Make Your Own NonToxic Cleaners

The calender says February, it feels more like April. I have the kitchen and bathroom windows open, enjoying the warm breeze. It’s a good day to tackle the kitchen. The counters and appliances had a real workout during the holidays. I’ll do a little early spring cleaning this morning and have it out of the way.

No bleach or pine cleaners in this house. I never cared much for the smell. Phony chemical odors never say “clean” to me. All commercial cleaners are toxic, and not good for you or the environment.

So easy to whip up your own natural cleaners from simple ingredients. My favorite is 4 -Thieves Cleaner. Here are the directions and the ingredients I use.

In a large non – aluminum sauce pan add the following: 2 tablespoons each, dried orange peel, rosemary, spearmint, eucalyptus leaves, thyme, lavender and 1 piece of cinnamon bark.
Slowly pour in two quarts of warm water. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a simmer. Remove the pan from the heat and cover it. Allow the mixture to steep until cool. Have ready 2 quart mason jars. Pour the liquid through a fine mesh strainer into the jars. Cap the jars and store them in a cool place.

When you’re ready to use it, add 1/4 cup of the mixture to a gallon bucket filled with hot water. Add 2 or 3 drops of liquid dish detergent. The dish detergent will help disperse the solution.

Use a small sponge or cloth and dip it in the mixture. Slightly wring out the cloth or sponge. Wipe down walls, floors, pet areas, sinks, toilets, counter tops. No rinsing is necessary. What a wonderful fragrance ! A citrusy – cinnamon scent that lingers all day. Without the use of harsh chemicals, your home is clean and disinfected. 4 T Cleaner kills common germs on surfaces, and is safe to use arounds pets. If you prefer to use the infusion/solution in a spray bottle, add 1/4 cup to a small spray bottle and fill with water. You can spray shopping carts, toys, doorknobs, the bottoms of shoes, etc.

water-vinegar

For cleaning windows, chrome, glass, fill a spray bottle with half water and half distilled white vinegar. For a lint free finish, use unbleached coffee filters instead of paper towels.

~ Meadow Walker

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