Are Your Household Cleaners Toxic? Learn to clean Safer and Smarter
I remember before I used doTERRA I had a cleaner for everything!
All Purpose Cleaner
The list goes on! I must have spent a fortune on all of this!!! Not to mention that there was a 20 year longitudinal study conducted by scientists at the university of bergen in Norway that found using cleaning products from the store can be as harmful as smoking 20 cigarettes a day. How scary is that!
If that wasn’t scary enough! According the the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the air inside a typical home is 200-500 percent more polluted then the air outside mainly due to toxic household cleaning products.
These store bought cleaners that we have become so accustomed to using can call all sorts of health issues such as respiratory distress, skin irritations, or even death.
I have completely simplified my cleaning products in my home and they cost far less now as well. I think the best part to me is I do not even need to lock under my sick to keep them away from my three year old niece. They are completely safe. Let’s face it, if she wants to drink white vinegar, I am not going to stop her lol
So what do I clean with??? Here is the list of what I use
OnGuard Concentrate Cleaner: This product is chock full of cleansing benefits but I want to highlight how cost effective it is!!! You can purchase a 12 fl. ounce cleaner which contains a total of 24 tablespoons. 1 tablespoon is all you need to make a 16 ounce spray bottle of all purpose cleaner, therefore one bottle makes 24, 16 ounce bottles coming out to a grand total of 0.60 cents a bottle……….don’t think you can beat that with toxic cleaners at the store.
White Vinegar: Vinegar’s acidity is what makes it such a good cleaner. It can counteract some icky buildups. It can dissolve away soap scum, brines left by hard water, and glue left behind by stickers.
Baking Soda: Baking Soda acts a cleaning agent because it is a mild alkali and can cause dirt and grease to dissolve easily in water for effective removal. Baking Soda’s deodorization power is a result of its ability to neutralize odors, rather than just covering up odors with perfumes.
Borax: Borax cleans and bleaches by converting some water molecules to hydrogen peroxide. This reaction is more favorable in hotter water. The boron, salt, and/or oxygen of boron inhibit the metabolic processes of many organisms. This characteristic allows borax to disinfect and kill unwanted pests.
Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide has been used as to kill germs since the 1920s because it actually destroys the cell walls of the germs helping to eradicate them.
Rubbing Alcohol: Rubbing alcohol has also been used since the 1920's and naturally kills germs.
Citric Acid: It naturally kills germs, mold, and mildew, it's great for general disinfecting and cleaning. It's also effective at removing soap scum, hard water stains, calcium deposits, lime, and rust.
Essential Oils (lemon, melaleuca, ongaurd, purify, eucalyptus, wild orange are some of my favorites for cleaning): Pure essential oils such as doTERRA’s are so potent that they can destroy certain microbes acting as natural cleansers to our environment, and lets be honest, they smell really nice also.
Amazing right???? So how do I combine all of these ingredients to make my cleaning products? Well first off I would head to the neighborhood Walmart of Target and pick up the supplies you need. From those stores I would grab my white vinegar in the gallon size jug which is usually found in the vinegar section. Then I would grab my Baking Soda and Borax from the laundry section. You will also most likely mind the spray bottles in this same area (I would buy 3 if I were you and add an extra one for every floor of your house so you don’t have to carry your all purpose cleaner from floor to floor). Stop by the pharmacy section and grab your rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide. Lastly I would swing by the food storage department and grab some tupperware. I personally grab the ones that are about 4 cups size (you will want one under every sink in the house so count how many that is for you). Lastly I grab citric acid from amazon, because honestly I can’t find it anywhere else. HERE is the one I purchase.
Over the last couple years I have tried a lot of different cleaning recipes and I have narrowed it down to my favorites which I will share with you today.
All Purpose Cleaner
8 oz spray bottle
1 tsp OnGaurd Concentrate Cleaner Fill with Water
Shake before using
Spray surface and wipe clean
4 oz glass spray bottle 15 drops Purify
10 drops wild orange or oils of your choice! Fill with water
Shake and spray It’s just that easy!
1 cup vinegar
1 gallon hot water
15 drops essential oil of choice (suggested oils: lemon, lime, grapefruit, on guard, wild orange, citrus bliss)
Add all of the ingredients to a mop bucket and mix well. Apply a small amount of solution to mop or a clean rag to create clean, beautiful smelling floors.
Mirror and Window Cleaner
24 oz spray bottle
2 cups water
1⁄2 cup vinegar
1⁄2 cup rubbing alcohol 10 drops lemon
Combine ingredients in spray bottle, shake and spray on surface, wipe clean.
Fruit and Veggie Soak
Fill your sink with water
Add 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar 10 drops of lemon essential oil
Soak for a few minutes, rinse with cold water, let dry and Enjoy!
Quick Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Combine all ingredients in a bowl 1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup Vinegar
3 drops lemon and tea tree
Pour into the toilet bowl and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes. Using a toilet brush gently scrub the toilet.
Purify Toilet Pods
1 cup baking soda
1⁄4 cup citric acid
1 1⁄2 tablespoon OnGuard Concentrate Cleaner 15 drops Purify or Tea Tree Essential Oil
Stir baking soda and citric acid together until combined
Slowly stir in OnGuard concentrate cleaner and essential oils
Stir until mixture resembles wet sand
Pack pod mixture into mold and let dry for at least four hours
If mixture expands above mold, firmly press back down
Once dry, remove pods from mold and store in an airtight container
To use, simply drop one into the toilet, wait until pod stops bubbling and then scrub
Tub and Sink Scrub
1 cup baking soda 1 cup borax
20 drops melaleuca 20 drops eucalyptus
Mix together and store it in an airtight container. When your ready to clean sprinkle it into your tub and shower, pour in 1/2 cup vinegar to coat the solution.
Then simply scrub. You will be amazed how wonderful it is at taking out stains and really cleaning your tub or sink!
Tile and Shower Spray
1 cup hot water
1 tablespoon OnGuard Concentrate Cleaner 1⁄2 cup vinegar
1⁄2 cup hydrogen peroxide
10 drops Tea Tree
10 drops Eucalyptus
Stir concentrate cleaner into hot water, add vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and essential oils
Transfer to your spray bottle
Spray surface and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes Wipe clean
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I am so excited for you to get started using these amazing non-toxic cleaning recipes!
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