Well, they can all be used in the kitchen, in some way or another…
But they are also all you need to clean your home! With a couple of good rags and a broom of course!
How can that be so in a world full of chemical wonder products that make everything down to your floors sparkle? One must think in the grand scheme of things, how many toxins we would like to flush down the toilet or swirl down the sink. “Traditional” household cleansers are polluting our waterways and our backyards, yet to much of society it goes unnoticed. It is easy to turn a blind eye and fall for the bright colors on packaging or for the “lovely” scents that fill the air and intoxicate our lungs as we merrily vacuum on our way, but this concept of “clean” is simply not acceptable by an environmentally sensitive, or a natural mom.
A naturally clean home is more than just a state of cleansing products, it is a state of mind.
You see, in college I was a housekeeper (actually I worked for Asgrow for about 4 months – shhh! don’t tell anyone, we all make mistakes!!) to make ends meet until I could make the journey out west. Ask any housecleaner that works for a company cleaning multiple homes a day how they feel after an eight hour shift of oven cleaner, toilet foam and dusting aid.
Dizzy, disoriented and nauseous might be the most common answers. I know. I did it for a week when no one else would hire me. But I decided my health was more important than my wealth and I quit just as soon as I had started.
It hit me though, that the idea and the need for some people to have their home cleaned by a total stranger was completely unbothersome, and in many cases completely welcome by many a man and woman!
“come and fold my husband’s underwear” and “would you mind doing last week’s dishes?” were not uncommon things to hear.
And so with this in mind I started my own business, on my terms. I called in Natural Housecleaning and in the Seattle/Kirkland area it suited my husband and I well, most of the time anyway.
Using essential oils I made sure that each customer had a unique cleaning experience and everything was mixed fresh, the oils added about an hour before cleaning.
- Natural all purpose cleaner: 4 cups water with 15 drops orange oil and 15 drops lavender oil – shake before each use.
- Toilets: baking soda in the bowl, add a bit of vinegar and scrub, flush.
- Carpets: baking soda in a small jar with 10+ drops of essential oil – sprinkle it lightly on the carpet, let it sit 15 minutes while you are dusting and then vacuum it up.
- Windows: 1 cup vinegar in a gallon (4 liters) of warm water.
- Floors: this depends on the type of flooring, so if hot water doesn’t do the trick add a little vinegar or dish soap to the mix, add a little elbow grease like Cinderella and scrub away.
What essential oils to use?
By far the most popular scent was lavender! Followed by citrus and ylang ylang, of course there is always pine, eucalyptus and tea tree oil.
Cleaning your home need not be science. Just find some sturdy spray bottles, add the natural ingredients, essential oils and clean away!
What is your favorite natural cleaning recipe?