My mom taught me her ways. As a farm girl from rural Wisconsin in the time of outhouses, pump water, one room school houses, and house calls from the ONE county doctor, she knew how to take care of virtually everything with whatever she had around. I learned about mud on bee stings, hot milk soaked bread to pull out splinters, and the virtues of vinegar for everything as the norms of life. I love that I learned so much from my surroundings in my young years. As I became an adult, I left behind all the farm girl virtues I had been taught for whatever I could buy that had pretty packaging and lofty promises.
I went back to “nature” when slicing the budget because I chose to spend money on experiences versus the pretty packaging I had previously turned to. My natural ways all worked well but I did not turn to them for health reasons, so I wasn’t married to the idea of natural cleaners or personal care products.
And then last year, I decided to learn and teach others the virtues of natural cleansers (because I had heard they were important). I learned that virtually all cleaners found in your grocery aisle are indeed so toxic that they cannot even be used by industrial sites, hospitals, or restaurants without hazmat suits. However, as household consumers, we are perfectly able to purchase them for our home.
I often purchased the “green” version of grocery store cleaners for my home thinking that I was making a good choice. And then when I was researching for myself, I learned that these so-called “green” cleaners were just as bad as the original ones – the marketing for the companies know that families are looking for healthier alternatives and when we those of us who haven’t done our own research buy items, reaching for the green version would catch our eyes.
I found the following article posted on the American Lung Association’s website that I felt was a great unbiased source that made my conviction strong. I am so thrilled that I have officially rid my home of all toxic cleaners.
There is honestly very little that cannot be cleaned without vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice. I have found other items that appeal to me for a few reasons – one is cost, another is smell, and yet another is convenience. I simply hated the smell of vinegar for all my cleaning. I have since found Thieves cleaner to make my cleaning supplies with – it smells divine and it’s honestly even cheaper than vinegar because it uses such a small amount of the concentrate to make the cleaners.
How I use Natural Cleaners and Scents in My Home:
For A Good Smelling Home: I diffuse natural blends of essential oils for pleasing aromas which also have great health benefits.
For my bathroom: All-Purpose Cleaner, Glass Cleaner, and Soft Scrub made from Thieves concentrate, Norwex rags, cotton rags, and a scrub brush.
For dusting: Thieves All-Purpose Cleaner and Norwex Rags
For carpet: Thieves All-Purpose Cleaner
For windows: Thieves Glass Cleaner or my Norwex Rags
For clean-up on a counter after cutting meat: Thieves all-purpose cleaner
EVERY item above can be used by a toddler to help you clean with not one concern for their health or safety!