You probably know by now that I tend to use natural products for home and beauty, and I like to avoid chemicals. There are a few reasons for avoid these chemicals, and once you understand the harmful effects of household cleaners… you will want to avoid them too! One reason is that chemicals are very harsh on sensitive skin, so if you are easily aggravated or you care for children with sensitive skin, you should have a home that is as chemical free as possible.
Another reason has to do with allergies. You just never know which of the chemicals in a cleaner or spray will aggravate someone in your family. There are allergies to natural ingredients as well, but I’ve found that the store-bought cleaners have such long lists of ingredients that it ups the odds of allergic reaction by a lot. Plus, those chemicals are terrible for your health!
The environmental impact of buying can after can of cleaner is also something to think about. Instead, you can make your own and reuse the bottles. For myself, a big reason that I avoid store bought cleaners is actually economic – I can make my own for pennies!
Disinfecting spray is the best example of an easy, natural cleaner. When I need to spray down my countertops or trash can, I used to grab a pressurized metal can disinfecting spray. But now I save money (and the environment) by making my own easy disinfectant with essential oil!
This will work with any antimicrobial oil such as lavender, tea tree or peppermint.
Just add 20 drops of essential oil. Add a teaspoon of baking soda and top the spray bottle off with water. Shake the bottle to dissolve the baking soda and then spray away.
Be sure to use this within a few days and then rinse out the bottle really well. A plastic spray bottle will eventually corrode using essential oils so replace your bottles after a year, or try to find a glass one. An alternative would be to simply make a large mixture in a glass jar and apply to countertops with a towel.
You’ll notice that this smell is much more pleasant than the store bought sprays, and it still comes with germ fighting power. Depending on the oil you use, there will be additional benefits that don’t come with the store bought brands. For example, peppermint will banish bugs from your kitchen, lavender will give you stress relief and tea tree will energize you. This can’t be said for store-bought sprays!
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