It is time to clean the bathroom again. You know the drill. Spray shower with some chemical cleaning product, turn on fan and leave the room to let it sit. Then in 20 minutes or so you re-enter the bathroom with rubber gloves up to your elbows and a mask over your face.
One day I was cleaning the shower, barely able to breathe because of the toxic fumes rising to my nose and thought there has to be another way.
What did people do back in the day before we had aisles of cleaning products in the grocery store? After a bit of research I found the solution! Using everyday NATURAL PRODUCTS.
• baking soda
• borax (available in any laundry aisle)
• castile soap
• white vinegar
• cream of tartar (available in the spice aisle)
• Essential Oils
It has been several years since I threw out all of my toxic chemical cleaners, surgical masks and rubber gloves (Ok, I still use the gloves on the toilet). Who wants toilet germs on their hands? Not me. My bathroom (every room in my house) still sparkles, and my house smells wonderful too.
They key to that fresh, clean smell is Essential Oils. There are FIVE main Essential Oils that you can use to clean your home.
- Add Lemon oil to a spray bottle of water to clean tables, counter tops, and other surfaces.
- Lemon oil makes a great furniture polish: simply add a few drops to olive oil to clean, protect, and shine wood finishes.
- Use a cloth soaked in Lemon oil to preserve and protect your leather furniture and other leather surfaces or garments.
- Lemon oil is a great remedy for the early stages of tarnish on silver and other metals.
- Put Lemon oil on a rag to help remove stubborn, sticky residue from surfaces.
- Wash hands with Lemon oil to remove grease after changing your oil.
- Add a drop or two to a dry erase board to remove marker residue.
- Add to baking soda to clean toilets, tile, and tubs.
- Diffuse to help neutralize odors.
- Use with a dish soap recipe to help cut grease.
- Diffuse to cleanse and purify the air.
- Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use on surfaces to protect against environmental threats.
- Add a couple of drops to soiled laundry loads to help remove odors.
- Use with vinegar to help cleanse and purify dirty floors.
- Add to peroxide, water, and vinegar-soaked rags to clean high chairs and baby toys.
- Mix with lavender, carrier oil (e.g., fractionated coconut oil), and water to paper towels for great natural baby wipes.
- Combine a few drops with aloe and water to create a great natural hand cleanser.
- Combine Lemon Essential Oil and Protective Blend hand wash. Pour over paper towels for a nice cleansing wipe.
- Add to equal parts water, peroxide, and alcohol. Stir in with rags. Use as a natural cleansing wipe.
- Diffuse to purify and cleanse the air from environmental threats.
- Add with water to create a wonderful air freshener.
- Add to a vinegar base to cleanse surfaces and counters.
Cleansing Blend (Lemon, Lime, Siberian Fir, Austrian Fir, Citronella, Melaleuca, Cilantro):
- Add a few drops to your laundry rinse cycle to help eliminate odors.
- Diffuse to cleanse and purify the air.
- Add to vinegar in a spray bottle to clean toilets and other bathroom dirty zones.
- Add a few drops to cotton balls and insert into vents to help freshen smaller rooms.
- Use with dryer balls to freshen the laundry.
- Combine with Melaleuca or Protective Blend to make a powerful vinegar cleaner for your kitchen.
- Diffuse to uplift mood and energy levels and to freshen the air.
- Add drops to white vinegar and use as a natural laundry softener rinse.
- Add a few drops to dryer balls to freshen your laundry without any harsh chemicals.
- Combine with castile soap to create a wonderful uplifting hand soap.
- Combine with olive oil and vinegar for a refreshing and invigorating wood polish.
- Add to castile soap to make your own DIY dish soap.
- Add to your laundry rinse cycle to freshen your load.
I hope you make the switch too! Contact Me if you have any questions about Essential Oils, or want some new cleaning tips to make your house sparkle.