At Soaring Heart, we talk a lot about the importance of natural, organic sleep. This week, we thought we’d share some of our favorite tips on natural cleaning. After all, taking the chemicals out of your cleaning products is just as important as getting them out of your mattress, pillows and linens.
Lemon Juice is great for removing stains from cutting boards and plastic food containers. Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to your dish washing detergent to cut grease. A paste of lemon juice and cream of tartar does wonders on tile grout.
Tea Tree Oil not only smells fresh and clean, it’s also known to be an effective antimicrobial. Woman’s Day suggests adding 3 drops to your laundry detergent to fight microbial accumulation in your washing machine. Or try diffusing Tea Tree Oil to help naturally deodorize and disinfect the air.
White Vinegar is a powerhouse. It deodorizes naturally, won’t stain grout, cuts through hard water deposits and detergent residue and the smell disappears as it dries. HGTV suggests diluted white vinegar and water to clean counter tops, floors, back splashes, shower doors. Undiluted, you can use it to tackle clogged shower heads, soap scum and toilet bowls. Wellnessmama.com even suggests mixing 1 part vinegar with 2 parts water and adding ¼ cup to the final rinse in your washing machine to act as a natural fabric softener. A word of warning; never mix vinegar and bleach. Together, they can form a dangerous chlorine gas.
Baking Soda is another great natural cleaning tool. 4 tablespoons mixed with 1 quart of warm water is an all-purpose cleaner and deodorizer perfect for counters and appliances. And you’ll find baking soda as an ingredient in many homemade cleaning product recipes.
Realsimple.com has a handy little chart full of DIY natural cleaner recipes. They recommend ¾ cup of water, ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol, 5 to 10 drops of mint essential oil and a squirt of dish soap for most surfaces except glass. There’s even a disinfectant recipe using Vodka, on the off chance you have some laying around.
Give some of these natural cleaning solutions a try. Do a little research and then hit the pantry. You may just find they’re better than the chemical-based cleaners and easier on the checkbook. And if we may be so bold, we suggest saving those extra pennies and heading to Soaring Heart for a new set of organic summer sheets or a personal favorite, the shredded latex pillow.