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15 All Natural Green Kitchen and Bath Cleaning Solutions

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15 All Natural Green Kitchen and Bath Cleaning Solutions

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Do you like using commercial cleaning products that are full of poisonous chemicals, harsh fumes, and potentially deadly ingredients? No? I didn’t think so and neither do I. Over the past several years I have been using all natural ingredients (that actually work) to clean my home. Baking soda, essential oils, and plain white vinegar have become my new best friends.

Many commercially made cleaning products contain so many hazardous chemicals, that they can cause skin irritation, even burns,and  respiratory problems that could potentially be life threatening. Why would anyone want to use those ingredients in their home with their family and pets when they have cheap healthy natural alternatives?

Essential Oils are highly concentrated oils extracted from aromatic plants. When using essential oils make sure that it is therapeutic grade and 100% pure organic essential oil and a brand you can trust. Two brands that I use and trust for purity are DoTerra and Young Living. Keep in mind that it only takes a few drops of this highly concentrated liquid to add into your natural beauty products or cleaning solutions.

   It is advised to never use strong-smelling essential oils topically on young children or infants close to the air passage and general lung area. Due to their greater sensitivity, they could react among other things with bronchial spasm and even apnea (respiratory arrest).

Best disinfecting essential oils for your kitchen and bath

Lemon

Rosemary

Grapefruit

Cinnamon

Cloves

Eucalyptus

Tea Tree Oil

Lavender

Lemongrass

Thyme

Cinnamon

Cedarwood

Below are my favorite combinations to clean my kitchen and bath using baking soda, vinegar and essential oils: Always spot test an area first before using any  products. You should not combine vinegar and hydrogen peroxide inside the same container or mix together since it can cause skin and eye irritation. Keep in mind that castile soap mixed with vinegar equals an unusable wad of gunk!

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Natural Kitchen Disinfectant

In a clean spray bottle add 2 cups of water and up to 20 drops of tea tree oil ( or oil of choice from above list). I use tea tree oil because Tea tree oil is a naturally-occurring essential oil with anti-fungal properties that can kill staphylococcus, e-coli, shigella, and salmonella. It can be easily found online or in most stores. Add a small amount of liquid dish soap, approximately ½ teaspoon or less ( I use Ivory or castile soap) and then add approximately 1 ½ tablespoons of white vinegar. Shake bottle to mix well before each use and now you have a very cost effective powerhouse cleaning and disinfecting spray!

Cleaning  Floors With Lemon Oil

Hardwood floors need special care and conditioning. This simple, inexpensive recipe will keep your floors looking clean and fresh.

Mix 10-15 drops of lemon oil with approximately 1 cup water and 1/4 cup white vinegar into a bucket and mop away! Add more lemon oil, water and white vinegar as needed for larger amounts

Cleaning Wood: Homemade Wood Polish

Add ¾ cup olive oil, ¼ cup white vinegar, 10 drops lemon essential oil, and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Mix thoroughly before each use. Apply small amount to cloth and apply to wood furniture.

Chemical Free Carpet Freshener

Mix 1 cup baking soda with 10 drops lavender essential oil. Mix and sprinkle over carpet area. Let set for 30 minutes or more and vacuum as usual.

All Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Only three simple ingredients. Sometimes the most basic ingredients work the best.

Mix 1 cup baking soda with 40-50 drops of at least 2 or more of the following essential oils (Rosemary, tea tree, lemongrass, lemon or Lavender) in a glass bowl. (you will need a larger amount of essential oils in this recipe since you want to disinfect the toilet bowl.

Add 2-3 Tablespoons of the mixture into toilet bowl, scrub with toilet brush and then add 4 tablespoons of white vinegar to the toilet bowl.

The mixture will fizz and foam up as the baking soda and vinegar meet, and the vinegar will kill any remaining mold and bacteria.

Keep Your Fridge Fresh!

               Mix 1 cup baking soda and 10 drops lemon or grapefruit essential oil (or                your favorite  scent) in a glass bowl and set in fridge. That’s it! The baking soda will absorb the smelly orders and the essential oil will leave behind a clean, fresh scent.

Clean Fresh Shower Curtain and shower

To keep your shower curtains and inside your shower/tub free of mold and mildew add a mixture of 1 cup vinegar, 10 drops tea tree oil and 1/2 cup water to a spray bottle and spray shower curtain each time after you shower.

Keep the Coffee Pot Going

Once a month a will run a small bottle of white vinegar through my coffee pot to remove all the coffee stain buildup. Once I discard the vinegar I will run a pot of just water through the pot to rinse out the vinegar. You will be amazed at how much coffee residue sticks to the inside of your coffee pot!

