Sunday, November 4, 2012

Natural cleaners

We all love the smell of a clean house and most of us associate that with the smell of cleaners that we have grown up. I, myself enjoy the scent of pine and citrus scents when cleaning. However, I am very sensitive to the smell of bleach where I have had a couple of episodes where I felt like I was going to not be able to breathe and it made me avoid it if at all possible. We just recently attended at class at Family Birth Services Tea and Talk, that are normally held monthly at the midwives home with attached birthing suite, on making your own natural cleaners, baby products and other things. I am very interested in learning more about this as I don't like to use toxic cleaners that we may breathe in while pregnant breastfeeding or even for our children. Photobucket Here was our fine teacher demonstrating how to make your own products. She is a consultant from DoTerra essential oils, but I was so impressed at how she really taught about how to make the cleaners and did not use it to only promote her business. I am going to see if I can find a link to her website to give her some business as I was truly impressed. Photobucket We had quite the crowd of women and babies, which was wonderful to see...there were women, nursing babies, toddlers everywhere! We had a wonderful lunch together, besides learning a ton. I have not tried these yet, but am curious to see if it works, so if you try them, let me know.

Dishwasher Detergent: 1 cup Washing Soda (found by the Borax) 1 cup Borax 1/2 cup Kosher Salt 1/2 cup Citric Acid 20 drops Lemon Essential Oil Mix together salt and essential oils till combined. Add other ingredients and stir. Store tightly covered in a glass jar. Use one tablespoon per load with hot water.

All Purpose Cleaner: 1 cup Water 1 cup Vinegar 2 tsp Liquid Castille Soap 25 drops Essential Oil of choice, i.e. OnGuard, Lemon, Melaleuca, etc. (Those are the DoTerra name brands, but you can, she said, for cleaners use ones you have bought elsewhere) Add all ingredients into a glass spray bottle. Shake before using.

Creamy Soft Scrub: 1/2 cup Baking Soda Liquid Castille Soap 1 tsp Vegetable Glycerin Essential oils of choice, i.e. Add Melaleuca for a mold killer, Lemon for shine, etc. Pour baking soda in a bowl. Add castille soap a little at a time to make a frosting like texture. Add in your essential oils and glycerin. Store in a sealed glass jar.

Wood & Stainless Steel Polish: Olive Oil 10 drops Orange or Lemon Essential Oil Combine ingredients, use a soft cloth to wipe then buff surfaces.

I also found this on Pinterest that I am eager to is supposed to work as a deodorizer. They seem really simple to make. I have some Clary Sage and Lemon essential oils that I think I will try it with. Make your own deodorizing flowers

What is your favorite natural cleaner you use?