I used to wear a mask and gloves to clean my house because the fumes from the ammonia and other chemicals in my cleaners (popular brand names you see in just about every household) would set off my asthma and irritate my skin. That still didn't stop them from irritating my eyes and making me worry about my toothbrush coming in contact with the chemical residue on my bathroom counter. When I got pregnant, I started thinking much more seriously about what I was exposing myself and my soon-to-be child to on a daily basis. Let's face it, kids put their mouths on everything and who wants to worry about them ingesting ammonia, bleach, or some other nasty thing?
I started doing research into the ingredients in some popular multi-purpose cleaners and I was horrified by what I found. Even so-called green cleaners contain ingredients that, on top of irritating your skin, eyes, and lungs, leave behind residues that we absorb through our skin. These toxins interfere with our hormone balance, cause birth defects, cancer, and even death if ingested. Why are we coating our living spaces, especially our food preparation areas, with poison?! If my child gets into my cleaning cabinet and ingests something, I don't have to call Poison Control. At worst, I just have to wait out a stomach ache and make more cleaner. These cleaners are totally safe for expectant mothers as well.
I know, I know. The question on your lips is, "yeah, but do these homemade cleaners really work?" The answer is a resounding, YES! Not only do they work well, they work much better and don't damage your furniture like the harsh surfactants in store-bought cleaning formulas. So, green your clean and be healthier, protect your family, save money, and get your house cleaner without damage. You will actually be getting an aromatherapy treatment while you clean and your family will reap the benefits for hours afterward. What more is there to think about?
Here are some basic recipes to help your make over your cleaning cabinet.
1/2 c. Water
1/2 c. White Vinegar
1/4 c. Fresh lemon juice
3-5 drops dōTERRA Lemongrass essential oil (other great oil choices are On Guard, Purify, Lemon, or Wild Orange)
Pour all ingredients into a clean spray bottle (glass is best if you are using citrus oils and NEVER reuse an old spray bottle that once contained chemical cleaners), shake gently, and use on any surface. Shake gently before each use. Lemongrass has a lovely, clean smell and is naturally antibiotic, antiviral, and antifungal. This formula smells so good that now I actually look forward to cleaning!
1 part Water
1 part White Vinegar
3-5 drops dōTERRA Purify essential oil blend (also try Lemon or On Guard blend)
Pour all ingredients into a clean spray bottle (glass is best if you are using citrus oils and NEVER reuse an old spray bottle that once contained chemical cleaners), shake gently, and use on any surface. Shake gently before each use. The Purify essential oil blend has a lovely, clean smell and is a natural disinfectant. If you like a "pine fresh" scent when you clean, this oil blend will satisfy.
*There are many brands, both less expensive and more costly than dōTERRA, of essential oils on the market. In my experience using many of these brands, the dōTERRA oils are of the highest quality. Each oil is sourced organically from the parent plant’s country and region of origin (and/or region best suited for cultivation) and distilled with the highest standards of purity and safety. There is currently no regulatory purity rating system in place for essential oils. In order to ensure the highest product standards, dōTERRA registered its own trademark, Certified Therapeutic Grade™. This is currently the highest rating for purity and safety of essential oils in the world, and only dōTERRA offers oils of this grade. The dōTERRA oils are the only essential oils on the market suitable for internal use.
**The information contained in this website is not intended to replace the advice of a physician. If in doubt, please consult your healthcare professional before using any of the ingredients or suggestions in our blog. The author makes a concerted effort to list any possible allergens contained in the recipes on this site, but everybody is unique. If you know you have or think you may have an allergy or sensitivity to any ingredient, please be responsible and do your own research prior to use and/or consult your doctor.