Scrub-A-Dub That Tub

I will use straight baking soda to clean my bathtub. If I have an especially dirty tub I will sprinkle coarse salt around the grimy areas and scrub with half a fresh lemon or half a fresh grapefruit for extra clean and shiny tub

Bonus- another amazing tub and toilet cleaner is to combine Dawn dish liquid and vinegar in a spray bottle to clean toilet bowl and tub. Let sit 5-10 minutes and then scrub. works even better if you heat the vinegar in the microwave before adding to spray bottle.

Clean Those Drains

Use a wire hook to first remove any clumps of hair.

An easy drain cleaner and declogger recipe: First pour 1 cup salt down the drain. Bring a pot of water to a full boil. Remove from heat. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of dishwashing detergent to hot water. Stir and pour down the drain.

Salt is abrasive and is used as a scouring agent. The dishwashing liquid and hot water will melt and degrease the pipes.

Adding vinegar and baking soda just will not work effectively at degreasing and unclogging drains.

Bleach Alternative

We have a septic tank at our home, so we have to be very careful what is placed down the drains and bleach is one thing that will kill the good bacteria that is keeping our septic system running so below is the alternative I use for whitening my laundry whites and for over all household cleaning spray. I found the recipe at One Good Thing.

  • 12 cups water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup hydrogen peroxide

Mix well and add 2 cups per wash load or put in spray bottle and use as a household cleaner for bathroom countertop and around toilet area

Bonus

To whiten whites spray lemon juice on your whites and hang the whites in the sunshine on a clothesline. Nothing whitens better than the sun! Then run through the washer as usual. Below is a DIY linen spray for whiter whites

Fill a pint jar with lemon peels, add 2oz vodka and 1-2 cups of water. Let sit for 3 weeks. Drain and pour mixture into a spray bottle.

Window with a View

To keep windows sparkling clean, mix 2 cups water, 2 tablespoons white vinegar, and 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol together in a spray bottle and shake to mix well before each use.

Deep clean that cutting board

To get a nice deep clean on your well used cutting board, cut a fresh lemon in half, pour a generous amount of salt on your board and begin a nice deep scrub with the lemon halves. Rinse well when done and it will look like a new cutting board!

Bonus

Rub  olive oil to cutting board after cleaning to condition it. You can do this about once a month.

Dishwasher tune-up

This is an excellent site to visit to see how to keep that dishwasher fine-tuned and running smoothly! Green dishwasher cleaning

Countertop cleaning wipes for quick disinfecting

Use recycled wash or dish cloths or any soft cloth and place in a glass jar. Glass jar should be large enough to fit at least several smaller pieces of cloth. In a separate container mix 2 cups water, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 10 drops tea tree oil and 10 drops lemon essential oil. You can increase or decrease the ingredients depending on the size of jar you are using. Pour mixture over cloths in jar and cover with lid. Grab a cloth as needed for quick clean up and disinfecting and reuse and recycle!

Have fun with your DIY cleaning!

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Essential Oils and Herbs: The Best Homemade Recipes!

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 Essential Oils and Herbs: The Best Homemade Recipes!

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Essential oils and medicinal herbs seems to always catch people’s attention and peak curiosity. What are they? How do you use them? Why should I make homemade products with them? These are some of the questions that my friends and family have asked me over the many years that I have been creating homemade wonders. My first response to their questions is always the same. “Because I want chemical free, all natural organic products in my home and on my body.” Then I will explain that using therapeutic essential oils and healing herbs is very cost-effective and fairly easy to do at home.

Below I will add my own creations that I use at home and I will also add links to other blogger’s sites that also have wonderful must try creations, so you will be able to get the full spectrum of homemade perfection all in one place!

Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion

Rose Hip Facial Scrub– This is a simple basic recipe infused with the wonders of Rose hips seed oil that is very high in vitamins, antioxidants and anti-aging properties. Gently scrub face with this before bedtime and let the rose hips oil do its magic!

Creamy Body Butter– This simple to make body butter is oh so rich and creamy. Add your own  favorite essential oils for wonderful fragrance and added richness of oils.

Easy DIY Mouth Wash: It jus does not get any easier than this for fresh breath!

DIY Chest Rub: Perfect for cold and flu season when congestion hits.

Headache Relief:

Add 5 drops of lavender essential oil, 5 drops of peppermint essential oil and 3 teaspoons of sweet almond oil to small jar. Mix and use as a massage oil for temples and forehead to relieve headaches quickly.

 

Oatmeal Facial Scrub:

Those with sensitive skin will love this simple basic facial scrub.

1/2 cup oatmeal

1 cup warm water

5-8 drops of favorite essential oil (adding a teaspoon of honey instead of the essential oils  also makes a wonderful scrub.

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth and the consistency you like. Gently massage face with a small amount and rinse well.

DIY Air Freshener:

I love making  my own air freshener, because I know what ingredients are in it. The commercial air fresheners scare me! Truthfully! They are filled with dangerous chemicals and names you cannot pronounce ingredients. Who wants that in their home? Below is a simple, easy do it yourself air freshener with all natural ingredients.

