Hello Fabulous People! How is everyone?
It’s time for our 3rd installment of Small Change Saturday. Have you been flossing? Have you spent time outdoors? How are you feeling? I would love to know how things are going.
Ready for your next challenge?
This week I want you to Green Your Clean. I am going to share with you some simple recipes and products that will give your home that clean feeling without loading it up with a bunch of yucky toxic chemicals. Plus, it’s safer for you, your kids, your pets, and the Earth.
Now remember, I’m on the same journey you are. I have recently purged my home of my regular go-to cleaners and replaced them with easy to make, easy to use, natural homemade cleaners. I have tested them, and they work. Plus, I want to make your cleaning routine easier, simpler. It’s hard to make a new change stick if there are barriers in the way. I want to give you the tools to succeed. So here goes…
That’s it- just 3 ingredients to clean your whole house.
I recommend picking your ingredients up in bulk… they’re cheaper that way, and you will find yourself using them for everything!
All purpose cleaner- (and I mean all purpose- floors, windows, counters, etc.)
1 part vinegar + 1 part water
For really strong cleaning- you can use vinegar undiluted. Don’t worry, the smell will dissipate relatively quickly. 🙂
All purpose scrubber-
Baking soda + water to form a paste
Got something super yucky? Say really gross soap scum in your bathtub? First use scrubber, then spray with all purpose, then scrub again.
hydrogen peroxide- use anywhere you would use bleach
*only keep hydrogen peroxide in a container that is opaque. Light can break down the peroxide making it uneffective*
If you have an item that you need to make sure is completely disinfected (ie cutting board with chicken juice); wash with soap and water, dry, spray vinegar solution and hydrogen peroxide (keep in separate spray bottles), scrub, let dry. The mixture of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide has been shown to be better than chlorinated bleach.
baking soda…uh that’s it
Sprinkle in trash cans, on carpets before vacuuming, in your gym shoes, and anywhere else that gets gross. Wait 15-30 min, depending on stench, and shake or vacuum up. Tada! No smell.
If you want to get super fancy… or feel the need for extra credit (silly over achiever you!), you can add essential oils to your vinegar mixture or baking soda. Here are some ideas.
Tea Tree Oil
or a mixture of the above
I’m currently working on creating my own “signature” blend for cleaning and body products. I’ll let you know what I come up with.
So what should you use with your new cleaning products?
There are only a few items that you need to really clean your whole home.
1. A good handheld scrubber
2. A small scrubber (or an old toothbrush works well too)
3. Microfiber cloths and/or old t-shirts cut up into rags
You can gather the items above, along with your two spray bottles, and your box of baking soda in a handy carryall like this one.
4. Extendable duster for ceiling fans and cobwebs
5. A floor “mop”– use something like a swiffer that you can attach the microfiber cloths to. You can even use the “wetjet” and just add your vinegar solution to it.
Love! (and cleanliness!)