|Lemon oil, tea tree oil and lavender oil are all great additions to your healthy cleaners.|
Hydrogen peroxide kills bacteria, mold, mildew and fungus. It is non-toxic, which is safer for pets and children.
Tree oil turns out to be one of the most useful of all essential oils, especially as an antiseptic. The antiseptic, germicidal, antifungal, antibacterial immune-boosting qualities of Tea Tree oil make it applicable to a wide range of health conditions. In addition, the antiseptic benefits of the oil allow its use as a natural cleaner and disinfectant within the household environment.
Lemon oil is a wonderful disinfectant as well. It is believed that inhaling lemon oil helps in increasing concentration and alertness - we can all use that!!
As a disinfectant, lavender is effective against the bacteria causing diphtheria, pneumococcus, staphylococcus, and typhoid. Lavender oil is moderately antifungal but because it is so well tolerated, it can be applied directly on the skin, such as for athlete's foot or other fungal skin infections. It is soothing to the nervous system and a great tension reliever! We can all use that too:)
70% rubbing alcohol has antiseptic qualities that enable it to kill bacteria. It can also remove oils and grit from hard surfaces. Cleaning with isopropyl rubbing alcohol is both economical and earth-friendly.
The other cleaner I use is just plain baking soda. I put it in a container that has holes in the top and sprinkle it in my sinks and in my toilet bowl. I also clean my stainless steel pans with it. You can find the clear containers in a lot of grocery stores and even The Dollar Store. I purchase the larger size baking soda which is a super value. It is a great cleaner because it has scrubbing power without scratching surfaces, and it can deodorize and has antiseptic and disinfectant properties as well. Baking soda (or bicarbonate of soda, as it is also known) is a naturally occurring material, present in most organic life forms. It can be "made" from sodium carbonate, or soda ash. The soda ash is dissolved in a carbon dioxide rich solution, and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) precipitates out.
You can also make your own cleaning towels from cotton t-shirts. Below you will find the recipes for the cleaners and directions on how to make the cotton white cleaning towels from materials you probably already have.
Enjoy good health in your home!
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Anti-Bacterial Household Cleaner #1 (Peroxide)
Start with a 32 oz. peroxide bottle. You will need to remove half the liquid and then fill the part that has been removed with water. You will now have 16 oz. of peroxide and 16 oz. of water in the bottle.
Add: 10 drops of lemon oil (lemon is an antibacterial, deodorizer and disinfectant)
Add: 10 drops of tea tree oil (tea tree is an antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal)
Add: 5 drops or of lavender (anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and for scent purposes)
Shake before using. This cleaner is safe on any surface and even cleans mirrors.
Anti-Bacterial Household Cleaner #2 (Rubbing Alcohol)
1/4 cup 70% rubbing alcohol (anti-bacterial)
Add: 5 drops lavender essential oil (anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and for scent purposes)
Add: 3 drops of liquid dish soap
Add all ingredients to spray bottle and then add water to the 25 oz. mark.
This cleaner is safe for your granite countertops and throughout your home, including mirrors. Shake before using.
Cotton T-Shirt Cleaning Towels
You will need:
Cotton T-Shirts that you are no longer using. I like white ones, but you can actually use any color.
|Plain white t-shirt.|
|Start by cutting off the sleeves.|
|Cut off the bottom seam.|
|Measure the length and cut across the middle.|
|Cut off the top section of the t-shirt.|
|Even out the sides.|