Holiday Cleaning, the All-Natural Way

It’s the holiday season. Which means shopping, wrapping, cooking, decorating, attending parties, hosting parties and cleaning. Whew. As though we don’t have enough to do already.

In previous posts I gave options for “greening” your holiday cooking, decorations and presents. Now I’d like to talk about how to clean our homes with environmentally friendly and safe for our family cleaning products. Most of them we have in our homes already.

Here are a few cleaning recipes that I’ve been trying around the house and so far, so good.

All-Purpose Cleaner
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 tbsp. baking soda
1/4 gallon (1 liter) hot water
A few drops of essential oil for scent (optional)
Mix all ingredients in a bucket, stir, and let it cool for a few minutes then pour it into a spray bottle.

Furniture Polish
1/4 cup olive oil
4 tbsp. white vinegar
2 tbsp. lemon juice
Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle. Be sure to shake well before use. If you have extra left over store it in the refrigerator because of the lemon juice. It could sour. Tip: only use this solution on unvarnished wood furniture.

Glass Cleaner
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/2 tsp. liquid soap (I love Dr. Bronners Castile Soap)
2 cups water
A few drops of essential oil (lemon cuts grease well)
Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake. Using crumpled newspaper works best to clean the surface.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner
1 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup baking soda
Mix ingredients and pour into toilet. Let it sit for a few minute, and then scrub with a toilet brush and flush.

Some essential oils I like to add for scent and disinfecting are Tea Tree oil, Lemongrass oil, Lemon or Orange oil.

Please see previous post Green Your Spring Cleaning for more natural cleaning ideas and solutions.

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