Going Natural, Part 4: Cleaning the house

Going Natural, Part 4: Cleaning the house

Going Natural, Part 4: Cleaning the house

green leafThis post is the last part in a series of 4 posts that offer tips and tricks on how to make the switch to natural, organic products in your home, personal care and for your family. Today’s post will cleaning your home safely and eco-consciously.

Part 1 is available here

Part 2 is available here

Part 3 is available here

I am a BIG believer in the power of vinegar and baking soda. For the past 4 years, I have cleaned my house almost exclusively with these two ingredients, either on their own, or within a Do-It-Yourself product. Here I share a few of my fave recipes for DIY cleaning products. These are all recipes I got from the Internet and adapted to my own needs.

All-Purpose Cleaning Solution

  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of borax
  • 4 drops of orange or lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 2 cups of hot water
Combine all the ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well. And voilà!

Window and Mirror Cleaner

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water

Mix in a spray bottle and use with a glass-cleaning cloth.

Oven Cleaner

  • 5 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 3 drops of liquid castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner)
  • 4 tablespoons of white vinegar

Mix the ingredients into a thick paste. Use a sponge to apply to the inside of the oven and then scrub. Rinse thoroughly and wipe the oven clean. I usually do this after I’ve used my oven’s auto-clean function, but it’ll work on its own and is much safer than icky oven cleaner!

Ceramic, Linoleum and Wood Floors

  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar
  • 3 1/2 cups of water
  • 3-4 drops of liquid castile soap

Pour into a spray bottle and use to spray floors and mop. If you use a bucket, use 1 cup of white vinegar to 4L of water.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Sprinkle baking soda inside the bowl. Squeeze a couple of drops of castile soap. Scrub with a toilet brush. Done.

I also use products by Attitude for some things like dish washing soap and laundry soap. All their products are seriously awesome and are EcoLogo certified. They are not easy to come by in Ontario, but they are available in the Attitude online store. They are also supposed to be made available on Well.ca soon, so stay tuned!

I hope some of these will come in handy for you.

Don’t hesitate to share your own recipes in the comments!

Aurelie Barbe
Aurélie is a Marketing and Communications Officer at the University of Ottawa. She is also a mom to a cute little boy named Samuel, born in December 2011. Aurélie likes to read, watch sitcoms, run and do yoga. She also blogs (when she finds the time) and tweets with the handle @aurelielb.

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