You eat organic so why shouldn’t your home be organic? Did you know household cleaning products are loaded with harmful chemicals that can do more hurt than good? Some have even been linked to asthma, allergic reactions and cancer.
“Companies are still hiding information from us, and we have a right to know what we are buying,” says Rebecca Sutton, PhD, a senior scientist who compiled data for a report by the Environmental Working Group.
If you’re ready to, literally, clean up your housekeeping routine, here are some helpful homemade cleaner recipes.
White vinegar can do more than just spice up a salad. Its natural antibacterial properties make it an ideal ingredient in DIY cleaners.
- 9 parts water
- 1 part white vinegar
Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake. Use this on counter tops, tables, walls, windows, bathroom areas and more. For stubborn stains, apply straight vinegar directly to the area and follow immediately with hydrogen peroxide to wipe out the rest of the dirt and germs.
Borax is the all-natural laundry cleaner with a hidden secret: it can make your oven shine like new.
- 2 cups hot water
- 1 tablespoon natural dish liquid
- 1 teaspoon Borax
Scrub your oven as much as you can with an oven-safe cleaning brush. Mix all ingredients together in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray onto the oven’s inside surfaces. Let sit for 20 minutes and wipe away.
Lemon Oil Duster
Lemon is not only used for its fresh fragrance, but also for its antifungal properties.
- 10 drops pure lemon oil
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- a few drops of olive oil
Mix all ingredients together in a bottle and shake well. Apply mixture to an old rag or shirt and apply directly onto desired dusty furniture. The lemon scent will also help keep spider mites away.
Your clothes are the closest thing to you. Keep them safe and clean with this homemade all-natural detergent that won’t cause reactions or rashes.
- 1/2 cup soap flakes or grated plain all natural bar soap
- 1/2 cup borax
- 1/2 cup baking soda
Combine all ingredients in an airtight jar and shake well. Use 1/2 to 1 tablespoon per load.