Wellness Blog: A D.I.Y Guide to Safe, All Natural Cleaning Products.

Who doesn’t love a freshly cleaned home, but did you know that the toxic chemicals many of us use to clean our homes may be doing more harm than good? Not only can many of these chemicals be corrosive, but they can leave behind toxic chemicals that can harm you, your family, and your pets! Additionally, if you or anyone in your home has asthma, allergies, or other respiratory conditions the cleaning chemicals may aggravate symptoms and cause an otherwise avoidable reaction.

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Making your own household cleaners can be a safe and cost-effective way to clean your home while avoiding the potential negative health effects of toxic cleaners. The good news is you probably already have many of the ingredients on hand! Some of the most common ingredients are listed below:

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·         Baking Soda – can clean, deodorize, brighten, and cut through grease.

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·         Castile Soap – can cut through grease and grime and can also be used as a body wash (in addition to over 100 other uses).

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·         Vinegar – its acidity makes it an effective cleaner than can eliminate grease, soap scum and grime.

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·         Olive Oil – can be used to clean and polish.

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·         Essential Oils – in addition to smelling wonderful, essential oils can be added to homemade cleaners to enhance effectiveness and improve the smell.

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·         Lemon Juice – eliminates mold and mildew, cuts through grease, and shines hard surfaces.

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·         Salt – can be used to scour surfaces such as faucets, toilets, showers, sinks and other areas where minerals can build up.

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Here are a few cleaning concoctions to get you started:

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All-Purpose Cleaner

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·         Reusable spray bottle

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·         1 Tbsp castile soap

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·         3 cups water

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·         1 cup of distilled white vinegar

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·         Optional – Add a few drops of your favorite citrus essential oil to enhance the smell

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In a reusable spray bottle, mix the castile soap with the water first, and then add the vinegar (adding the soap to a water-vinegar mixture can cause curdling).

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Grease Cutter

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·         1 cup of lemon juice

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·         1 cup of water

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Scouring Powder & Paste

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·         Baking Soda

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·         Castile Soap

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·         Sea Salt (for a more abrasive powder)

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Baking soda alone can be an effective scouring powder for ovens, stovetops, bathtubs, sinks and toilets. For tougher messes, add some sea salt to the baking powder. To make a scouring paste that is easier to wash away than a powder, mix baking soda with a few drops of castile soap until you reach a smooth, paste-like consistency.

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