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Make Your Own Natural Cleaning Products | Happy Earth Day!

natural cleaning productsMake Your Own Natural Cleaning Products | Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day is this Sunday on April 22nd, 2018. In honor of our Mother Earth, pledge to make a change to help better our planet. Even one small change can be a big change in time. One way is to make your own natural cleaning products. Not only is it easy, but it’s cheap!

Cleaning products have become a big source of urban pollution and contribute to high levels of “volatile organic compounds” in our air. Start with changing just one synthetic and non-natural cleaning product that is used on the regular in your household for a natural alternative. In doing so you are making the world a better place for us all to live. Let’s work together to make the world a safer and more beautiful place to live, starting within our own homes.

Natural Cleaning Products

Natural Glass Cleaner

In a spray bottle combine the following ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap
  • 2 cups of water

Shake to blend and spray on your windows and glass surfaces.

Antibacterial Spray

  • 20 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 1 cup water

Add the ingredients to a spray bottle, shake to mix. Spray the air, table tops, door knobs, counter tops, etc.

Herbal Floor Cleaner

  • 1/8 cup liquid soap
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup herbal tea (try a peppermint tea, it is antibacterial)

Combine all ingredients in a bucket and swirl around until sudsy. Proceed to mop as normal.

Wood Furniture Polish

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • A few drops of oil (olive oil and jojoba work well)

Brass Cleaner

Any ingredients that contain a natural acid, such as vinegar, Tabasco sauce, ketchup, tomatoes, lemon or lime juice.

Dryer Sheets

Make your own easily! Mix together 15 drops of spearmint essential oil and 12 drops of lavender essential oil. Put mixture on a clean cloth, fold cloth several times. Wrap another cloth around that and toss into dryer!

Top 10 Natural Cleaning Uses for Baking Soda

A commonly available mineral full of many cleaning attributes and is slightly alkaline (it’s pH is around 8.1; 7 is neutral). It neutralizes acid-based odors in water, and adsorbs odors from the air.

1. Drain cleaner: Pour one cup down the drain followed by three cups of boiling water.

2. Chemical smells out of clothes: Soak clothes for two to three hours or overnight, in one cup of baking soda. Agitate the machine occasionally. Repeat if necessary. Wash as usual. (This method is great for removing the new smell out of clothes.)

3. Cat urine: Alternate sprinkling baking soda, which will neutralize acid odors, with white distilled vinegar.

4. Dog odors and urine: Sprinkle with baking soda. Let set for a few hours before sweeping up.

5. Silver polish: Make a paste of baking soda and water, scoop some onto a clean, soft rag, and polish the silver. Rinse and polish dry.

6. Soft scrubber: Pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl and add enough liquid soap or detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop onto a sponge and clean the bathtub or tiles. Rinse.

7. Scouring powder: Simply sprinkle baking soda into a sink and scrub.

8. Oven cleaner: Sprinkle baking soda onto the bottom of the oven. Squirt with enough water that the baking soda is damp. Let set overnight, making sure the baking soda is damp before you go to bed. In the morning, simply scoop the baking soda and grime out with a sponge. Rinse.

9. Refrigerator deodorizer: Place an open box in the back of the fridge. It will “adsorb” odors, which means that it will draw odors to the baking soda molecules.

10. Cutting board deodorizer: Sprinkle the cutting board with baking soda, scrub, rinse.

3 Ways to Kill Mold Naturally

1. Tea Tree (strong scent of tea tree)

  • 2 teaspoons tea tree oil
  • 2 cups water

Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse.

2. Grapefruit Seed Extract (odorless)

  • 20 drops grapefruit seed extract
  • 2 cups water

Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse.

3.  Vinegar Spray (strong scent of vinegar)
Straight vinegar reportedly kills 82 percent of mold. Pour some white distilled vinegar straight into a spray bottle, spray on the moldy area, and let set without rinsing.

If you are interested in creating a more natural and earth-friendly home, check out our online class- Natural Home: Cleaners and Room Scents.

What are you doing for Earth Day? We’d love to hear about it in our comments!

Anti-Flu Therapeutic Aromatherapy Spray

Anti Flu Therapeutic Aromatherapy Spray

antiflu aromatherapy

The Flu epidemic is out of control! We can feel helpless but there are simple things you can do that may help to prevent germs from spreading.

This anti-flu spray can be spritzed into the air, your car, your office and on yourself. Tea Tree, lavender and lemon essential oils are known for their anti-infectious and antiseptic (infection control) properties and may help to prevent colds and flus. See below where to purchase essential oils.

