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Natural Cleaning Basics

Here's a quick goto list to get you started using safer, non-irritation causing cleaners in your home. Making natural cleaners is amazingly simple and a wonderful ease to the wallet as well. Have fun!


The Basics
Baking Soda Gentle, scouring abrasive; dissolves dirt and grease in water for easy removal

Essential Oils Anti-bacterial and fragrant without aggravating chemical sensitivity
Peppermint Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Lemon Oil, Orange Oil

Castille Soap Gentle cleanser
Dr. Bonners Sal Suds for floors, cars, delicate fabrics, etc.

Vinegar antibacterial cleaner, disinfectant, deodorizer; cuts through grease

Club Soda excellent streak-free cleaner for windows/glass surfaces

Distilled Water helps decrease the potential for bacteria to flourish

Hand Dishwashing Liquid good, safe cleaner for most household tasks

Lemon Juice antibacterial; acidity helps it pull up and dissolve stains

Borax naturally occurring mineral containing sodium, boron, oxygen, and water; kills mold and bacterial; natural deodorizer, disinfectant, tub and tile cleaner

Useful Herbs in Spring Cleaning

Disinfectant Herbs: basil, chamomile, clary sage, eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, rose geranium, thyme
Fungicides: chamomile, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, savory, tea tree, thyme
Bactericides: bay, cinnamon, eucalyptus, lavender, oregano, patchouli, rosemary, savory, tea tree, thyme
Antiseptics: all bactericide herbs above, plus basil, clary sage, clove, lemon balm, peppermint, rose geranium, sage, spearmint
Insect Repellants: basil, bay, chamomile, coriander, tansy, thyme, rosemary, peppermint, lavender

How to use these? In place of the distilled water in the recipes below, add teas of the herbs (2 teaspoon of each herb in 8 oz of boiling water; let steep for 15 minutes). This adds extra cleaning power!

A great book with awesome recipes, examples, and extra information is Clean House Clean Planet.

Enjoy having fun with this!

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