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The best cleaning products can be created with products you already have in your house!

Spring is here and you know what that means – cleaning season! There’s something about the fresh air and open windows that makes us want a fresh, clean home. 

But did you know most of our household products contain harsh chemicals that could be making you sick? Even products advertised as “green” or “natural” may contain ingredients that can cause health problems.

Ditch the chemicals by making these simple swaps with homemade cleaning solutions. I promise they will help you achieve a sparkling spring clean with ingredients from around the house.

Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

  • 1/2 c white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp baking soda
  • 10 drops of tea tree, lavender, or lemon essential oil (for their disinfectant properties)

Mix the vinegar, essential oils and a little water before adding baking soda in a clean spray bottle (glass is best). Then fill to the top with water. Gently shake to mix ingredients, and then spray, wipe with a cloth, and allow it to dry.

Disinfectant Wipes

  • 2 cups rubbing alcohol (70% or higher)
  • 1 tsp Dawn dish soap
  • 20 drops Simple Clean Essential Oil Blend

Other supplies you’ll need to include a quart-size Mason-type jar along with a stack of cleaning cloths or rags. Mix the ingredients in the jar and soak the clothes in the solution. Wipe and allow to dry to get surfaces disinfected easily and affordably.

Dusting cleaner

  • ½ cup of water
  • ¼ cup of vinegar
  • 2 tsp of olive oil
  • Your choice of 10-15 drops of essential oil (lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, orange)

Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and use as needed. Be sure to mix before each use as water and oil won’t stay mixed very long. The vinegar helps cut through grease and grime, the olive oil leaves wood shiny, and the essential oils leave a refreshing smell!

Do you want to learn more about how cleaning supplies and household products affect health? Check out the American Lung Association.

Curious about cleansing? Check out this article on how to green your cleaning routine.


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