Aromatherapeutic Anti-Flu Spray

Ingredients 
Spray Bottle (2 or 4 ounces) 2 ounces is easy to carry with you
Water: Spring, Purified or Distilled
Tea Tree essential oil
Lavender essential oil
Lemon essential oil

2 ounce bottle of spray
12 drops tea tree essential oil
6 drops lavender essential oil
9 drops lemon essential oil
or
4 ounce bottle of spray
24 drops tea tree essential oil
12 drops lavender essential oil
18 drops lemon essential oil

Directions
Add essential oils directly into bottle.
Fill bottle with water.
Cap and gently roll bottle in your palms to mix.

Aromatherapeutic Simple Anti-Infectious Spray

Ingredients
Spray Bottle (2 or 4 ounces)
Water: Spring, Purified or Distilled
Lavender essential oil

2 ounce bottle of spray
24 drops lavender essential oil
or
4 ounce bottle of spray
48 drops lavender essential oil

Directions
Add essential oils directly into bottle.
Fill bottle with water.
Cap and gently roll bottle in your palms to mix.

Aromatherapeutic Tissue or Handkerchief Method

Place 1 drop of Tea Tree essential oil in the center of a folded tissue or handkerchief. Carry the tissue or handkerchief with you and smell throughout the day.

Easy House Steam

Antiviral Herbs that help to kill germs: lavender, peppermint or thyme

Ingredients
6 cups water
1/2 cup fresh antiviral herbs or 1/4 cup of dried antiviral herbs

Directions
Add water and herbs into a pot.
Bring water to a boil, turn off heat and let herbs steam into the air.

 Learn more about Aromatherapy. Essential Oils for Body, Hair & Skin HERE!

Aromatherapy

Where to purchase essential oils:
Locally
Whole Foods Market
Health Food Stores
Online
Mountain Rose Herbs

Please note- It is important to take great care when using essential oils and always go with your instinct. For some the scent may be too strong so we always recommend to start with smaller dosages and work your way up. Pregnant women, elderly, young children and animals are more sensitive to scent and therefore smaller amounts should be used.

Make Your Own Natural Cleaning Supplies

Make Your Own Natural Cleaning Supplies

Spring is here and there is a reason we want to “spring clean” in the house, office, car, yards and garden. Spring comes after a cold and dark winter. The days are becoming longer. New life is springing up. It is time to clear out and clean and make space and open for new beginnings, new opportunities and hope. Water cleanses and refreshes. Cleaning supplies don’t need to be toxic with an overbearing chemical smell and residue. If you are holding your nose using strong chemical cleaners then your body is telling you it is toxic. Thank goodness there are natural cleaners on the market now. They are also expensive. You can make your own effective natural cleaners.

A clean house and space makes me feel more energetic and organized. It brings order to my life. Cleaning refreshes, renews, brightens and brings order and clarity of mind.

“Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?” Neltje Blanchan, she was a nature writer, author of 5 books, US scientific historian, October 23, 1865 – February 21, 1918

Aromatherapy, essential oils extend the scent of spring into our homes and work place.

5  REASONS TO MAKE YOUR OWN NATURAL CLEANING SUPPLIES

1.    Save $$$: You save a lot of money. It costs only a few scents to make a batch of cleaner.
2.    Non-Toxic: There are no strong chemical odors and no need to plug your nose. Children and pets are very sensitive to strong chemicals and odors and they are not subjected to the toxicity of strong commercial cleaners. Same for housekeepers and those doing the house cleaning.
3.    Eco-Friendly: These natural cleaning products are good for the earth and do not harm the earth. The containers are re-filled and re-used over and over saving more containers from landfill.
4.    Aromatherapy Effect: The person cleaning also experiences an aromatherapy effect with uplifting, cheerful and invigorating essential oils. The scent can be customized to the season and the scent a person prefers.
5.    Easy to Make: These natural home cleaners are simple and easy to make and can be customized to your preferences.

SIMPLE REFRESHING ROOM SPRAY

shake before each use

Container: 2 ounce Plastic Bottle, PET, Round, Amber or Glass

1.    Add 2 ounces water into spray bottle.

2.    Add 12 drops organic sweet orange essential oil. Learn about sweet orange essential oil here.

Pour into bottle.

Mist any room, baby’s room, pet’s area, kitchen, living room, dining room, office.

LEARN TO MAKE YOUR OWN NATURAL CLEANING SUPPLIES

in the Natural Home Online Class

INCLUDES 

  • 12 Demonstration Videos
  • 2 Downloadable Training Manuals
  • Lifetime Access

LEARN ABOUT

  • How To Make All Natural Dishwashing Soap
  • Natural Cleaners All Purpose Cleaner
  • Window Cleaner
  • Scrub Cleanser
  • Toilet Cleaner
  • Carpet Deodorizer
  • Furniture Polish
  • Aromatherapy Room Diffusing
  • Scented Sea Crystals
  • Aromatherapy Room Mists

Purchase Natural Home Online Class by clicking the button below.

Happy Cleaning and Clean Spaces,
Joan