Green Cleaning: How to Keep Your Home Clean Naturally

by Randi

I do my best to keep my house clean. It may not always be tidy but I like to feel like it is clean: the counters wiped, floors swept, toilet bowl cleaned and so on. I know a lot of people that feel this way and make an effort to do the same with their home. Unfortunately, what many people don't realize, in trying to keep a clean home we may be exposing ourselves and loved ones to harmful chemicals.

If you use toxic cleaning products, the cleaner your home is, the unhealthier it may be.

Many commercial cleaning products contain dangerous chemicals that are not listed on the label. For example, a very commonly used cleaner that is used to scour bathroom tubs and kitchen sinks has a label that reads:

Active Ingredient: Sodium dichlore-s-triazinetrione dihydrate (1.2%) Other ingredients: (98.8%).

Notice, there are no ingredients listed in the "other" part of this ingredient list. So, what the heck are they?? Not that I know what sodium dicholore blah blah is but this really becomes irrevelant when you get to another part of the label that lists several warning and caution statements. The first which reads, "hazardous to humans and domestic animals." Awesome! I'll take two! (spoken with complete sarcasm).

These chemicals can not only harm the body by inhaling them, they can also all too easily end up in our bodies by coming in contact with our food.

Green cleaning is fun and cheap!

It is very easy to reduce your chemical exposure in your home through the use of inexpensive, natural products.

The natural cleaning products I use are:

  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Thieves Household Cleaner from Young Living

With just these three items I can safely and effectively clean every room in my house…even do my laundry!

Baking Soda

Baking soda is great to scrub and scour surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom. You just sprinkle the baking soda straight from the box onto whatever surface it is you need to clean. I read a fun tip today that suggested putting baking soda in a glass grated cheese container with a stainless steel top with holes to help control how much baking soda comes out. Totally going to try this!

To make it smell nice, you can add a few drops of essential oils like lavender and lemon. This also increases it's cleaning power because both of these oils are antibacterial.

You can purchase baking soda at any grocery store in 10 pound bags for less than 15 dollars. This could literally last you years!! That might be an exaggeration but I know it would last a long time.

Vinegar

Vinegar can clean almost anything in the house. It can clean floors, windows, and any surface in the kitchen or bath. For most jobs, a 50/50 solution of distilled white vinegar and filtered water will do the trick. For tougher jobs, like dried oil splatters on the stove, use vinegar full strength.

You can mix vinegar and baking soda to clean drains and the garbage disposal in a 50/50 solution too.

Plus, baking soda and vinegar, in combination with a few other ingredients, makes a great natural, chemical-free fruit and vegetable wash to help remove dirt, grime and pesticides. Click here for the recipe (it is located towards the bottom of the article).

Vinegar can be purchased in gallon jugs for less than a couple bucks.

 

Thieves

I use vinegar and baking soda regularly in my cleaning but the product I use the most is Thieves Household Cleaner from Young Living.

Thieves is an essential oil blend that contains the single oils of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary.

This combination of oils is highly antiviral and antiseptic and can help protect the body against flu, Candida, colds, and more. A study, conducted by Weber University in Ogden, UT in 1997, showed the antibacterial effectiveness of Thieves against airborne microorganisms. The study said after diffusing Thieves for 12 minutes, there was a kill rate of 99.96% of airborne microorganisms.

It was named Thieves because of thieves in France in 1600's that used some of these single oils to help protect them from people they robbed who had the black plague.

If this oil blend could protect people from the black plague, imagine what it can do to protect you and your family when you use it in your cleaning instead of harmful cleaning products!

Theives can be used in the kitchen, bathroom, family room, bedroom, for laundry, windows, cabinets, floors, to clean dishes, wash windows, to get out stains, and more.

One capful of Thieves in 32 ounces of water will work for light degreasing jobs like kitchen and bathroom counters. The small bottle (14.4 ounces) of Thieves can be purchased for $21.50 (plus shipping and tax). This one bottle can make 57, thirty-two ounce spray bottles of spray cleaner!!! A regular bottle of all purpose cleaner at the store can sell for around $5 dollars. If you were to buy 57 bottles of cleaner from the store this would cost almost $300 dollars!!! Imagine how much money this will save and the healthy environment it will provide to your family's home!!! It blows my mind!

Here is what others have to say about Thieves:

"After bringing my car in for an oil change, there was some grease the mechanic left on the steering wheel which ended up on my off white shorts. I rubbed lemon oil and then sprayed Thieves Household cleaner. Most of the grease was gone before putting into the wash. After the wash, it was compltely GONE. I used the same thing on a pair of pants that had an oil stain from salad dressing…all gone too!" ~Adrienne R.

"I just started using the Thieves Household Cleaner. I love it! When I ordered the Auto-ship packet I got it and immediately started cleaning. I started in the bathroom. I used it for everything and I love the scent. the build up from soap scum was gone. It worked great for the tile and grout and the sinks, toilet and tub." ~Saundra S.

"We added a three season room and put knotty pineboards on the walls and ceiling. After they were installed, I put polyurethane on them. Since I am so graceful I got the polyurethane in my hair and on my arms. I did not want to use a paint thinner or gasoline on my head. I too a shower using straight Thieves cleaner to wash my hair and arms. Every bit of the polyurethane came off." ~ Mae C.

If you want to learn more about this germ-fighting, all natural cleaner or introduce it to your cleaning regimen, click here!

Improving your quality of life comes from several factors: eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep, having healthy relationships, and living a balanced lifestyle. If you didn't before, I hope you now realize the role the products you use in your home factor in too.

Making your own and using natural cleaning products is rewarding and fun and let's you know you are creating an environment that is fun and safe for you and your family.

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Health and blessings,

Randi

Randi's passion is to teach people the importance of getting into the kitchen to cook! When people get into the kitchen to cook, they can control their health and their waistline. She uses fresh ingredients and traditional foods in her cooking like butter.  She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, exercise enthusiast and rep for Young Living Essential Oils (providing natural solutions for your health).

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