Everyone Must Clean
We clean and very soon we clean again. There are lots of chemicals that help us clean but what are they doing to our bodies and environment as we use them?
What did people do before chemical cleaning products, did they just live with dirty things? I don’t think so.
Today we will find some good natural alternatives to chemical cleansers.
Some essential oils work as great natural cleansers. Fortunately we don’t have to discover what works and what doesn’t for ourselves as someone has done that for us.
Young Living is a company that grows, distills and formulates genuine essential oil products. They have a product line called Thieves that has a nice variety of all natural cleaning products.
This is a great overall cleanser that is safe to use. There are four ingredients that I wasn’t familiar with so I had to do a little research.
Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate – This sounds scary but is really not. This is a mild, non-drying cleanser made from coconut.
Alkyl Polyglucoside is made from sugars and fatty alcohols.
Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate is another mild cleansing agent similar to sodium methyl 2-sulfolaurate
Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate is a vegetable based ingredient is commonly used as a chelating agent in personal care products. It is not a toxic chemical.
The rest of the ingredients is a proprietary blend of essential oils known as Thieves oil. This blend includes clove bud oil, lemon peel oil, cinnamon bark oil, eucalyptus leaf oil, and rosemary leaf oil and lemon peel oil.
This is a spray that is made with pure grain alcohol, deionized water, Thieves® essential oil blend, fractionated coconut oil and soy lecithin.
Eucalyptus oil is great for cleaning combs and brushes. Just mix 1½ cups water, ½ cup distilled white vinegar, and 20 drops of one of these oils together in a container and soak the combs and brushes for about 20 minutes. Rinse them with water and leave them to dry.
Tea-tree oil is great for scuffed floors. Just apply a 2 to 4 drops of oil to the spots and rub in distilled white vinegar. You can also use 2 teaspoons tea-tree oil and 2 cups water in a spray bottle to clean toilets.
Orange oil is great at removing gum encrusted items from various materials. Apply with a cotton ball.
Lemon oil is great for shower doors. Wipe glass doors with a few drops of lemon oil twice a month. It will protect them from grime buildup.
Lavender or lemongrass oil is great for cleaning windows. Use a mixture of 2 ounces water and 10 drops of either oil. These oils may repel flies.
Other Natural Cleansers
Liquid Castile Soap is a gentle plant-based soap that is great for loosening dirt and grime from surfaces. This can be used for floors, marble counter tops, sinks, showers and ceramic tile among other things.
Borax is a white mineral found in some alkaline salt deposits, used in making glass and ceramics, as a metallurgical flux, and as an antiseptic. This is one of the ingredients in the Happy Healthy Living laundry soap and can be used for a variety of cleaning projects. It also is quite alkaline and kills mold and fungus.
Vinegar is a great cleanser and is used often for cleaning tarnished items, soap scum and mineral deposits in coffee makers, drains, floors, glassware and more. Distilled white vinegar can help inhibit the growth of mold, mildew, and some bacteria.
Baking Soda is another very common natural cleanser. Use baking soda when you need an abrasive cleanser. Common applications are the cleaning of garage floors, garden tools, stove burner grates, deodorizer for refrigerator and upholstery, and scuffed walls just to name a few.
Salt can be used as a cleanser. Table salt is great for absorbing spills like wine on the carpet, oven spills and excess grease in pots and pans.
As you can see there are many natural alternatives to harsh chemical cleansers that are inexpensive and have a variety of uses. We would love to hear what you like to use as a natural cleaning product. Please leave your comments below and connect with us on Facebook.