We spend most of our time at home, so it should promote our best health. That means having clean air and limiting toxins. It's easier than you think.
Simple all-Natural Cleaners & Air Fresheners
The easiest way you can make your home healthier and more natural is by ditching all of your brand name cleaners that contain toxic chemicals. Hint- it's all of them. Here's a list of the bad stuff.
As you run out of your current cleaners, switch them out for all-natural cleaners and air fresheners you can make yourself with basic ingredients.
Reuse your empty bottles, mix up a big batch for the month, and clean without fear. It's easy and saves time, money, your health and the planet's too.
My 3 Go-To Formulas for Natural Cleaning & Freshening
This is the cleaner I use for sanitizing counters, cleaning sinks and tubs, window washing and scrubbing floors. It's strong, will cut grease because of the lemon oil and will disinfect with the lavender oil. Repurpose an old spray bottle or buy bottles here.
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 3 tsp dish detergent (optional)
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- 3 drops lavender essential oil
Natural Hand Sanitizer
Mix a big batch of natural hand sanitizer and store in a mason jar so you have it on hand to refill your smaller bottles. Just reuse the small purse bottles of the brand name sanitizer and fill with your new healthy mixture.
- 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
- 1/2 teaspoon glycerine
- 1 Tablespoon of rubbing alcohol
- 10 drops of tea tree oil
- 10-20 drops other essential oil (I like orange, lavender and peppermint)
Natural Room Spray
Find a few small or medium sized glass bottles with misters - find them in the beauty section in stores like Winners or a natural health store (use up what comes in them or empty them), or buy amber glass misting bottles here. Fill them up to have on hand in bathroom and bedrooms for a natural and calming way to freshen the air.
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 tbls rubbing alcohol or vodka
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops lemon essential oil
- 5 drops rosemary essential oil (or other favourite essential oil)
- Don't use vinegar on granite or marble countertops as it will etch them over time. Switch out the vinegar for rubbing alcohol instead.
- Try good ol' baking soda for scrubbing tough grime and build-up on counters, stoves, sinks and showers.
- Lemon essential oil is great for grease and goo like that leftover from tape or price tags.
Natural Beauty Products
A healthy, natural life includes using products that are good for our bodies and good for the environment. Switching to natural, organic products is easier when you know what to try. As you run out of your current products, restock with these ones that I use and highly recommend.
Facial care (cleanser, eye lotion, day and night cream): Skin Essence Organics
Hand and body cream: Lavender Shea Butter from Carriage 44
Lip balm: Burt's Bees Ultra Conditioning
Tinted moisturizer, bronzer, blush, eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara from DeVita.
Shampoo and Conditioner: Live Clean - available at national food and drug stores
Deodorant, Toothpaste, Mouthwash: Tom's of Maine - available at national food and drug stores
Want to dive deeper into switching to a natural and sustainable home?
My 27-page guide will walk you through it.
It includes printable labels and formulas for 9 different natural DIY cleaners, PLUS a natural stain remover cheatsheet pretty enough to post in your laundry room for quick reference. It also goes into details about non-toxic and sustainable furniture, decorating and more.