One of the first things we changed in our family household was the cleaning products. I can not even begin to tell you how much money we have saved over the years by no longer buying commercial products. Let's just take Windex as an example - 32 ounces of Windex is $3.79 - my homemade EVERYTHING cleaner runs me $1.25 PER GALLON. It's so safe I can use it on wood, floors, countertops, glass, mirrors, stainless steel, carpet, and well just everything.
Why do you need to use harsh chemicals when there are natural options that don't harm you? There's no warning label on natural. You can breathe it in and touch it. Your baby learning to crawl can lick the floor (and we all know they do!) and you don't have to freak out because she just ingested chemical residue.
A best example that I can give you how harsh cleaning chemicals are actually comes through from of my cats. This particular cat has never been exposed to chemicals of any kind. By the time he came along - we'd already made the transition over. We have one carpeted room in this house and that's my bedroom. I needed to clean the carpet due to a cat urine issue from my elderly cat and had noticed a jug of the name brand carpet cleaning formula under the sink. I figured I would use it up instead of just throwing it away - it was my bedroom after all and not my kids. So carpets got cleaned (and rinsed twice) with the common name brand carpet solution. House took on a now unfamiliar chemical smell mixed it with whatever fragrance they scent it with. I wanted to choke. Hadn't dawned on me before how sensitive we had become to chemicals and then it makes you wonder how in the world you ever tolerated being desensitized to them. Anyway - this cat walked on the wet chemically cleaned carpet. Within 12 hours he was projectile vomiting everywhere. I've had cats all my life - have 6 of them now that live with us in the house. I have NEVER seen a cat projectile vomit like this. It was absolutely horrible. The amount of cat puke I cleaned up for 2 days I really would rather not ever think of again. I was on the verge of giving this poor cat an IV for dehydration because he couldn't keep anything down. I was starting to worry that maybe his kidneys would shut down and I'd lose him. It was just plain horrible. At first I couldn't think what possibly he could of gotten into. Then it dawned on me about the carpet cleaning solution. I immediately threw the rest of the bottle out. Took the carpet cleaner back in the bedroom used a vinegar rinse to try to remove all of that nasty chemically laden "petsafe" cleaner. It took FOUR MORE rinses (that's after the 2 I had already done when I cleaned the carpets the day before) to remove all the chemicals.
Anyway - on to my ingredients for natural cleaning.
It's simple really. White distilled vinegar, baking soda, and my Doterra essential oils. That's it - that's all. Don't need or want anything else.
Essentially Everything Spray Cleaner
*50/50 Water and White distilled vinegar
*Doterra Lemon Oil
That's it. This gets used on everything. It's a disinfectant, great for respiratory, improving your mood, use it to stop tarnish on your silver, and more.
Honestly - you can use all kinds of essential oils depending on your mood and what you are cleaning. Just add to the vinegar/water mixture.
Hardwood Floor Cleaner
Again, you can do any mixture of oils you want depending on your mood. Most of the time I use Lemon and Doterra Purify Oil. I use about a gallon of water, couple cups of vinegar, and a few drops of whatever oil I want. I don't measure anything. I use the Purify Oil because it's awesome at getting eradicating nasty smells.
Hardwood Floor Polish
About a cup or two of Olive Oil - mixed with whatever oils you want. Last time I used Purify, Lemon and Geranium. My floors still smell lovely. The oils restore much need moisture to old hardwoods.
Carpet Stain remover
Vinegar mixed with baking soda to start - this causes a reaction and this is what lifts your stain. Let it dry and vacuum it up. Old stubborn stains may need more than one treatment. Please test treat a hidden area on your carpet. I've heard some carpets react to you but I've never seen it. And I haven't used this mixture on our true Persian Rug. I don't think I ever will because I don't want to risk even a small area being ruined. Instead I just use baking soda and Purify Oil to remove any odors.
So essentially that covers what you need to clean your entire house. Next time I'll touch base on cleaning "animal specific" problems in your house.
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14093 Madison Pike
Morning View, KY 41063