Health Warrior Wednesday Episode 17: Non-Toxic Cleaning Solutions

Below are some recipes for alternatives to the toxic cleaning solutions you typically find at the store.  They are super easy to make, are inexpensive, and you can whip them up in no time.  

Window, Glass, and Mirror Cleaner

2 cups warm water
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
1 Tbsp. corn starch

Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well.  Shake well before using, so as not to clog the sprayer.

Floor Cleaning, Option 1

Mix 1 gallon warm water with 1/2 cup white vinegar and use to mop the floor

Floor Cleaner, Option 2

Mix 1/4 cup white vinegar with warm water into a spray bottle.  Add 15 drops of essential oil to the mixture, and shake well.  Spray on the floor and wipe up.  I like to use Lemon, Tea Tree, or Lavender essential oils, as they all have anti-bacterial properties

Scouring Powder, Mold and Mildew Cleaner

1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup non iodized salt
1/2 cup washing soda (like borax)
5 drops essential oil (like lemon, lavender, geranium, tea tree)
White vinegar

Mix the ingredients, except the vinegar, in a container and sprinkle onto the surface you are cleaning.  You can either let that set for a few minutes and then use a scrubbing brush to clean.  Or you can sprinkle some white vinegar on top of the powdered solution and let the foaming action take place and set for a few minutes and then scrub.

Carpet Freshener

2 cups baking soda
15 drops of your favorite essential oil (I like to use lavender for the bedroom carpets, as it is calming, if I am looking for a more invigorating smell for the living room, I may use basil or wintergreen)

Mix the essential oil in with the baking soda and let set for about an hour or so.  Then take a sifter, gradually pour the baking soda solution into the sifter and sprinkle lightly onto the carpeting.  Let set for a few minutes, then vacuum up.  Make sure you don’t sprinkle the solution too heavily or you may clog your vacuum.  The result will be a refreshingly clean smell without all of the toxins!