As with many of the healthy changes in my life, this one was inspired by having a baby around the house. As I write this she is sleeping, but when she’s up she’s into EVERYTHING! She crawls all over, pulls herself up to a standing position with anything she gets hers hands on, and just discovered how to open cabinets yesterday.
Anything that could be a safety issue for her (such as plastic bags), I keep out of reach. Besides those I am just teaching her not to touch certain things. Anyway, household cleaners are a part of every home, and most of them are quite toxic to little kids who don’t know not to put them in their mouth. Sometimes they may not get put away, or your clever child just finds a way to get to them. Either way, it’s best to not have to worry about having cleaners around.
That’s why I created this recipe for an all-natural, non-toxic, multi-purpose cleaner that works! This is the only spray cleaner that I keep around my house, and it works for everything I’ve tried it on. The essential oils in it are even antibacterial!
This recipe is not toxic like store-bought cleaners, but obviously don’t allow children (or anyone, including animals) to play with or ingest it either. While not toxic, essential oils are very concentrated and should be used appropriately.
A note on washing soda:
Don’t have any? That’s okay, if you have baking soda! Here’s what I do: Pour some baking soda on a cookie sheet (You can either just make what you need, or make a lot and then store some). Bake at 400°f for about an hour. Done! Why does this work?
Penny at Penniless Parenting describes it, “The difference between baking soda and washing soda is water and carbon dioxide. Seriously. Baking soda’s chemical makeup is NaHCO3 (1 sodium, 1 hydrogen, one carbon, and 3 oxygen molecules). Washing soda’s chemical makeup is Na2CO3 (2 sodium, 1 carbon, and 3 oxygen molecules). When baking soda is heated up to high temperatures, it breaks down to become washing soda, water steam, and carbon dioxide.”
To make sure your baking soda has really become washing soda, just sift through it a bit. Washing soda is more grainy and dull whereas baking soda is fine/powdery and sort of shiny. Stirring it a bit once or twice while it bakes helps to accomplish this evenly.
-1/2 tsp Washing Soda
-1 tsp Castile Soap (in the natural section at most grocery stores)
-10 drops Essential Oils (I like Lemon and Lavender)
-2 cups distilled or boiled (and cooled) water
Just combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle (you can reuse an old bottle if you wash it out well. Or pick up an empty one from the store for a few dollars). Shake well and put it to use!