We’ve written about the dangers of many store-bought household cleaning products – most are loaded with harmful chemicals. In fact, the average household contains some 62 toxic chemicals,as environmental experts have reported, many of which have been linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption and neurotoxicity.
Wasting your hard-earned money on chemical-filled cleaners that can harm your health, and the health of the environment just doesn’t make sense when they are plenty of ways to make highly effective, homemade cleaning products that will cost you a fraction of the price without the hazards, including these.
White vinegar is one of the most versatile natural cleaning products you can have. It can be used in so many ways to keep your home free of mold, excess bacteria, and, sparkling clean. In fact, experts say that using vinegar is just as effective as chemicals if not more so. By combining it with another non-toxic natural cleaning agent like baking soda, you can use it to clean just about anything. Baking soda and white vinegar make the ideal all-purpose cleaner – just add tea tree or lemon essential oil and it will have the ability to disinfect too.
To make it you’ll need the following:
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 2 tbsp baking soda
- 10 drops lemon or tea tree essential oil – we recommend Plant Therapy Essential Oils for their purity and price.
First, combine the vinegar and essential oils in a spray bottle, and then add the baking soda and mix well. Add water to fill the bottle to the top. Gently shake to mix all ingredients. When ready to use, simply spray the area you’d likely to clean and then wipe it with a cloth.
You can also use vinegar as a primary ingredient in homemade disinfectant wipes – combined with tea tree, eucalyptus, and lemon essential oils, it makes powerful wipes without harmful chemicals.
To make them, you’ll need the following:
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 8 drops tea tree oil
- 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 8 drops lemon essential oil
- An empty container (an old baby wipe container is ideal)
- 15 – 20 squares of cloth, cut out of an old t-shirt, dish towel or similar material
Fold and place the cloth squares into the empty wipe container and then set it aside. In a mixing bowl, combine the water, white vinegar, and all three essential oils. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Pour the mixture over the cloths in the container, allowing them to soak up the solution. After a few minutes, they should be ready for you to pull out and use just like a store-bought wipe.
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