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Spring Cleaning Is Here: 8 Must-Have Natural Ingredients That Will Help Get The Job Done

lemonsqueeze For the most part we can’t control outdoor air pollution, but inside our own homes, we can control what we are exposed to on a daily basis. There are a lot of home cleaners out there that claim to be non toxic, but still contain many volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and other harmful ingredients such as artificial fragrance, phthalates and formaldehyde. Making your own cleaning products is an easy way to take control of your personal environment by improving your indoor air quality, eliminate hazardous ingredients that could poison children or animals, and keep chemicals from entering the water supply. Fortunately, you may already have some of the ingredients you need for most DIY cleaning. And if you don’t, they are easy to get because you can buy them at your local grocery or convenience store.

Baking Soda

You may have baking soda in your fridge to cut down on odor, but it does a lot more than that. Baking soda is great at scouring stubborn surfaces like tub or tile. It can be used by itself or mixed with castile soap for tough spots. Be sure to by the natural stuff and avoid the cheap stuff that has been heavily chemically processed. Then make this rockstar tile and tub cleaner from PopSugar.

Distilled White Vinegar

White vinegar is one of the most versatile ingredients in DIY home cleaning, it cuts grease, disinfects, removes stains and removes residue. It’s the perfect ingredient for an all-purpose cleaner is tough on any hard surfaces in your home that need some TLC. Check out this great all-purpose cleaner recipe from Wellness Mama.

Essential Oils

Environmental Working Group found that 75 percent of products that list fragrance as an ingredient contain phthalates, a hormone-disrupting chemical. If you get allergy type symptoms when you are around artificial fragrance sprays, you may have fragrance sensitivity and using essential oils to make your cleaning products smell the way you like is the ideal alternative. Lemon and Tea Tree essential oil are great additions to cleaning products because of their antibacterial properties and lavender is a calming and refreshing choice for any room. Check out this window cleaner recipe from Aura Cacia! lemon

Castile Soap

Castile soap is a made with plant oils and without animal products or chemical detergents. Castile soap cleans gently while still cutting through grease. It is fragrance free so you can make it smell however you’d like with your choice of essential oils and use it in your all-purpose cleaner recipe or even as a body wash. Care2 has recipes for 12 awesome sues of castile soap.

Lemon Juice

Organic lemon juice is the gift from nature that keeps on giving. There are many uses for this fresh ingredient such as scrubbing grout, fix discolored brass and enhance DIY dish soap with its degreaser properties. It kills mold and mildew and shines hard surfaces while smelling great. Good Girl Gone Green has some lemon recipes for floor cleaner and wood polisher! melcleans

Olive Oil

Olive oil is always a great go to for cooking, but that’s not all it can do. It can replace toxic oils that you would usually use to lubricate a squeaky door, or bring a silence steel sink to a super shine. It’s also a go to ingredient for polishing wood furniture (if you want a lemon scent like you are used to, you can add some lemon essential oil). Check out these 6 easy ways to clean with olive oil from Apartment Therapy.  

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is known for its ability to be helpful in almost every situation, and that is also true in cleaning. You can mix coconut oil with baking soda to make a stain remover, use it to remove labels and their residue, rust and to polish bronze. It can also be very useful for personal cleaning, check out these awesome coconut oil uses from Organic Authority.

Citric Acid

Citric acid is derived from crystallized fruit sugars. It is a natural preservative, so it prevents water hardness and water spots as well as creating foam, which makes it useful in soaps and laundry detergents. Homemade dishwasher detergent works great with this recipe from Six Figures Under. Now that you have the list of must-have spring cleaning ingredients, you can make your own cleaning products with super simple recipes on our website. It’s easy to take control of your indoor air quality when you know exactly what is going into your products, if you want to rate your existing products you visit the EWG cleaning products database and see if your cleaners pass the toxin test. group

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Monica Schrock is a passionate non-toxic lifer and has her own non-toxic, vegan and cruelty-free skin care company, Bare Bones Body Care. You will most likely catch her drinking coffee, playing basketball, reading comics or laughing uncontrollably.
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  1. M. Fabiani says:

    I am aware that a mixture of baking soda and some essential oil is a very good DIY cleaner that can be used in the kitchen or some other places in your home. But I really liked your tip about the coconut oil and its usage instead of beauty products. It is one of my favorite smells and I can’t wait to prepare some coconut scrub or lotion by myself. I am sure the result is going to be awesome. Thanks a lot for this great tip!

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