The Journey to Green Cleaning
Until I embraced my mission on earth to live naturally, I just didn’t clean.
I am not crazy about admitting this, but I bet I am healthier than my counterparts who did and burned their noses and lungs and poisoned their bodies by inhaling toxic fumes.
The quickest way into the body is through our nasal passages. Let me give you an example: oxygen.
Remember when uninformed housewives were unintentionally killing themselves by mixing bleach and ammonia? The deadly combo creates Mustard Gas—a poison used effectively in World War II.
No, instead of cleaning, I sat around and sulked while looking at the mess and feeling sorry for myself: I could have a clean house and kill myself with toxic chemicals or I can live in a dirty house. For some reason, I didn’t think there was an alternative to dirt or deathly fumes. Duh! What about all of the natural cleaning products you can make from natural products around your home?
It turns out that, while I was onto the truth and was smart enough to protect myself, I had to break the brainwashing by our consumerist culture that says that mass produced products cornered the market on clean.
Do you want a clean home but can’t stand the harshness of store-bought cleaners? Natural Mama to the rescue!
I clean using green cleaning products created from natural ingredients found around my home: borax, baking soda, vinegar, liquid soap. I add citrus essential oils like lemon, wild orange, and grapefruit for an invigorating smell that is better than the synthetic febreeze. The citrus family essential oils are natural cleansing agents and are naturally astringent and antiseptic. My home smells wonderfully clean without the synthetic and overpowering smell of toxic cleaners.
DIY Green Household Cleaners
“All-natural bathroom cleaners are available at stores, but they can be difficult to find. It is possible to create natural bathroom cleaner using non-toxic household ingredients. Use these steps for various homemade bathroom cleaner recipes:
Make a basin, tub and tile cleaner.
- Pour 1 and a half cups (192g) of baking soda into a spray bottle.
- Add a half cup (118.3mL) of liquid soap, a half cup (118.3mL) of water and 2 tbsp (29.6mL) of white vinegar.
- Close the top of the bottle and shake vigorously to mix the ingredients.
- Spray the area to be cleaned and scrub with a towel or sponge.
- Pour a half cup (113.4g) of Borax and a half cup (118.3mL) of white vinegar into a shallow bowl.
- Stir the mixture until it makes a thick paste.
- Apply the recipe onto mold or mildew with a cleaning brush and scrub. Allow the paste to sit on the mildew for 1 hour before rinsing it off.
Sanitize the floor.
- Fill a bucket with at least 2 gallons (7.57L) of very hot water and a half cup (113.4g) of Borax.
- Wipe the floor with a mop soaked in the mixture. Do not rinse the floor with water; allow the Borax mixture to set.
Create drain cleaner.
- Put a half cup (64g) of baking soda into the drain. Follow that by pouring 1 cup (236.6mL) of white vinegar down the drain.
- Wait for a reaction between the 2 components. The vinegar will cause the baking soda to fizz.
- Allow it to fizz for at least 15 minutes, and then pour a saucepan of boiling water down the drain.
- Repeat this process more than once if the drain is still clogged or emits an odor.
Produce scouring powder.
- Mix 1 cup (128g) of baking soda, 1 cup (128g) of Borax and 1 cup (128g) of salt into a small jar or container.
- Sprinkle the powder on a specific area to be scoured and scrub with a sponge. Scouring powder is a particularly abrasive cleaning substance that can easily remove grime and residue.
Create toilet bowl cleaner.
- Pour 1/4 cup (32g) of baking soda into the toilet bowl followed by a 1/4 cup (59mL) of white vinegar.
- Allow the mixture to sit in the bowl for a half hour before scrubbing with a toilet bowl brush and flushing.
Make glass/window cleaner.
- Blend 1/4 cup (59mL) of white vinegar with at least 3 cups (710mL) of warm water in a spray bottle.
- Shake the bottle well and spray the glass or window. Wipe the surface with a dry towel.”