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10 Easy and Affordable Steps to a More Naturally Clean Home and Body

August 15, 2014

Do you want to clean your home and your body more naturally?  Do you feel overwhelmed by all the options, and the price tags?  Well here are a few tips to get you started.  

1) Get your self a big ‘ol bottle of liquid castile soap- this should last you a good long while, depending on how to use it.  You can use this to make several different cleaning products for your home.  I bought a 32oz bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild liquid soap in August 2013 for $16.99, and still have a little more than an inch left in my bottle.  There is also a gallon size available.

2) Invest in essential oils that are high quality but also affordable.  I do not have a lot of experience with essential oils, but I have heard good recommendations for Mountain Rose Herbs and Plant Therapy.  Here is a recommendation for Plant Therapy from one of my favorite natural health bloggersMommypotamus on Plant Therapy.  Here is an introduction to essential oils. (Note: take care read up on essential oil safety.)  Here is a study on the Antibacterial and Anti Fungal activity of certain essential oils.

3) Obtain a foaming hand soap dispenser (either reused from Walmart etc. or bought empty online)

4)Use your liquid castile soap and (anti-bacterial/anti-microbial 🙂 ) essential oils to make foaming liquid hand soap!  This is just one Tbsp of liquid soap diluted in one cup of water with a few drops of essential oils added!  It’s so simple but here are more details instruction/information: DIY Foaming Hand Soap. For essential oils in this, I use tea tree oil and an immune-support blend (the same or similar blend that was used by thieves in the black plague to avoid getting sick while plundering dead people’s houses! Several brands sell a version of this blend or you could make your own.  Here is Plant Therapy’s version. I have not tried it yet.)

5) Obtain liter-size spray bottles to make cleaning products.  I bought these from amazon.

6) Use your castile soap and EOs to make an all-purpose cleaner in a spray bottle.  The recipe I use is 14 oz of water, 3Tbsp of Dr. Bronner’s, and around 20 drops of essential oils.  I use this cleaner on my kitchen counter and bathroom surfaces.

7) Clean your toilet bowl with a generous sprinkle of baking powder and splash of vinegar.

8) Scrub your bathtub with baking soda.

9) Clean your mirrors and glass surfaces with vinegar diluted in water.

10) Try washing your hair with baking soda and conditioning with apple cider vinegar!  There are several methods to this.  Here is one.  I differ from that method in that I make a paste of the baking soda water instead of using a 1 to 3 ratio.  There are also several homemade shampoo recipes online.  I haven’t found one that is affordable (compared to conventional shampoo) so I am sticking with the baking soda/ACV method for now. 

 I hope these tips are helpful for you to get started!  Trying to live more naturally can be overwhelming, but every baby step in the right direction is still GOOD!

BONUS: For mothers of children in diapers, here is a great homemade baby wipe method.   I add to this recipe 1-2 tbsp of liquid Dr. Bronner’s, and use olive oil instead of fractionated coconut oil. If you use cloth diapers, this same solution can be put in a spray bottle and sprayed on baby washcloths for a washable and reusable wipe.  BUT WAIT! 

****11) That recipe is also great for making hand-wipes for people of any age!  Make some up to keep in the car! or the classroom!  or anywhere you might need wipes.  You could keep them in a zip-lock bag for travel size :-).

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