As an apartment homesteader the goal is to learn to be self-reliant in as many aspects of your life as you can. As a person trying to detoxify their life I want simple solutions. I want to surround my self with natural products and eliminate as many toxic products as I can. I kill two birds with one stone by making my own home cleaning products. We also save a few dollars on both product cost AND healthcare cost as time goes on. Here are some simple, easy to use recipes for every day cleaning.
All Purpose Cleaner and Disinfectant:
Vinegar and water 1:1 solution with 15 drops Lemon EO and 15 drops doTERRA’s On Guard oil blend. Shake well and use to clean hard surfaces.
This simple cleaner is great for hard surfaces. Vinegar has acetic acid which kills bacteria, viruses, mold, fungi and other pathogens. It helps remove build up in tubs, toilets, and sinks. Lemon is a wonderful de-greaser and helps to lift stains. On Guard is a powerful essential oil blend that safely and effectively kills germs, viruses, bacteria, pathogens, fungi and mold. It is non toxic, bio-degradable and a great way to kill odors.
This blend is perfect to clean hard surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, or any other room leaving behind a clean and invigorating scent.
Take orange peels (or lemon or lime) soaked in vinegar. Just fill a mason jar half way with vinegar and add the citrus peels from the fruit as you eat it. Be sure the peels are always underneath the vinegar to prevent molding. After the jar is full cap it, shake well, and let it infuse for about two weeks, shaking when you remember.
Fill a squirt bottle halfway with your orange-vinegar mixture and then top it off with water in a 1:1 ratio.
Spray, wipe, and enjoy the awesome smell and cleaning ability of citrus.
I love this spray on my tile and wood floors. I have had a streak free clean every time.
I have tried many different ways to naturally clean glass. These are my two favorites:
Water and Lemon Juice: 1:1 ratio. Mix in bottle, spray and wipe.
I am so impressed with this simple solution, There were no streaks on the bathroom mirror so I decided to try it on the creative coloring my daughter did on our glass porch door and it got the crayon right off! The stubborn tape is still there but this removed the crayon!
Water and about 3 drops of Dr. Bonners soap. Add to bottle, spray and rub away.This worked the second best. I had to put a little extra elbow grease into it but it left almost no streaks and leaves a nice clear look to the glass. This did not work on the crayon. Bethany, writer of modernmamalogues said she uses this combination on her bamboo floors and it works wonderfully.
I also tried water with vinegar and water with vodka. Both were highly disappointing, streaky and just looked bad.
Wood and Tile Floors:
1 cup to 1 gallon ratio of vinegar and hot water with 5 drops of peppermint, lemon, or On Guard EO. This leaves the floors clean and streak free with a refreshing clean smell. Lemon removes stubborn gunk from floors and is great for wood. Peppermint leaves an invigorating tingle to the smell of your house, and On Guard has super dis-infecting powers that are unsurpassed!
Hot water with a few drops of natural dish soap. I prefer Dr. Bonners
You can also try our Easy Homemade Floor Cleaner
Carpet Cleaning/Stain Removal:
Between having an almost two year old who enjoys dumping drinks on the floor, a dog, an active husband, and a new born who keeps me from being able to clean up as soon as something spills I was excited to run these tests.
A 1:1 ratio of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide worked so well that that section of my carpet is a lot lighter and cleaner than the rest of my carpet! It is time to shampoo the carpets. It also worked well on blueberry stains on my daughters shirt. Make a paste from the baking soda and peroxide and spread it on the stain. Scrub well, let dry and vacuum once it is dry.
Baking soda and vinegar was the best solution for carpet stains that I found. Not quite sure what this stain was but I think it might be bike grease from hubbie’s bike that comes through the apartment to the outside storage room. Shake baking soda on the floor and spray well with vinegar, scrub it, let it dry and vacuum.
Baking soda and salt in a 2:1 ratio. You can add Melaleuca, On Guard or Lemon essential oils to the mix (10 drops) for fungus and mold fighting power. Sprinkle around tub, toilet bowl or sink, scrub and rinse.
You can also try this Easy Non Toxic Bathtub Scrub Recipe
I am hesitant to post this because there has been some information going around that borox may not be the most healthy laundry alternative. Here is my take on this: It may not be the healthiest, but it is far more healthy than almost all detergents you will find in the laundry aisle of your grocery store. It is even safer than the “natural” laundry detergent I have been using SO if you use borox in laundry soap, do not go sniffing it, and rinse your clothes well, you should not have a problem.
If you have a good laundry detergent that does not use borox please share it! Thanks.
1 bar ivory soap
½ cup Borax
½ cup Washing Soda
– Grate soap and place in air tight container. Add borax and washing soda, shake well.
– Before use, give either a quick shake or stir.
– Use 1 tablespoon for cloth diapers, and 2 – 3 tablespoons for other loads.
So there you have it! Some natural, quick, easy and effective cleaning solutions for your homestead no matter how large or small.
What are some of your favorite natural cleaning tips?
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The Orange Peel and Laundry Recipe are from previous articles written by Caitilin Lane. Her blog is All About Growing up and Becoming a Famous Author.
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