I love having a clean house. With the craziness of life, however, it’s rarely clean, and don’t get started on the doldrums of the task in the first place. First, I have to go out and buy the chemicals which always smell and make my eyes water. Seriously, cleaning chemicals make me very dizzy. Next comes the part where I have to find some rubber gloves or if I can’t then I’m putting my hands into the harsh chemicals. Lastly, I get to get right down next to that tub or bowl to scrub and get all that good noxious chemical aroma into my lungs and then everything is clean. Rinse. Repeat next week. Right?
Wrong!!! Cleaning the house doesn’t have to feel like such a chore, and it certainly doesn’t have to stink. Why not try making some of your own natural cleaners for your house to make the place sparkle naturally and with wellness for yourself and your family? You can choose essential oils that will make cleaning seem like a pleasure. I love seeing a nice shiny toilet bowl that gleams in the light and yet I do not like smelling one that has been cleaned using harsh detergents. I’ve learned to associate that pungent chemical smell as a good thing because it means the bathroom is clean.
Let’s try using something that smells great and reprogram what aromas trigger that clean feeling for us. For a toilet cleaner- take 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup of white vinegar, and then 10 drops of tea tree essential oil and 4 drops of lemon essential oil and mix them all together. Dump that into the bowl and scrub with your bowl scrubber until clean, flush and you’re done.
Dish duty getting you down? I like to mix up a dish washing soap that doesn’t roughen the skin of my hands and it makes the chore more delightful. Get a squirt bottle, a 16 or 20 oz will do, or even your old dish soap bottle that has been completely rinsed clean and fill it with castile soap (try Dr. Bronner’s) Add 15 drops of lemon essential oil, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, and 6 drops of mandarin essential oil. Make sure you shake it well every time you use it, and you only need a tablespoon or two to wash a sink full of dishes!
So give making your own cleaning products a try. I may just make this into a helpful hints from the toilet wand fairy-type column if anyone has a real interest. There are so many, many ways to make your own cleaning products cheaper and healthier than anything you can buy in the chemical aisle at Target.