Non Toxic Cleaning

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Non Toxic Cleaning

Well, it’s been a while since my last blog post (about 4 years to be exact). I’ve had many people ask me about recipes for the below photo of all of my homemade cleaning products. A few months ago, I decided that I was done stressing about cleaning my house and I hired Flawless Cleaning Services to help me out. (Best decision ever, by the way) They loved the products and the house looked FABULOUS after they were done.

cleaning products

I have also committed to a non toxic lifestyle so I knew that I needed to have all of the cleaning supplies done for them. I was challenging myself a bit since I had not made some of the things before. It sounds overwhelming but it’s really not once you have a plan. Here’s how I did it:

What you’ll need:
Plastic or glass shakers- think an old Parmesan cheese container or the glass kind like what I have in the photo
An old squeeze bottle like a Dawn bottle or ketchup bottle
1-2 glass jars (I use 32 oz canning jars)
Spray bottles- glass is preferable
Baking soda
White vinegar
Borax
Dawn dishsoap
Citrus peels
Distilled water
Essential oils – Lemon, Lavender, Tea Tree
Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap
Optional- plastic tubs to put everything in.

Where to buy the stuff:
Aromatools.com is a GREAT resource for glass spray bottles. (Note that the spray nozzles are sold separately)
Amazon.com is where I got the shakers and the tubs. Oh, and the canning jars.
You can find plastic spray bottles at any store, really. The 2 I have here are from Target and the dollar store.
Costco has the best price for the white vinegar and the baking soda
I’ve found Borax at Target and Wal Mart
doTerra is the best brand for essential oils (http://www.mydoterra.com/erinhenlin) They have so many uses beyond just cleaning! I put lavender oil in my mascara and use others to treat various ailments. They are so powerful and non toxic! You can also find oils on Amazon, although I wouldn’t recommend these on your skin or internally.

Where to begin:
Make sure you’ve got space cleared in the kitchen and lots of bowls, and measuring spoons and cups available. This can get somewhat messy so don’t try to start this if you’ve got dishes waiting to be washed (I speak from experience here). 🙂

I can’t take credit for all of this stuff so I’ll post all of the links to the recipes I used along with my comments about the instructions.
RECIPE #1- TUB AND TILE CLEANER
http://sherigraham.com/amazing-bathroom-cleaner-recipe
Ingredients and Supplies:
24 oz. sprayer bottle
12 oz. Dawn dishsoap-the blue kind
12 oz. white distilled vinegar

To Make:  Heat the vinegar until hot and place in sprayer bottle.  Add Dawn soap, put the lid on, and shake gently to mix.  (You just heat the vinegar to help the vinegar and Dawn mix when you are making this cleaner.  You do NOT have to heat it every time you use it!)

To Use: Spray on surface to be cleaned.  Allow to sit for a bit before gently scrubbing and rinsing.  Allow the cleaner to sit longer, maybe even overnight, on really tough soap scum and mineral deposit buildup.
My thoughts: SO AWESOME- GO MAKE IT RIGHT NOW. I have actually been using this one for a long time and it cleans like crazy. I’ve used it in the bathroom sink and in the toilets and it’s great. And easy. And cheap. What more could you want?!
RECIPE #2- CITRUS VINEGAR ALL PURPOSE CLEANER
http://www.insonnetskitchen.com/diy-citrus-vinegar-cleaner/

Ingredients and Supplies:

Citrus peels

Glass jar

White vinegar

Spray bottle
Instructions:

Cut peel off of citrus fruit and place in glass jar.
 Cover with vinegar and allow to sit for two weeks.
 Remove peels and dilute vinegar 1:1 with water.
 Pour into spray bottle.
 Use as a cleaner for windows, glass, counters, and mopping floors.
My thoughts: Also awesome. I also have dropped some orange essential oil in this to counteract the vinegar smell. Cleans great and it’s CHEAP.

