useful and cost-effective on your journey to a truly safer, more comfortable and naturally clean home.
Homemade All Natural Disinfecting Cleaner
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup water
- Mix together in a spray bottle.
White vinegar dissolves dirt, soap scum, and hard water deposits from smooth surfaces, but gentle enough to use in cleaning most wood surfaces. It is a natural deodorizer, absorbing odor instead of merely masking it. If you are concerned that it might leave your kitchen or bathroom smelling sour, worry not, since the scent of vinegar immediately disappears as soon as it dries up. Because it contains no coloring agents, white vinegar won’t stain your bathroom walls or the tiled surfaces in your kitchen, either.
By the way, slightly heating the vinegar-water solution in the microwave or stove top will pump up its cleaning power against the more stubborn dirt, soap scum and hard water deposits. Generously spray the surface with the warmed solution, let stand for 10 to 15 minutes, then scrub and rinse. Nice!
*Undiluted white vinegar
For tougher cleaning problems such as the stubborn stains along the inside of the toilet bowl, you may skip the water altogether and use the white vinegar undiluted.
Homemade All Natural All-Purpose Cleaner
- 2-3 cups white vinegar
- orange peels from 2-3 oranges
- a jar with a lid
- spray bottle
- mesh strainer
Boil the vinegar, then pour it over the orange peels that were packed into the jar with lid. Let sit for a week, or for a more powerful cleaner, several weeks. Strain the infused vinegar well using a mesh strainer. Pour approximately 1 1/2 cups of the vinegar into an empty, clean spray bottle then fill up the bottle with clean water. Use cleaner just as you would any other all-purpose cleaner.
Homemade All Natural Glass Cleaner
- 1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
Mix together in a spray bottle.
Isopropyl rubbing alcohol provides an excellent base for an evaporating glass cleaning solution. Use this for windows, mirrors, chrome fixtures and ceramic tiles.
Homemade All Natural Furniture Polish
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup lemon juice (fresh or bottled, no pulp)
Mix together in a spray bottle.
Shake well before use and apply a small amount of the solution to a flannel cleaning cloth. Spread evenly over furniture surface. Then polish dry using the other side of the flannel cloth, or a separate dry cloth.
Homemade All Natural Air Freshener
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 12-15 drops of pure essential oil of your choice (cinnamon, vanilla, grapefruit, orange, lemon, lavender, etc)
Mix together in a spray bottle. You can double this recipe for a bigger bottle.
For a stronger solution, use a higher ratio of vinegar to water and increase the amount of essential oils (approximately 20 drops). This works perfectly for quickly freshening up your home before guests arrive, whereas the less concentrated solution would be perfect for spraying directly onto fabric such as curtains, couches, throw pillows, etc.
Lavender Pillow and Linen Spray
- 2 tablespoons witch hazel or vodka
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 6 tablespoons water
- a jar with a lid
- a small funnel
- a 4 oz. spray bottle
In the jar, combine the witch hazel or vodka and the lavender essential oil. Place the lid on tightly and shake well for 15-20 seconds to combine the two. Add in the water. Put the lid back on and shake it again for 15-20 seconds.
Using the funnel, pour the mixture from the jar and into the spray bottle. Tightly screw back on the spray bottle cap.
Spray on your pillows, sheets, and blankets.
Cleaning It Up
So no matter what your budget is for cleaning, you will have a naturally clean home – that smells fragrant too – with these very healthy and affordable alternatives. What better way to start a genuinely healthy lifestyle than making sure that our very own home is safe and clean? And who better to initiate this healthy change than us, moms and homemakers! After all, home is where it should be safe to breathe“.
What about you? Do you know any other recipes for homemade natural cleaners? Would you please share it with me?
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