My journey with clean beauty started when I read about all the junk lurking in basically every product I used in my daily routine. I’d just found out I was pregnant, and was on a mission to purge harmful toxins from my life. Everything from my lipsticks to my cleaning products were packed with toxic crap. So, I threw everything out and looked for better alternatives. If I couldn’t find a clean option, I made it myself, which meant I was mixing up my own cleaning products like a mad scientist in my kitchen. Eight years later, I haven’t gone back to traditional cleaning products. It took a lot of failed experiments, but I’ve finally found the tried-and-true workhorses that will always live under my kitchen sink.
All Purpose Citrus Vinegar
Take juiced oranges, grapefruits, lemons, or limes and steep in regular old white vinegar for a week or two. Add a few drops of lemon essential oil to boost the scent, pour some in a spray bottle, and fill to the top with water. I never measure, but you are looking for about one third vinegar to two thirds water. Spritz on everything including veggies (it helps remove waxes and pesticides!), countertops, bathroom sinks--you get the idea.
Baking Soda Bathroom Scrub
I swear this works better than soft scrub. Simply add baking soda and hydrogen peroxide in a jar to make a light paste. Again, I don't measure, but you want something that is the consistency of soft scrub. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil and scrub away. Your tub will be shiny and bright. The paste will keep for a while, so make extra.
Wood Floor Cleaner
Add a splash of the citrus vinegar you made, a few drops of unscented Dr. Bronner's liquid castile soap, and filtered water to a squeeze bottle. Add a little balsam essential oil for a classic scent (mmm... Christmas). Spritz on your floors and wipe up with a microfiber cloth. Easy, inexpensive, and healthy for you and your family.
Bar Soap Spot Remover
I don't make bar soap, but Dr. Bronner's Pure Castille Bar Soap is in my cleaning arsenal. A beloved older lady who helped me with my babies (I couldn't have survived without you, Alma!) showed me this trick, and it has saved my wardrobe many times. On a major stain (think ink from a pen, blood, baby poop--you get the idea), use warm water and a bar of soap and work on the stain. Rub the soap on the stain, then rub the fabric together, rinse, repeat. Do this until the stain is just about gone. Then, put the fabric in the bright sun to dry. No more stain. Almost any bar soap will work, but try to look for one made without dyes. Recently, I thought my favorite white canvas Elizabeth Suzanne jacket was a total loss after I accidentally left a blue pen in the wash. It came out tie-dyed. I did the above, and got it all out. I was soooo happy.
These are pretty simple solutions that have worked for my family. They are easy, inexpensive, and they actually work. The best part: keeping the house clean while avoiding toxic chemicals and single-use plastic containers. Give them a shot and let me know what works for you!