Yes I know I am always pushing you to change to a more natural way of life but it is important for so many reasons, in today's toxic chemical-ridden atmosphere, to strive for a safer life for you and your family. Just by using simple household ingredients, it is easy to make toxin-free cleansers that achieve the level of cleanliness you want while leaving your house smelling fresh and aromatic!
A “stay well” spray
You will need
- 1/2 cup fresh chopped thyme
- 1/2 cup of fresh chopped rosemary
- 1 quart white vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon high quality lavender essential oil
Place thyme and rosemary in a quart jar. Cover with white vinegar. Let set for 24 to 48 hours. Strain before adding the essential oil. Shake well and pour into spray bottle or bottles. Any left over liquid can be stored in a dark cupboard away from any light where it will last (for several months) until you need to top up again.. Forget those commercial anit-bacterial cleaners and sprays and instead use you natural "stay well" spray for for general cleaning, in a sick room, on pillows, beds, door knobs, faucets and toilet handles and anywhere you can think of that could benefit.
A homemade natural “air freshener” spray
One of the worst culprits for artificial fragrances are those commercial “air fresheners” that literally get up your nose. Here is how to make your own. You will need
- A clean, empty spray bottle
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 2 cups distilled water
- 10 drops essential oil (a single scent or a mixture to suit your own sense of smell!).
Measure the baking soda into a bowl and add the essential oil on top. Using a fork, mix the oil into the baking soda. This will help keep the oil suspended in the water. Put the baking soda/oil mixture into the spray bottle (using a funnel makes it easier) and top off with the distilled water. Label your bottle, shake before use and use with confidence knowing you will breathe happily and safely.
A natural “toilet cleaner”
One of the most toxic of all home cleaners is the regular chemical toilet cleaner so here is a much nicer way to carry out the least favorite of household chores. You will need
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup liquid CASTILE soap
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon tea tree essential oil
- 1 teaspoon lavender essential oil
Mix all ingredients in a large glass measuring vessel – except for the white vinegar which should be added lastly and carefully (because it will fizz up). Pour into your spray bottle and use when needed - into the toilet bowl, onto the rim and of course the toilet seat itself. Because this recipe is so quick and easy, you can make fresh stock when you are running low.
Home made “hand sanitizer”
Hand sanitizers have been in daily use for several years now but they are not environmentally friendly and they really don’t do your health any favors either because of the ingredients they can contain – namely the toxic 3 x Ts = triclosan, triclorcarbon and/or toluene.
Our easiest suggestion is an “all natural bath tub cleaner”
You will need
- Half a grapefruit, half a lemon or other citrus fruit
- A handful of salt
Sprinkle the fleshy part of your half citrus fruit generously with salt before using to scrub down the bath tub. Finish by rinsing the tub with water and if you have a shower unit on your bath, so much the better. Our thanks for help from these sources: http://www.thedabblist.com http://www.diyhomeworld.com http://www.hannakroeger.com