There is one thing that I have always enjoyed – a fresh and clean home. No matter where I live, I make sure my humble abode is comfortable and clean. Like most people, I used harsh cleaners like Lysol and Ajax to scrub my counters, windows, shower and bathtub. I loved the vibrant smell of a freshly-cleaned living space! I still love the smell of a clean home, but now I have become aware of how toxic and damaging using these products are for my health and for the environment. I found a new, very simple, and non-toxic way to clean! Below is a simple recipe for a toxic-free cleaning solution to be used on counter tops, bathroom sinks, bath tubs, showers, windows, and most unclean surfaces:
Simple and Fresh Toxic-Free Cleaning Solution:
½ to 1 gallon of white distilled vinegar
Peels from your favorite citrus fruit such as oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, tangerines, etc.
Cleaning spray bottles
- Place cut up fruit peels into jars and fill to top
- Fill mason jar with vinegar and seal with lid
- Let sit for two weeks
- Open jar and remove fruit peels
- Dilute cleaning solution using a 1: 1 ratio of water/solution
- For tougher stains, do not dilute solution
- Place solution into spray bottle
- CLEAN AWAY!
I keep a few different solutions in my kitchen and bathrooms. If I want a fresh lemon odor, I use the lemon solution. If I prefer my house to smell like oranges, I use the orange peel solution! You can also combine fruit peels when making your cleaning concoction, like using both grapefruit and orange peels in one mason jar. It is a fun and easy process that will not harm your living space or your health and leaves your home smelling fresh!
Below are a few other home cleaning recipes I found online:
Furniture Polish: Mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in 1 pint of mineral or vegetable oil. Apply a small amount to a clean cotton cloth and wipe wooden parts of furniture.
Rug Deodorizer: Deodorize dry carpets by sprinkling liberally with baking soda. Wait at least 15 minutes and vacuum. Repeat if necessary.
Mothballs: Use cedar chips or a sachet with any or all of the following: lavender flowers, rosemary, mint, white peppercorns.
Whitening Scouring Powder: Combine 1 cup baking soda, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1/8 cup borax, 1/4 cup grated lemon, orange or grapefruit peel and mix well. Scrub using a damp sponge.
Glass Cleaner: Combine 1 1/2 cups vinegar, 1/2 cup water and 8 drops citrus essential oil in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray and wipe with a dry cloth or towel.
Visit The Daily Beast’s Most Toxic Cleaning Products to view a sampling of damaging cleaning products and the detrimental effects they have on your health.
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