Do you have skin issues, allergies or autoimmunity? You will benefit from taking a good look at what you are using to clean the house and also on your body! Did you know that chronic skin irritation is mostly caused by synthetic fragrances found in household cleaning products?
Most of the cleaning products are filled with toxic chemicals that can lead to skin irritations, dermatitis, allergies, autoimmunity and more. To protect you and your family why not make your own with these simple recipes? Not only it is going to be good for your health it is cheaper than buying products! You may be surprised to know some of the ingredients you might already have at home!
- Bicarbonate of Soda– inexpensive multi-purpose cleaner that assists in eliminating odours, absorbing grease, and scours without being too abrasive.
- White Distilled Vinegar– An anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, disinfecting agent. Can assist in removing mildew. Can be used instead of bleach (but never mix with bleach, as this is highly toxic!).
- Lemon Juice – A mild natural bleaching agent, which works well combined with sunlight. An anti-bacterial agent and beautiful deodoriser.
- Tea Tree Essential Oil– Great anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial agent. A little goes a long way.
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil – Another great anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial agent.
- All purpose cleaner: Add 20 drops tea tree oil to a 1 litre spray bottle of water. This cleaner can be used on most household surfaces. For stubborn stains on kitchen surfaces and tiles, scrub using a little bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice first.
- Floor Cleaner: Add a capful of either tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil to ½ a bucket of hot water.
- Carpet deodoriser: 20 drops eucalyptus oil to 1 cup of bicarbonate of soda. Sprinkle over the carpet and allow to sit for about an hour. Vacuum as normal.
- Toilet cleaner: Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda into the bowl, and drizzle with vinegar. Allow it to foam, then scrub. Add ½ cup lemon juice at the end to freshen the bowl. The toilet seat can be cleaned using vinegar, or tea tree oil.
- Shower cleaner: Sprinkle with bicarbonate of soda, and allow to stand for a while. Use a scourer and some elbow grease to clean. For the grouting, use a toothbrush. I also add a few drops of tea tree oil. Reduce your shower cleaning time by keeping a squeegee handy, and use after each shower. Good ventilation is also a key factor to keeping mold and mildew away.
*Even though all ingredients to make your own cleaning products are natural, ingestion can still be detrimental; therefore it is always advisable to keep out of reach of young children and pets.
I have only shared a few of my natural cleaning recipes with you here. I love essential oils and there are so many that you could add to your cleaning kit, I’ve just touched on a couple. By implementing the use of some of these safe household cleaning recipes, you will go a long way towards promoting wellness in the home, and in our environment, as well as saving you money.
Hope this is useful please comment if you have some of your own natural cleaning or skin care tips and tricks!