Last week we talked about Toxins in Cleaning Products and how harmful some of the conventional ones can be to our health. This can especially be the case (but is not exclusive) if we are already prone to allergies or asthma. This week, I wanted to show you some easy cleaning product swaps you can make. Making your own cleaning products is actually not that difficult. It is a lot better for our environment and does the cleaning job just as good. So, let’s dive in.
Easy Cleaning Product Swaps
The good news is that you likely already have most of the ingredients for cleaning products in your own home. Many use baking soda or vinegar as a base and have a fresh smell due to the essential oils that are added. A word of warning: You should try any cleaning product on a small space that is not visible first before applying liberally. Also, please be careful when mixing your own products. Mainly though, baking soda, essential oils, and vinegar are your best friends when it comes to cleaning your home.
One part vinegar mixed with one part water and ca. 40 drops of essential lemon oil (you could also add rosemary essential oil) makes really good all-purpose cleaner.
A really easy glass cleaner is a mixture of rubbing alcohol (ca. 1/2 cup), mixed with 1/3 cup vinegar, and then filled up with water (use a 500 ml. bottle). You can also add some essential oils for a fresh smell (but this is totally optional). If you do not want to mix your own glass cleaner… here is another trick for you: Cut a non-boiled potato in half and rub it all over your mirrors. Then simply use water and a dry towel in order to get clean, streak-free mirrors (sounds odd but I used to clean our mirrors like that all the time!).
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Baking Soda is usually your best bet for toilet bowl cleaning. In a glass bowl, combine 2 cups baking soda with 1/2 cup citric acid powder. You can add any essential oil that has disinfectant properties, such as lavender or tea tree oil. Be sure that you use a glass bowl and wooden in order to ensure that the essential oils do not erode any metal (or similar). Once done, fill it into a glass jar and store. Sprinkle a generous amount into the toilet and some vinegar on top in order to let the two “react” and create some cleaning action. Put the lid back on and let it sit for a while before scrubbing away the last of the dirt.
Laundry Detergent for Odor and Sweat
Sincerely, I have been using baking soda for years with every washing that I do. It is easy, safe, and super environmentally friendly. I have also not found any other product (“conventional” or non-conventional) that is as good at taking our odor and sweat as baking soda. Simply add about 1/2 cup to every washing and you are golden ✨.
A Short Word on Spray Bottles
Just a quick one to say that essential oils are big-time eroding plastic and so if you are making your own cleaners, do swap over to glass.
And that is it for this week. There are, of course, so many more recipes you could make but I thought these three would start you off nicely when dipping your toes into the cleaning world 🥰 . I hope you enjoyed these easy cleaning product swaps. Let me know how you get on and how you are finding the products when cleaning 🙌🏻!! Beautiful cover photo by Daiga Ellaby on Unsplash.