I really think Snow White was on to something, enlisting all of her natural resources to get the Seven Dwarfs house clean. I know I wouldn’t mind a team of helpers to get my house whipped into shape, even if they were animals. The only prerequisite is can you sing and clean at the same time?
Cleaning house used to be something so basic and simple; now a days you walk through the cleaning isle at your local grocery story and it is shelf upon shelf of cleaning products. Each products seems to have one specific job. This plethora of supplies often makes us think if we don’t have one of each bottle, then our house won’t really be clean. Most of the time, these cleaners are doing more harm than good in our home.
Cleaning is really very simple. There are some basic ingredients to making all sorts of cleaning solutions for your home. They will cost you less than think and go a lot further than anything else you could buy on the cleaning isle.
My suggestions for your cleaning closet stash: Washing Soda, Vinegar, Soap, etc. I use glass bottles to store my home made cleaning solutions.
I recently held a class to teach some of my local friends how to clean using Essential Oils. Nearly all essential oils have either anti-bacterial or anti-septic properties. The benefits of the residue of these oils hanging out around your home FAR outweighs any Johnson & Johnson product.
Using the basics cleaning ingredients listed above and the powerful benefits of the EO’s you get a clean, non-toxic, house that is very much to your health benefit. Instead of killing brain cells while you clean, you are actually healing yourself while you clean. What an amazing concept - Using more natural resources to take care of your natural environment! Thank you Snow White.
I found some wonderful resources to teach you about the good ol’ basics in house cleaning. If you are interested, make sure to check out these books from your local library.
Household Cleaning – Self Sufficiency by Rachel Strauss
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Home. No-nonsense Advice That Will Inspire You to Clean Like the Dickens. By Mrs. Thelma A. Meyer
Other Great ones:
Green Housekeeping by Ellen Sandbeck
Fresh Living by Sara Snow
Squeaky Green – The Method Guide to Detoxing Your Home. By Eric Ryan & Adam Lowry
Here is a very simple list of cleaning recipes that you can use as you go about your Spring Cleaning this month.
If you have a favorite “green cleaning” recipe for your house please share! We would all love to benefit!