Homemade Cleaning Solutions To Freshen The Home Without Chemicals!
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Homemade Cleaning Solutions to Freshen the Home Without Chemicals!

When I was pregnant I started researching more natural solutions for everything in my life; from the food we eat, to the products we clean with and everything in between. Early on I decided to Exclusively breastfeed my son as long as he wants, start eating organically and as natural as possible, cloth diaper, babywear, and bedshare. Now these are all based on a parenting style called attachment parenting. As important as all of these things were to me, I then realized how important it is to consider removing as many toxins and chemicals from my home that I can, especially with a new baby coming.

My first go-to source of homemade solutions was a Natural Mothering Magazine forum on Facebook. The women of this blog are extremely intelligent and were of great help for me on my natural lifestyle journey. I got recipes for all sorts of natural cleaning products, dishwash detergent, laundry detergent and even bath scrubs. Now I certainly have not accomplished all of the homemade solutions that I would like yet, but have made great strides from where I was!

Let's start with some of the ingredients you will need to invest in. The first thing I bought when I started making cleaning products were essential oils. I found a gift set on Amazon with 12 of the most commonly used essential oils. The other ingredients are some of your more common kitchen supplies such as vinegar, baking soda, and borax. Some recipes will also use some common fruits but I will get to that.

This first solution I made was for my cloth diapers. I use a wet pail filled with water 1/4 vinegar, 1 tbsp baking soda and a few drops of rosemary essential oil. Sometimes I add lemon as well for a fresher scent but it depends on the day. When you go to wash the diapers then you just poor the whole pail in the washer and run it on a cold rinse cycle to rinse out the water then run a normal wash in hot water with a natural detergent such as rockin greens or ecos.

The next one I made was an all-purpose cleaner which I use for those pesky pet stains that seem impossible to get out of carpets! Now I have tried all the cleaners under the sun for pet stains and nothing compared to what I made at home. I out 1/4 vinegar in an old spray bottle from 409 and then filled it with water. Then add 5-7 drops of an essential oil, usually lemon, sweet orange or lavender. I start by spraying that on the carpet then pour a little borax on the stain to set for about 5 minutes. Using a sponge and cool water I scrub each stain, let it dry then vacuum. Just to add, we have white carpet and this has worked wonders for me! :) I also use this same solution for general household cleaning. Borax is a great product on it's own as well; I use it for our toilets, in laundry detergent and with baking soda and vinegar in the dishwasher.

The last thing I will leave you with is an oatmeal sugar scrub. For this you need 1 cup white sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup oats, 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 tbsp liquid castille soap, and 1/4 tsp Vitamin E oil. Mix all the ingredients together well, spoon into a water tight container and use on your face, feet and hands daily. This is great for all skin types and is moisturizing for your skin.

Enjoy!


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