Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring Cleaning.....The Safer Way

Spring is finally starting to appear, and with the change in season comes a new fresh start.  Often a time of detoxing, changing routines, and household cleaning. 

While a clean fresh environment is great, cleaning products can expose us to many chemicals and unnecessary toxins.  There are easy switches we can make to reduce this toxin exposure.  

An average home contains up to 10 gallons of toxic materials in the form of household cleaning products.  These toxins linger in your home environment, you breathe them in and absorb them through your skin.

The good news is there and natural, safe alternatives to chemical cleaners that will not only save you money but also make your environment less toxic.  Many things that you already have in your home, such as baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and vinegar, make excellent cleaners for multiple purposes.   The following information and tips have been gathered with the help of  

Natural Cleaning Ingredients to Stock up on:

Baking sodaWhite vinegar
Lemon juiceHydrogen peroxide
Olive oilLiquid castile soap
Organic essential oils (optional)Mixing bowl/bucket
Coconut oilSpray bottles
VodkaMicrofiber cloths

DIY Cleaner Recipes:

All-Purpose Countertop/Kitchen Cleaner:  Mix equal parts vinegar & water in a spray bottle with a few drops of essential oil for a pleasant smell.  The vinegar can be replaced with vodka or rubbing alcohol as well.

Tub and Shower Scrub:  White Vinegar can be sprayed onto tiles/walls to clean mildew.  Let sit for 3o minutes and scrub/rinse off.  
For tougher jobs, sprinkle baking soda on the area first, then spray with vinegar and scrub clean.  

Antibacterial disinfectant:  Mix 2 cups of water with 3 tablespoons of castile soap and 20-30 drops of essential oil- tea tree oil or Thyme.  Spray onto surface and wipe off.

Carpet Deodorizer:  sprinkle liberally with baking soda, allow to sit 30 minutes or more then vacuum.

Coconut Oil:  can be used as a natural lubricant (where you would use WD-40), to remove gum from many surfaces including carpets, Moisturize and soften leather goods.  

The video below has lots of great at home cleaning recipes and tips:  

For more detailed information, more recipes, and more info on the chemicals contained in common household cleaners, see this article on

1 comment:

  1. Excellent post Dr. Lindsey! :)
    When you have a sec, I'd love to hear your thoughts on Freshana Organic Solutions.