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Use Toxin Free Cleaners
- Multi-purpose: Mix 2 tbsp of concentrate per 24 oz. of water.
- Bathrooms: Mix 3 tbsp of concentrate per 24 oz. of water.
- Dishes: Mix 3 tbsp of concentrate per gallon of water.
- Tough Jobs: Apply concentrate directly on designated area and let soak. (Avoid direct use on hardwood and natural stone.)
DIY Your Cleaning Products
If you've got the time (and it really doesn't take much), I highly recommend DIY cleaning products. It is so inexpensive and cost can be a drawback for commercially available green cleaners. It just takes a few basic ingredients and you are all set. Check out our Healthy Home | DIY Cleaners for recipes that will keep your home clean while minimizing toxic load.
Clean With Essential Oils
Certain essential oils have powerful cleansing and purifying abilities. Lemon, Grapefruit, Thyme, On Guard Protective Blend, and Purify Cleansing Blend will all safely and effectively clean your home. And, they leave your home smelling fresh instead of like chemicals.
Use Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
They are effective, reusable, and enable you to cut down on or eliminate paper towel use. I understand that convenience will take priority sometimes, but when tackling big jobs like spring cleaning, using cloth can make a big difference when it comes to waste.
Remember the 3 R's
Reduce, reuse, recycle. Keep these guidelines in mind while you are cleaning and decluttering. Before you get rid of anything, see if you can find a way to reuse it around the house. Donate or recycle items that you are not going to keep instead of sending them to the landfill.
What's your favorite essential oil DIY for cleaning? I like to have my Super Easy Surface Cleaner on hand at all times.