You shouldn’t feel defined by whether or not your windows shine, but it’s hard not to judge your own housekeeping skills when trying to stay ahead of the gunk and grime that inevitably comes with having kids and living in dusty Scottsdale, Arizona.
Kids make messes––big messes! Feel good about cleaning your house with natural, safe cleansers that you make at home. Most of the ingredients used to whip up tough DIY cleaning products are simple, inexpensive, and can usually be found right in your pantry. Give these three toxic-free DIY cleaning recipes a try
Here’s what you will need: Vinegar, organic coconut or olive oil, baking soda, dish soap, 3 percent Hydrogen Peroxide, water, measuring cups, mason jar or spray bottle, essential oil, and a Sharpie for labeling.
¼ cup of organic coconut or olive oil
¼ cup white distilled vinegar
juice of one lemon
mason jar or spray bottle
Mix all ingredients together and shake well before using. Store what you don’t use in the refrigerator.
¾ cup of baking soda
¼ cup of natural dish soap
1 tablespoon water
Combine the baking soda and soap then add water and stir until you get an even consistency. Add a drop of two of your favorite essential oil for fragrance.
In the kitchen sink or wash basin mix three parts water to one part vinegar and soak your fruits and vegetables to remove wax, pesticides, and chemicals. You can also make a spray that even the kids can use––it’s safe and toxic-free.
Sanitize all kinds of household items with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. Did you know that H 2O 2 has antibacterial and antiviral qualities and is almost as strong as bleach?
TIP: Lemons are a natural disinfectant