The 3rd and final part of the series... where we share a few recipes for the rest of the house! You can catch up and read part 1, where we go over the basic ingredients and give you recipes for your kitchen and part 2 is for the bathrooms!
In addition to the terrible chemicals found in standard household cleaning products, they're also full of harmful synthetic fragrances that have been linked to cancer and a whole slew of ailments. "Fragrance" or "parfum" on a label is a general term for over 3,000 different ingredients! Which is a mixture of carcinogens, allergens, respiratory irritants, endocrine distributors, neurotoxic chemicals, and environmental toxicants. If you want to read more on this, Dr. Axe has a great article on this! You can read that here.
Air fresheners and fabric softeners all smell nice, but at what cost? Below are a few more recipes to help you on your journey to a more toxic free life.
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice or 15 drops lemon essential oil
Add olive oil and lemon juice (or lemon essential oil) to glass bottle and shake to combine. Pour a small amount onto a soft rag to wipe wood clean.
Caution: Be sure to test on a small area first. Being extra cautions with antique pieces.
- 2 cups water
- 15-20 drops essential oils
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
Mix baking soda and essential oils in a glass bowl and then dissolve in 2 cups of water. Add to a 16oz spray bottle.
- 1/2 vinegar
- 8 drops essential oils
- 4 wool dryer balls
Add vinegar to laundry basin (add 1/2 cup baking soda for an extra cleaning boost) and run as usual. Next add essential oils to one of the dryer balls and dry on low heat.
Erase Pencil & Crayons from Walls
- 1 part baking soda
- 1 part water
Mix equal parts baking soda and water to create a paste and gently apply to "artwork" with a soft rag. Scrubbing gently in a circular motion. Wipe clean with damp rag.
Note: be careful when using on colored walls as it can remove some of the color if scrubbed too hard.
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 30 drops essential oil
add vinegar and essential oils to a 16 oz glass spray bottle then top with water (about 1 1/2 cups). Shake and spray!
Rug & Upholstery Deodorizer
- 1 cup baking soda
- 30 drops essential oil
Mix baking soda and essential oils together and sprinkle on rug or upholstered furniture. Let sit for 15 min (or overnight), then vacuum.
Let us know what you think about the recipes and share some of your own in the comments!