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How I Clean My Home

April 14, 2017

‘Tis the season for spring cleaning, so I thought I’d share my tips with you. One of the first and easiest things I did to rid my home of unnecessary chemicals is to switch to using natural cleaning products. Not only is it better for our health, but I have found that it saves our family a lot of money. It gives me peace of mind when using them around children, and I feel better while cleaning now that we have eliminated irritants such as artificial fragrances, bleach, ammonia, phosphates, and triclosan.

Over the past several years I have transitioned away from buying a multitude of conventional products, and now just use a few very effective ones. I no longer purchase cleaning wipes, I have significantly cut back on the amount of paper towels that I use (with children, I find that I need to keep some on hand though), and I now make a lot of my own cleaners. If you’re interested in my method, keep reading.

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Tools

Ikea Sponges, $.99/3 pack (Ikea)

I stock up on these whenever I make a trip to Ikea. They work really well and are so inexpensive. I use them not only for hand washing dishes, but also for scrubbing surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom.

Full Circle Brush, $3.66/each (Amazon)

I find these brushes so handy, and use them for various deeper cleaning tasks around the house: scrubbing food from dishes, cleaning the shower and bathtub, removing buildup from sinks, and much more. I would be lost without a good scrub brush.

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Oops! Reusable Cloths, $1.99/4 pack (Kroger/Ralph’s)

I found these at Kroger (Ralph’s if you’re on the West Coast) and primarily use them to wipe surfaces in the bathroom and kitchen. They are a great replacement for paper towels, and I love that I can toss them in the wash and then reuse them. There are a lot of sizes available from this brand, and I am thinking about picking up more to have enough on hand since I go through my 4 cloths quickly.

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Glass Spray Bottles, $10.99/ 2 bottles (Amazon)

I ordered a set of these a couple years ago and haven’t looked back since. I use one for Thieves cleaner, and one for all-purpose cleaner. I like that I don’t have to worry about the chemicals from plastic seeping into my cleaning products. Essential oils can break down plastic particles, so it is especially important to use glass bottles when using cleaners with EO’s.

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Cleaners

All-Purpose Cleaner

1 part white vinegar
1 part water
*optional: 10-15 drops lemon essential oil

Mix together in a spray bottle and shake to combine.

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This is truly a multi-surface cleaner, as I use it on counters, sinks, tables, chairs, walls, glass, windows, cabinets, shower, tile + laminate floors (I don’t use vinegar on hardwood floor as it can wear down the finish over time). Vinegar cuts grease, removes residues and build up, deodorizes, and disinfects. The best part is that it is seriously cheap. I get a 1.32 gallon jug at my local Costco for $2.99.

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Thieves Cleaner, $28.95 (Young Living)

This is not particularly cheap but it is a concentrate, so it lasts me many months. For normal cleaning I add one capful of the concentrate to my 16-oz spray bottle and fill the rest of the way with water. If there is sickness going around or for cleaning particularly nasty messes, I add an extra capful or two of concentrate. I like to use this for deeper cleaning and sanitizing around the house.

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Baking Soda

This works amazingly well on build-up and stains. I make a paste of baking soda and water and use a brush to scrub it on faucets, sinks, showers, and various surface stains. It is fairly abrasive though, so be careful on delicate materials. Tip: It effortlessly removes coffee and tea stains from mugs! I pick up a big bag of this from Costco and it lasts forever.

Those are my staples for green + natural cleaning. What are your favorite supplies?

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17 Comments

  • Reply Laura April 14, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Love this post! I need to be better about my cleaning products. They’re like 50/50 good and bad right now. You’ve just inspired me to do a spring cleaning of my cleaning products this weekend! ❤️

    • Reply giginaturelle April 14, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      Wonderful! Some fresh inspiration is important 👍 I’m going to be honest, the main motivator for making my own cleaners is how much money it saves me 🙌😉 But I do love the results too!

      • Reply Laura April 14, 2017 at 6:52 pm

        Yes! I’m totally on board for saving money!

  • Reply Jess April 14, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Thank you for this post! I’m definitely going to give some of these a try! I’ve made lots of progress in this area but there is more ground to be covered for sure!

    -Jess
    http://www.prettywell.blog

    • Reply giginaturelle April 14, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      Awesome! One step at a time 😊 After I got into the habit of a simplified routine and making my own cleaners, I find it so easy to maintain! I hope it goes well for you Jess!

  • Reply Angie April 14, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    I don’t make my own cleaners for now but have been thinking about it when we have a home base. For now, I’ve been using natural cleaners bought from the store, like at Whole Foods Market or other organic stores.

    • Reply giginaturelle April 14, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      I’m glad to hear it Angie! There a quite a few options on the market for natural cleaning products. I to not to stress about doing every diy project I can- I just work with what’s available and reasonable at my stage in life, and try to make good + balanced choices 💚💚

  • Reply rhythminlife April 14, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    We use similar products for cleaning and it works well for us. Thank-you for sharing 💞

  • Reply sweets67 April 14, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Great post. I love using Thieves to clean the house. One cleaner, many uses. I am a Young Living Essential Oils Independent Distributor and love the oils

    • Reply giginaturelle April 14, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      Yes I really loving using Thieves around the house, especially during the winter with lots of germs going around. Their hand sanitizer is great too, as I’m sure you know 😉😊

      • Reply sweets67 April 15, 2017 at 12:11 pm

        I was amazed at what we had accumlated in regards to toxic cleaning products and now we use just Thieves for everything.

  • Reply giginaturelle April 15, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Nice 👍

  • Reply LeeLee April 17, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    I just got the Thieves Cleaner and am going to try it soon! I love the smell of Thieves oil too:)

  • Reply LeeLee April 17, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    And I also like using a hydrogen peroxide/water mix with some EO, which is effective and cheap:)

    • Reply giginaturelle April 17, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      Yeah that’s a good one too. When I’m doing heavier sanitizing, I use peroxide. You have to be careful on some surfaces with it though like wood (and granite I believe?)

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