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Green Cleaning: Natural Cleaning Recipes & Tips

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It’s an unpleasant fact, but every single day our bodies are exposed to thousands of chemicals and toxins. Toxic chemicals in our air, water, and food are linked to serious health issues and we see the repercussions in our office every day. We don’t have control over many of these environmental toxins, but we do have the ability to reduce the toxic exposure in our own homes. That’s why we’re sharing our natural cleaning recipes.

Your home is your sanctuary and it’s worth every effort to make your home space as healthy as possible.

To live our best, Fully Functional® life one of the priorities must be to reduce the toxic burdens on our bodies. Making smart choices about the products you use regularly or daily is paramount since their combined impact can make a huge difference. We use household products like cleaning sprays daily and they should make our environments more pleasant, not more dangerous!

When we use chemical cleaners, which are loaded with toxins, we can contribute to chronic health issues, such as autoimmunity, asthma, allergies, sensitivities, cancer, hormone disruption, reproductive disorders, and more. Toxic cleaners impact your health as you breathe them in both while cleaning and afterward as they remain in the air. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average person spends 90% of their time indoors. Due to this fact, they rank indoor air pollution as one of the top 5 environmental risk factors to public health. In addition, you also absorb these toxic chemicals through your skin while you’re scrubbing away.

an array of natural cleaning ingredients

It’s Time To Go Green!

To make your home as clean and healthy as possible, consider “going green” with your cleaning products and have a home that’s sparkling clean and toxin-free! Check out our 5 Steps to a Fully Functional® Living Space.

We’ve been taught to associate cleanliness with harsh disinfectants and “chemical clean” smells. Look at some of the chemical cleaners under your sink. Do you recognize the ingredients, or is it a list of unpronounceable chemicals? The truth is you don’t need these harsh chemicals to get your home sparkling clean or to kill harmful bacteria.

Green cleaning uses ingredients derived from nature to accomplish the same thing! You can make your own cleaning products, or shop for safer products at your local stores or online.

When you avoid using toxic chemicals in your home, you reduce the indoor air pollution in your home and reduce your body’s toxic load. If you or a family member suffer from asthma or allergies, you will likely see a big improvement in symptoms. In some cases, switching to non-toxic cleaners may clear up these conditions completely!

Getting started with green cleaning

You’ve probably got everything you need to get started with green cleaning right in your cabinets! You honestly don’t need much more than vinegar, baking soda, castile soap, and some essential oils (optional) to clean almost everything in your home, safely and effectively. It takes a bit more elbow grease and scrubbing, but it’s well worth it! Cleaners that work to clean without scrubbing are only effective due to the toxic ingredients which “do the work for you”. They also contain perfumes and synthetic ingredients to mask odors and create that artificial “clean” smell. Using plant-derived and natural cleaners, you’ll kill bacteria, while leaving behind the natural aromas of essential oils, which support your health rather than harm it.

closeup of essential oils, a sliced lemon, and baking soda

Here Are a Few Simple Natural Cleaning Recipes for Healthy Home Cleaning!

All-Purpose Citrus Cleaning Spray

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 25 drops citrus essential oil (try lemon or orange or a combo of both!)

Combine all ingredients in a glass spray bottle.

Pine or Lemon Floor Cleaner

  • 1 gallon warm water
  • 2 tablespoons liquid castile soap
  • 25 drops pine or lemon essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a bucket or sink.

Lemon Dusting Spray

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 25 drops lemon essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a glass spray bottle.

DIY Bathroom Scrub

  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup salt
  • ½ cup liquid castile soap
  • 25 drops tea tree oil

Mix baking soda and salt in a bowl. Slowly add liquid soap and stir until combined into a paste. Add essential oils and mix until well combined. Put some paste on your sponge or scrub brush, add a little water and scrub away! (For deeper cleaning for a shower, spray with All-Purpose Citrus Spray first and let sit for 5 minutes before using the scrub)

Making your own natural cleaners is easy, but if you’re not inclined to make your own, The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a great resource for researching toxicity levels of all kinds of products, including cleaning supplies. Each product gets a ranking, A-F. Head to their site and see how your products rate and make changes if necessary.

Happy Cleaning!

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