Fill a small spray bottle with water and add approximately 25-30 drops of your favorite essential oil. More or less essential oil depending on your preference. That’s it! My favorites are lavender, lemon and chamomile.

Another simple air freshening idea is to fill a pretty glass bowl with baking soda and add several drops of your favorite essential oils, mix and set around your home for a pretty, wonderful smelling air freshener. Have fun with creating your DIY home cleaners and experiment with what works best for you and your family.

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DIY Massage Oil:

1/4 cup dried Calendula flowers

1/4 cup dried lavender flowers

1/4 cup chamomile flowers

1/4 cup rose petals

1 1/2 to 2 cups oil (almond oil, apricot oil, jojoba or your favorite oil)

Add oil and flowers and herbs to double boiler and heat on low for 35-40 minutes so herbs may absorb into the oil. do not bring to boil, and watch mixture closely while it is heating. You do not want your massage oil to smell like burnt flowers and oil! After allotted time, remove from heat, strain, and add essential oils if desired. pour into a container of choice.

You can mix and match your favorite herbs and flowers for this recipe to make your own massage oil. and add any of your essential oils you choose after the oil is removed from heat. You can leave bits and pieces of your herbs and flowers in the jar for a decorative look. Keep oil in a cool, dark area away from direct sunlight.

Easy Carpet Deodorizer:

1 cup baking soda

10 or more drops of your favorite essential oil

Mix baking soda and essential oil together thoroughly and sprinkle over carpets. Let sit for a minimum of 30 minutes (preferably longer so the baking soda can absorb the nasty smells you may have) then vacuum as usual.. Done and cheap to do!

Dishwasher Detergent:

1/2 Cup Borax

1/2 Cup Baking Soda

1/8 Cup Citric Acid

20-25 drops of essential oil of choice (I use Lemon essential oil)

Mix all ingredients together and store near dishwasher. Add 1 to 1/2 Tablespoons per load

Best Herbal Teas To Make At Home: Now this is how herbs should be used! One of my most recent posts. Enjoy!

Orange-Almond Body Wash-(Freebie Finding Mom)- This body wash sounds wonderful and you can easily swap out of mix & match your favorite ingredients!

Frankincense Wrinkle Reducing Cream-(Organic RN) Frankincense is my number one go to essential oil for my face creams. Perfect for deep absorption, age spot fading and reducing wrinkles!

Anti-Aging Cream : (Mother Earth Living) rich in skin conditioning oils. Add your favorite essential oils

Herbal Face Oil: (Wellness mama) With Lavender, Rose and Frankincense, this moisturizing face oil is super amazing!

Coconut Milk Shampoo: (Freebie Finding Mom) Just the name makes me want to make a batch ASAP!

Lavender Rosemary Shampoo-( Premeditated Leftovers) This simple DIY shampoo recipe is a must try. It smells oh so wonderful and has a nice calming effect.

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DIY Homemade Makeup Remover Pads: (Redefined Mom) I love that this DIY uses tea tree oil (especially for acne prone skin) You can mix and match your favorite essential oils in this recipe.( Remember that Lavender is an anti-inflammatory also!)

Snow Cone Sugar Scrub : (The Gunny Sack) Now this just looks fun! What beautiful colors. I think I will try this very soon. I will add my favorite moisturizing essential oils to it.

Homemade Lavender Hand Cream: (The Happy Housewife): Wonderful for dry hands. this moisturizing hand cream would be perfect for my over worked “garden” hands!

5 Easy Homemade Lotion Recipes! (The Little Pine)  Natural, healthy and great information. A must read!

Honey Face Wash (Live Simply) I love this!

Herbal Cough Drops: (Frugal Farm Wife) I love to add Manuka Honey to these homemade cough drops!

17 Incredible Reasons You Need A Bottle of Clove Oil (Natural Living Ideas) I love clove oil and make my own. Fantastic site!

Lemon Honey and Thyme Cough Syrup: (Reformation Acres) Just Yum! Simple, easy and delicious!

Arnica Ointment for Pain Relief: (Learning Herbs) Grow this powerful herb in your flower garden for natural pain relief and easy to make remedies.

Aromatherapy Body Powder : (Aromaweb.com)So simple to make. Just add your own favorite essential oil!

DIY Organic Foundation Makeup…With Sunscreen (Scratchmommy.com) The cinnamon and cocoa powder gives the natural color. Rich creamy all natural makeup

Essential oils by skin type:

Dry/Mature:

aloe vera

lavender

sandalwood

Clary Sage

carrot seed

peppermint

Lemon Verbena

Oily/Combination:

yarrow

sage

peppermint

hyssop

basil

citrus

Tea tree oil

Eucalyptus

Sensitive:

chamomile

Rosemary

lavender

geranium

Natural Exfoliates

finely crushed nuts, sugar, baking soda, dry oats

Enjoy experimenting with your essential oils and herbs and learn how to create your own wonderful creations!

 



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