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DIY All natural cleaning

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Being my fathers’ daughter, I am a massive advocate of eco-friendly living. I do not want to inhale or ingest harmful, unnecessary chemicals created for the sole purpose of material asset or shelf life. I believe in using products that are not only safe for my own body, but for the entire environment.  I’ve also always loved Chemistry – mixing the leftover condiments together at A%W to create my latest “potion” when I was young.  As I’ve grown into a mature adult, I’ve found a way to combine these two passions together.  I now can proudly say that all my cleaning products, both for my body and my house, are 100% natural and homemade. And, get this, SO EASY. AND SO CHEAP.  Not only am I helping my own health and the environment, but heck, I’m saving money. And having fun!  So I’d like to share with you. Here you will find all the “recipes” that I use for all my cleaning necessities. All you need is a few simple ingredients! Do yourself and the environment a favor… I’m sure you will feel proud and accomplished, and STILL squeaky clean.

WHAT DO I NEED?

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Castile Soap, white vinegar and baking soda are all you need for a completely clean, toxin-free home.

White vinegar disinfects and deodorizers, killing 99% of bacteria, 80% of viruses and 82% of mold. It is completely toxin free, and what could be cheaper?Castile soap is made of 100% natural plant oils. It is gentle and safe for both you and the environment because it’s free of artificial foaming agents, harsh cleansers, deconstructed fatty acids from vegetable o

ils, petrochemicals and chemical anti-bacterial agents which are all found in your standard commercial cleaning products. It’s also 100% biodegradable. Liquid castile soap is incredibly versatile and only requires a small amount to be very effective. It can be purchased in a variety of scents (which use all natural essential oils) or unscented. If you’d like to add other essential oils, for additional scent or health benefits or just for fun, all it takes is about 10-15 drops per solution.

For more information on castile soap, visit https://www.drbronner.com/customer-service/faqs/Note on Essential Oils: Essential oils are NOT just for nice scents. They actually contain numerous health benefits, ranging from antidepressant to antibacterial qualities. My top choices to use in home cleaning products are:lemon oil

Tea Tree: Antimicrobial, anti-viral and anti-fungal 

Lavender: Antibacterial, disinfectant and calming

Citrus (orange or lemon): Astringent, disinfectant, antiseptic and are thought to stimulate the immune system

 

 

 

RECIPES:

When making solutions, always pour the castile soap in last to prevent over bubble-ing!

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All Purpose Cleaner:  Mix approximately 1/4 cup castile soap + 4 cups of water in a large spray bottle ( + 15 drops of your favorite essential oil – optional). Spray on everything and wipe with a micro fibre cloth.

Scrubbing cleanser for tub, toilet or crusty stovetops: Mix 1:3 castile soap and water in a spray bottle. Sprinkle baking soda on the area you wish to clean (or onto a brush if cleaning the toilet – then scrub with the brush). Spray the castile solution over top and let sit for 10 minutes. Flush toilet or scour area with a sponge.

Window/Glass cleaner: Mix 1/4 cup white vinegar + 1 Tbsp cornstarch + 2 cups warm water in a spray bottle. If you have it, adding 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol is even better – but not crucial. Spray and wipe with old newspaper. Yes – black and white newspaper! NOTE:  If you have always used commercial window cleaner, mix a couple drops of liquid castile soap in some of this mixture the first time you clean the windows to remove detergent residue.

Reusable disinfecting wipes: Mix 1 cup water + 2 Tbsp castile soap + 10 drops lemon essential oil.  Create re-usable rags by cutting up pieces of an old T-shirt old scraps of fabric. Roll up and place into a recycled baby wipes container and pour in the castile mixture. Keep closed. When finished with the wipe, simply wash and re-use. If out of castile soap, the same can be done using 1 cup water + 2 Tbsp white vinegar + 1/2 Tbsp natural dish soap + 10 drops lemon essential oil.

