Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes

Once your baby starts crawling, getting things“clean” takes on a whole new meaning. For many moms, leaving chemical residue on every surface from conventional cleaners just doesn’t cut it. Special, non-toxic cleaners that are “specially designed” to be used to clean baby toys, high chairs, and other baby items can be expensive. These non-toxic cleaning recipes keep all the toxins out of your home and keeps money in your pocket. All you need is a spray bottle.

Here are some of my favorites:

All-purpose cleaner. This is one I always have on hand, and I use it for almost everything from baby toys to cleaning the bathrooms and kitchen counter: mix 2 parts water, 1 part white vinegar, 10 drops tea tree essential oil, and 10 drops sweet orange essential oil.

Wood-safe furniture polish. Store this in a 16 oz. spray bottle and use with a soft rag to polish furniture. Mix 1 cup olive oil and 25 drops essential oil of your choice – whichever smell you like the best. I happen to like citrus oils for this. Pour the mixture into the spray bottle and then fill the rest of the bottle with water.

Carpet Deodorizer. Mix this up in a bowl right before you plan on using it and sprinkle it all over your carpets before vacuuming. If you can, let it sit for a while to give the baking soda more time to soak up odor. All you need is 1 cup baking soda and 10 drops of your favorite essential oil.

Floor Cleaner for tile, linoleum, or vinyl only, not wood. I actually use this in a spray bottle sometimes, as well around the kitchen for quick spills. Mix together ¼ cup castile soap, ½ cup white vinegar, 20 drops tea tree essential oil, and 20 drops of your favorite essential oil fragrance. If you want it for a spray bottle, fill the rest of the bottle with water. To do the floors, simply pour the entire mixture into 2 gallons of hot water.

Jacqueline Banks is a certified Holistic Health Counselor focused on nutrition and green living strategies. She works with women in all stages of motherhood, from mothers struggling with conception, through pregnancy, lactation and beyond to ensure the best health and nutrition for both mother and baby.

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