The Mr. and I got into a big discussion over organic vs not organic, chemicals, clean living, etc. Reading things like Skinny Bitch, watching videos such as The Toxic Baby and Robyn O’Brien on TEDtalks and thinking about all of the chemicals we’re exposed to nowadays that our grandparents never knew makes me want to go find a cabin in the woods somewhere and become a hermit.
Later on in the conversation, though, I mentioned getting a facial for my birthday and getting a chemical peel, when the Mr. politely piped up and commented on how odd it was I was willing to cover my face in chemicals, but wanted to avoid plastic water bottles for fear of chemicals leaching into the water. Damnit. He had a point. So I’m making moves, now, to replace all of my beauty products (like my fluoride-free organic toothpaste) with organic, or at least natural products, and replace all of my cleaning supplies with natural alternatives. Off to the store we went to buy the necessary ingredients.
I bought white duct tape to cover the markings and logos on my spray bottles (you could easily use the spray bottles for cleaning agents you already have) and labeled them with a sharpie. I created three different cleaning agents: one for dusting, one for all-purpose cleaning and one for windows. See below for the recipes:
I doubled this recipe to fill my entire spray bottle. I suppose the olive oil helps repel dust and condition furniture. Shake before using.
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 Cups water
- 1/4 Cups white vinegar
- A couple drops orange essential oils
I use this as a generic all-purpose, hard-surface cleaner but it can also be used on carpet! First sprinkle corn starch on carpet stains, let sit for 20 minutes. Vacuum it up and then spray with this all-purpose cleaner and blot. I was amazed at the results!
- 1/2 Cups white vinegar
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 2 Liters of water
- Orange essential oil
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups white vinegar
- Orange essential oil
Some of these may take a little time to get used to. They’re not as caustic as the chemical ones so it may take a little extra elbow grease to accomplish the same thing, but spending a little elbow grease is good for the biceps!
Creating your own homemade, natural cleaning supplies is inexpensive, insanely simple, and gives you a peace of mind you can’t buy off of a shelf. Let me know what your favorite going-green cleaning recipes are!