Carpet stain remover:  Baking soda + lemon essential oil (optional – however it will also help to deodorize) + castile soap + water.  Mix 1:1 castile soap and water in a spray bottle. Mix baking soda and a few drops of lemon essential oil and sprinkle onto stain. Let it sit on the stain anywhere from 1 hour to overnight. Spray the mixture on the baking soda and allow it to fizz. Lay a towel or rag over the wet spot and press down to absorb the moisture (try not to scrub as it may damage the carpet fibers). Depending on the severity of the stain, this may need to be repeated.

Mopping:  Approximately 1/4 cup castile soap + 5 liters hot water

Fruit and Veggie rinse: 1 Tbsp + 2 cups of water. Keep in a spray bottle by the sink. Spray produce and rinse with cold water, or simply add 1/4 tsp castile soap to a bowl, dunk produce and rinse.

Dish soap:  Did you know that many conventional dish soaps contain toxins like endocrine-disrupting phthalates which can potentially lower sperm count and contribute to liver cancer!?

The “QUICK” method – this is a fast version for a dish soap which works well, but will not have the thick, gel like consistency you may be used to.

Mix 1/2 cup liquid castile soap + 1/8 cup water + 4 drops of essential oil (lemon will help cut grease) + 1 tsp vinegar into a reusable squirt bottle.

The “STILL EASY BUT NOT AS FAST” method – it may take more time but itwill be more similar to your standard dish soap, and it’s fun to make!

Grate an all natural bar soap (like Castile, Ivory or Dr. Bronner’s) in a food processor. Mix 3 Tbsp grated soap + 1 Tbsp borax or washing soda with 1 3/4 cups boiling water. Stir rapidlyuntil soap is dissolved. Let sit for 8-24 hours. It will gel upon sitting – so cool!  Add in 15 drops of essential oil (optional) and transfer into a squirt bottle.

Hand Soap

Like the dish soap, the first recipe will be runnier than you may be used to, but it works. You just need to find a cheap reusable foaming hand soap dispenser (Winners!).

The “QUICK” method – Mix approximately 1:4 parts castile soap with water in your foaming dispenser (for a standard size dispenser, fill with water, top with 1 Tbsp soap and shake gently).  This is where it is fun to add other essential oils,  like lavender, or even a few drops of vanilla extract, for nice scents.

OR –  Mix 1/4 cup grated all natural bar soap + 3 cups boiling water. Stir vigorously until soap is dissolved. Let sit for 8-24 hours. Add in additional essential oils or vanilla and transfer to dispenser.

FOR THE FACE AND BODY:

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Raw, unpasteurized honey is a miracle product full of amazing benefits for the body, both internally and externally. I use it EVERYWHERE. It acts as a humectant, pulling moisture from the air and binding to it, so it helps the skin retain moisture and elasticity without drying it out. It is also antibacterial and is chalk full of enzymes. Just make sure you find raw and unpasteurized so that all of its natural enzymes are still intact.

Face wash: Raw honey! For added moisture, I like to add a dab of jojoba oil. Massage onto face and rinse as you would your regular face wash.

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Body wash: Mix 1/4 cup raw, unpasteurized honey + 1/2 cup castile soap + 2 tsp oil (olive, jojoba or grapeseed oils are best) + additional essential oils. Lavender is gentle and very good for all skin types, including mature skin, acne, eczema and psoriasis and is soothing towards itchy skin. Peppermint is refreshing and stimulating and has astringent properties, making it perfect for acneic skin.

 

Some wonderful eco friendly blogs that I follow include:

Happy Hippy-ing!!!

 

5 COMMENTS

  1. Bernadette Grant | 25th Jan 16

    I am trying to live more natural by using less toxins, save energy and keep my waste out of the landfills. I am happy to find such a nice post! I want to use only eco-friendly products to clean my home. I haven’t use Castile soap and it is really interesting to learn about it! Thanks for sharing!

    • mylittletablespoon | 25th Jan 16

      Hey Bernadette. This is awesome!! I’m so glad you came across my post and said hello. I think the greatest disappointment is that people don’t realize how cost efficient and easy all natural living can be. In fact, it saves money. Castile soap is an absolute must. It can be used for everything and one bottle will last you a long time. If you ever have any questions, just shoot and we can brainstorm together 🙂

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