THREE SAFE DO IT YOURSELF CLEANING SOLUTIONS

By Tehillah Richards-Levin




The smell of a clean house…that’s pure bliss. The smell of toxic chemicals…that’s pure poison. Luckily, making our own non-toxic cleaners is super simple. We reached out to a friend of the family, David Scott, who after a health diagnosis became a self-taught wellness guru. Below David explains why he detoxed his household supplies and shares the ingredients we need to make his toxin-free cleaning solutions. 
“Look at the back of any store-bought cleaner so many crazy chemicals. When I found out my husband has kidney issues, I learned the organs filter out all the chemicals in our environment (among so many other major jobs). Cleaning with most traditional products can affect your well-being by leaving you light-headed, and the artificial fragrance can make you feel sick. I knew I had to make a change.
Nine years ago, I switched to mixing my own cleaning products. I’ll be honest, I was prepared for my house to never be super clean again because of the stigma surrounding natural ingredients not working as well, but I was so wrong. My house is now twice as clean and smells amazing, thanks to essential oils.”
Make the move to safe solutions by using these three recipes.

All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

all purpose
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The Recipe:
3/4 cup white vinegar
3 1/2 cups water
45 drops lavender and rose essential oils, or any you choose 
Why It Works:
“With the all-purpose solution, you can spray down your kitchen, counters, and even chopping blocks. Beyond all the health benefits for your body and family, it’s cheap to make. The investment in oil will be your biggest purchase, but it lasts a long time. Tip: I use a large mason jar—to avoid plastic containers—and make a big batch, so I can refill it whenever I’m out.”
Since I made the recipe for my  family at my parents house, in Maryland; my mum has used it nonstop and is ready to make another batch. 

Glass Cleaner

glass cleaner
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The Recipe:
3 cups white vinegar
1 cup distilled water
10 drops clove oil
5 drops rose or lavender oil
Why It Works:
“Vinegar’s acidity helps clean deep and disinfect, and clove can kill viruses and harmful bacteria. Including lavender or rose will lend a delightful aroma while you’re doing some dirty work.”

Bathroom and Tile Scrub

bathroom
Photo by Tae
The Recipe:
2 1/4 cups baking soda
3/4 cup unscented liquid castile soap
3 tablespoon water
3 tablespoon vinegar
25 drops citrus oil (such as grapefruit, lemon, or orange)
*Optional: 3 drops thieves oil
Why It Works:
“The bathroom solution cleans faster and better than anything you could buy at a store. It makes your grout, shower, and tiles sparkle like new. I recommend using quality citrus essential oils, since they are known for their ability to disinfect. Thieves oil is also good to add as it can kill germs. It’s strong, so only use a few drops.”
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