I think the time has come for me to start talking about the way my home functions. I’ve been going on for a long time, slowly developing how I clean without chemicals and figuring out what works and what doesn’t. At this point, I think I like each component and I don’t long for something that ‘works better’ or wish for something conventional. I’m satisfied with the functionality and am ready to share.
The Greener Cleaner
The components I use in cleaning are as follows.
- white vinegar
- baking soda
- hydrogen peroxide
- essential oils
- washing soda
- fels naptha
- Dr. Bronners
- Seventh Generation dish soap
- Surface disinfectant
- hydrogen peroxide (half a cup)
- water (fill the rest of the spray bottle up)
- pepperment oil (few drops)
This surface cleaner I use for everything from mirrors and windows to floors and countertops. It kills germs, makes things shine and smells great! In combination with a similar vinegar spray, it kills more germs than bleach. In combination with a sprinkle of baking soda it can work on soap scum or mold.
2. Vinegar Basic
Simple as that! This can be used on floors, on surfaces, on glass, and even dishes.Like I mentioned above, the combination of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide kills more dangerous germs than bleach without the danger to YOU.
3. Dr. Bronners Shine
- Dr. Bronners (peppermint) 1/2 cup
- water (enough to fill the spray bottle)
I use this for shining up things like my range or appliances. It smells good, it shines well and it has the grease cutting of soap for fingerprints and cooking residue.
4. Laundry Detergent
- 1 cup Borax
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1/3 bar fels naptha (grated)
Boil 1/2 gallon water and dissolve grated soap. Then remove from heat and add borax and washing soda until they dissolve. Add 1 1/2 gallon water. Let it cool and use 1/4 cup in each load.
5. Borax carpet defunker
Sprinkle heavily over carpet and brush in with broom. Let it sit for at least an hour and then vacuum.
6. Counter, sink, bathtub, toilet bowl, floor scrub.
- Baking soda
In combination with vinegar or hydrogen peroxide it can pull up most stains, and with water it can deep clean a kitchen or bathroom sink, and works wonders on the countertops.
I don’t think the dangers of bleach and ammonia are not a big secret. I’m pretty sure we all know something about how they’re damaging to our respiratory system, neurological system, skin, and mixed with other cleaners can actually be fatal. I have to say that those are definitely the big reasons I use natural cleaners but there are other hidden dangers that I am also concerned about like fragrances, dyes, and fillers. The fact of the matter is, when you buy a conventional cleaner, you’re buying a promise. A promise of clean, a promise of fresh and no whisper of danger but those promises can be met without danger using things you might already have in your house.
The key here is to make them accessible for yourself. Actually make each cleaner and put them in spray bottles, make sure they’re in your bathroom, kitchen or laundry room. That way you’ll make the switch effortlessly.
Question: What sort of cleaners do you use? Is it hard for you to think of clean without the scents of conventional sprays?