RECIPE #3 – LEMON SCENTED DUSTING SPRAY
http://www.pinkwhen.com/homemade-lemon-scented-dusting-spray/#_a5y_p=3177909

Ingredients and Supplies:
16 oz glass spray bottle
1 cup distilled water
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 tsp olive oil (shines and protects wood)
10-15 drops Lemon essential oil

Instructions:
Once you have all of your ingredients together, just shake the bottle up really well and use.
My thoughts: My wood looked great when I got home and it sure smelled awesome in the bottle!
RECIPE #4 – CITRUS “SOFT SCRUB” CLEANSER
http://www.thehippyhomemaker.com/make-your-own-natural-citrus-softscrub-for-your-sinks-tubs-and-toilets/

Ingredients and Supplies:
3 cups baking soda
1/2 cup liquid Castile soap
1/2 cup water
25 drops lemon essential oil
40 drops tea tree essential oil
1 tsp. orange oil

Instructions:
Combine ingredients into a bowl until mixed together completely. Transfer to a recycled squeeze bottle (such as an old Dawn bottle or an old ketchup bottle). The easiest way to do this is to put the mixture into a Ziploc bag, cut a hole in one of the corners, and pipe it into the container like frosting.
Squirt onto your bathtub, toilet bowel, sinks, or in your showers and scrub away!
My thoughts: This stuff smells amazing! The oven and microwave were positively sparkling so it seems like it cleaned really well.

RECIPE #5 – HOMEMADE COMET
https://robinsonhomesweethome.wordpress.com/2011/09/20/homemade-comet-powdered-cleaning-product/
Ingredients and Supplies:
2 cups baking soda
1/2 cup Borax 
Drops of essential oil (completely optional, I used lavender, lemon and tea tree)
Large mixing bowl
A clean, empty plastic powdered parmesan cheese container or glass shaker
Instructions:
Dump the powders into a large mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly with a spoon. Sprinkle in several drops of whatever essential oils you enjoy or have on hand. I used about 5-10 drops each of lavender, lemon, and tea tree oil. (Tea tree oil also has antibacterial and anti fungal properties which aids in the cleaning powder of the product)
Mix with spoon again thoroughly, breaking up any clumps. Spoon into clean parmesan cheese container. Use it to clean like you would ‘Comet’ cleaner. Thats it!
My thoughts: The toilets look great and this stuff smells so good!

RECIPE #6 – HOMEMADE DEODORIZER (RUGS, MATTRESSES, ETC)
http://www.food.com/recipe/all-natural-carpet-deodorizer-320191

Ingredients and Supplies:
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops orange essential oil

Instructions:
Mix ingredients with a fork until there are no lumps. Transfer to a shaker and sprinkle all over your carpets.
Let sit 30 minutes, then vacuum.
My thoughts: AWESOME! Smells great and works really, really well. You could also use tea tree oil for disinfecting.

Well, that’s it for now kids! This is a good start if you want to transition over to non toxic cleaning supplies. I have lots of other stuff that I’ve started making so I’ll post those recipes at some point too!

Love,
Erin 🙂

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About erinhenlinspeaks

Erin is a speaker and corporate leadership development trainer and has been in learning and development for over 10 years. From the early days of her career, her one desire has been to make an impact on people. She has a unique ability to engage with her audience and create experiences that inspire change and action. She is poised, articulate and delivers her message with passion. Over the past several years, God has been leading Erin into part time ministry. She currently serves as the Director of Leadership Development at The Crossing in Las Vegas. She also speaks and teaches the Share Your Story workshop for Ignite Life, a local city-wide women’s ministry. Erin’s goal is to motivate you to discover your unique wiring, encourage you to live intentionally, and inspire you to find your voice and share your story. She is passionate about helping people develop skills and knowledge that will empower them to answer Jesus’ call in their lives. Erin has lived in Las Vegas for 12 years and has two feline “fur-kids,” Eric and Diego. She feels that God has called her to use her professional skills to further the kingdom and she is so excited that Jesus has entrusted her with a small piece of His plan!

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