I’m a big believer in going herbal when it comes to cleaning house!
Most of the so-called “cleaning” products that are around the house are loaded with toxic chemicals that wreak havoc on our bodies. Take a look under your sink and plug your products into the Environmental Working Groups website and see how they rank in terms of healthiness! It’s terrifying then completely empowering! You can then use their website as a guide to find replacements, or even better, make your own cleaners!
I’m so excited to share a few of my favorite natural cleaning methods with you! Changing the way we clean house has been huge in my health + well being. We noticed a difference with my breathing RIGHT away and our general attitude towards cleaning. The days of suiting up in gloves and a bandana over mouth and nose are long gone. No more light-headed from toxic fumes… ‘open a window cause I’m going in!’ Now it’s all ‘mmmm, that smells nice!’ Essential oils give these DIY projects a big boost!
Essential Oils 101
Essential oils are aromatic substances are distilled or extracted from plants + fruits. They are thought to contain the prana (life force energy) of the plant and provide us with their magical therapeutic powers that we can use on + in our bodies and throughout our homes.
Different parts of the plants offer different properties:
Flowers: uplift spirits + calm hearts & minds + soothe the nervous system
Leaves: cleansing + clearing + healing
Roots: grounding (makes sense!) + nourishing + sedating
Resins: relieve pain + heal bodily tissues + remove impurities
Woods & Barks: imbue the qualities of structure & support + provide deep inner & outer healing
One way to fill your house with the healing influences of essential oils is simply to use a diffuser. Move it around the house, put it next to your bed when reading- it’s heavenly!
These are some of my faves:
Tea Tree – antibiotic + fungicide + very cleansing
Lavender – very safe! neutralizer + balances bacteria levels in air. This is THE essential oil to use if you’re on a budget. You only need a little bit of the plant to get a lot of oil so it’s a really cost effective way to begin adding essential oils to your world.
Lemon – uplifting + antiseptic + promotes mental clarity
Eucalyptus – space clearing + antiseptic + deodorizer
Rose – soothes the heart + reduces anger + enhances feeling of connection. Rose essential oil is decadent (and pricey)! It takes approximately 30 rose buds to produce 1 drop of essential oil!
When I first started using essential oils I thought they were SO expensive, but then I realized just how far those little bottles go and the sticker shock wore off. It is important to choose high quality essential oils.
Meet your secret weapons!
Baking soda + lemon juice (or salt) are excellent for scouring! I use lemon peels + baking soda to clean our sink + bathtubs. It’s one of my favorite chores because the result is so satisfying!
1 cup of vinegar in rinse cycle of dishwasher removes water stains on glasses and silverware
Air fresheners are some the worst offenders! They fill the air with pollutants and powerful neurotoxins! Before company comes over I put a pot on the stove and boil water with:
-1 lemon, sliced, 5 sprigs rosemary + 2 tsp vanilla
-cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange peels
fill stock pot with 2/3 full with water, let simmer all day long adding extra water as needed.
Everyone always comments on how nice it smells!
This is a super important one because what you are putting down the drain goes right back out into our environment in a big way. Instead: Put ½ cup of baking soda down the drain (sink or shower). Pour down ½ cup white vinegar and cover up the drain hole so the fizziness goes down the pipes. Wait a couple minutes and then add another ½ cup of vinegar. While you are letting it sit for about 15 minutes, boil 1 gallon of water and then dump that down the drain. All clear!
What are some of your favorite ways to clean naturally?
To your healthy, fresh home!
Contributed by Lacy Young, Health Coach
Images by Lacy Young
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