The Joy of All Natural Cleaning Products

Next time you walk into a room that has recently been cleaned with conventional cleaning products notice how your body reacts. If you take a deep breath do you cough or sneeze? Does the room smell fresh or does it smell more like chemicals? Although for years we associated that chemical smell with cleanliness, once we switched to all natural cleaning products, we could never go back.

Conventional household cleaning products contain harsh chemicals including ammonia and phenol, which can irritate your skin and lungs, and cause headaches. These products are also one of the leading causes of indoor air pollution. So instead of cleaning your home, you’re actually polluting the air you breathe! In fact the EPA says pollution inside the home can be two to five times higher inside a home than outside even in large industrialized cities.

Most natural cleaning products are biodegradable, nontoxic, chlorine-free, and petroleum-free – all good for the planet, but also very good for you. To avoid exposing yourself to these hazardous pollutants, look for non-toxic, environmentally safe household cleaning products, which clean while being gentler on your body.

Natural cleaning products are now widely available in stores, but you can also make your own!

Tips for making your own cleaning products:

Get a spray bottle. We like these. Then follow the below instructions.

Windows: Mix 1/4 cup vinegar with 2 cups water in a spray bottle. Shake before use.

Wood surfaces and floors: Mix 1/4 cup vinegar to a gallon of water with a few drops of lemon essential oil.

Scouring powder: Sprinkle baking soda on surface and scrub with a damp sponge.

Air Freshner: Open the windows! Opening windows lets fresh air enter and stagnant, polluted air exit. But if you also want a little extra boost try essential oils mixed with water in a spray can. Use about one cup of water with 10 drops of essential oils. Shake before use.

Laundry spot remover: Soak stains in white vinegar and warm water. The more stubborn the stain, the more vinegar you should use.

Cleaning with all natural ingredients makes the process so much more enjoyable and healthier! Once you experience the wonderful fresh scents of all natural cleaning products, you’ll never associate that chemical odor with “clean” again!

2 thoughts on “The Joy of All Natural Cleaning Products”
  1. Hi, I just found your blog today (via pinterest) and am loving it, thank you for the time and energy to put into it and therefore the lovely energy you put out for people like me. Anyways, I had a question. While I certainly want to (and have already in part) switch from using lots of chemicals to a simpler more healthy way to clean, I am intrigued by essential oils but have reservations. It is not uncommon for new things to suddenly become ‘super healthy’ and wonderful only to realize years later that they really weren’t that great (and sometimes downright harmful). I have several friends who swear by essential oils. They have given me statements by scientist and doctors espousing the benefits of them only for me to discover that said professionals were actually employed by the essential oil company their were glorifying. In fact, the only study my husband and I could find that didn’t seem to be directly funded by an essential oil company stated that continual use of lavender (which is often recommended in homemade laundry soap, bath soap in on pillows) can actually cause excessive breast growth in boys. It seems that many are jumping on this bandwagon and I’m looking for more information that these ‘super concentrated’ oils are really as good as they’re made out to be. (p.s. I hope I didn’t come across as being argumentative, I really do love your blog and it’s been just lovely reading it. It’s just that while I believe using things like vinegar, baking soda etc. instead of traditional cleaning solutions is better, I’m finding a shocking lack of research regarding essential oils and am hoping to find out anything I can). Thanks again!

    1. Thank you for your thoughtful question! We understand just how disheartening it can be when we try to use all natural products only to learn they’re not as natural as advertised or they’re not as good for us as we’d hoped. But personally, we’ve found that the benefits of trying to use natural products has fortunately outweighed any negatives over the years. The use of essential oils for their healing properties (rather than the enjoyment of their scent) is not our expertise, but if you’re interested in learning more, you may wish to check out the book “Aromatherapy: An A-Z” by Patricia Davis. And as with any product, it’s important to read and understand labels when choosing essential oils particularly as they are unregulated in the United States.
      Personally, we have used unadulterated citrus essential oils in place of air freshners for years to much success, but with most things, I would recommend using extra caution if pregnant or around children and if you’re ever in doubt, have concerns or find conflicting research try asking your healthcare provider or leave out the essential oils when making your cleaning products. Thankfully, vinegar and baking soda work very well on their own! Thanks so much for your comment and please let us know if you learn more!

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