In honor of Earth Day, make a commitment to rid your home of chemical-laden cleaning supplies and make the switch to green cleaning
Toxic chemicals are used every day to clean floors, counters, clothes, dishes and strangely, even the air! Yet, many people aren’t aware that the majority of these conventional household cleaners are petroleum-based, which is widely known to pose significant consequences to our health and to the environment.
Before tackling spring cleaning, stop and consider what you use for a cleaning arsenal. Think about the amount of chemical-laden products under your sink, in the laundry room, in the bathrooms, and even in the garage. It’s kind of mind-boggling, isn’t it?
The average homeowner spends an estimated $800/year on dozens of chemically made cleaning products and supplies!
To rid your home of dangerous toxins, make the switch to an all natural, green cleaning routine, one that uses non-toxic and biodegradable ingredients.
Most grocery stores and even online sites now carry a wide variety of alternative cleaning products from brands such as Seventh Generation, Honest Company, or Method. Use these with non-disposable cleaning supplies like rags made from old t-shirts (skip the paper towels!).
Homemade cleaners can be just as thorough though, and their cost effectiveness can also be very appealing. To make things easier, keep these top four household ingredients to keep on hand: white vinegar, baking soda, lemons and/or lemon juice, salt.
1 ½ cups vinegar
1 ½ cups water
5-10 drops essential oil (optional)
Mix vinegar, water, & essential oil together in spray bottle. Spray on glass and wipe clean with a lint-free rag to get a streak-free shine. This also works well to shine chrome and countertops (once they’ve been disinfected).
¾ cup baking soda
¼ cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons salt
3 tablespoons liquid dishwashing soap
½ cup vinegar
10 drops essential oil (optional)
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl to make a paste; using a sponge or scrub brush, apply to tub, shower walls, & sinks. Rinse well with water and then dry with a clean rag.
Springtime House Freshener
small stockpot filled about 2/3 full with water
1 lemon, sliced
a few sprigs of rosemary
1-2 tsp of vanilla
Add all ingredients to the pot of water and simmer for several hours, adding more water as necessary.