Tips for cleaning your home, naturally!
Cleaning your home with DIY natural cleaners is not only environmentally and personally friendly, but these cleaners are cheaper than store bought products to boot! Science has seen that the active ingredients of many of the “antibacterial” cleaners have been linked to endocrine disruption, thyroid damage, and the emergence of drug resistant superbugs. Uncool, my friends, uncool.
The endocrine system produces hormones that regulate tissue function, reproduction, cellular metabolism, sleep and mood, growth and development among a vast array of other functions. The thyroid is part of the endocrine system. It’s kind of an important body system, hey? With a disrupted/damaged endocrine system, serious diseases and physical symptoms arise.
Try these cleaners to save money, do your part for the environment, and feel better both physically and emotionally!
Vinegar and essential oils
Vinegar retards mold growth and can kill viruses and bacteria. While vinegar is not recognised by the EPA as a certified substance, those in some circles will opt for 70% alcohol instead. That doesn’t deny vinegar’s abilities, however. It also does a great job with general cleaning of windows and other surfaces. Vinegar is a good grease cutter. Boost plain vinegar by steeping finely chopped fresh herbs such as rosemary, citrus, thyme, oregano, and lavender in vinegar for 2 weeks, then strain and use as the base cleaner. Keep in mind that commercial white vinegar is made with GMO corn, so think about opting for organic vinegar.
8 parts water to 1 part white vinegar. I like to add a teaspoon of a blend of essential oils such as orange, rosemary, cedar, and lavender. Put in a spray bottle to clean countertops, tubs, sinks, and many flooring materials such as wood, tile, and linoleum. Do a trial spray on a little seen part first to make sure that the essential oils are not doing any damage to finishes.
Cedar, lavender, peppermint, thyme, oregano, and rosemary are very potent fungus and bacteria killers. Use them full strength (wear gloves) on mold around the sinks and tub, aluminum windows and sills. Look for “essential oil” on the label not “fragrance oil,” as fragrance oils are neither antibacterial nor antifungal, and are made with carcinogenic petroleum based ingredients.