Since summer has arrived and the boys and I are spending more hours in our home than usual I am again turning to more natural cleaning methods. It always seems to benefit JJs skin and helps with my allergies as well.
I know I have mentioned the book, Clean: the humble art of zen cleaning, several times before, but it really is my go to on natural cleaning. The book uses five main ingredients that are life savers when it comes to natural cleaning methods. (The only ingredient I am not linking uses for is salt.)
Below you will find links to sites that give suggestions on the myriad of uses for each of these products. I hope you can find at least a few ways to incorporate these simple, green methods into your home.
I read a blog called Merlin's Magickal Mistress. The author of this blog has catalogued tons of ways to use baking soda: from deodorizing to personal hygiene to cleaning. The list includes 40 different ways to use this amazingly wonderful powder.
While on the topic of natural cleaning, I thought I would link to one of my other all time favorite powders: Borax. My favorite use of Borax though has got to be for the laundry. I love that it can fight stains, deodorize, and soften the laundry all at once. Now that's a good bang for your buck!
Another cheap staple to have on hand is vinegar. Vinegar has been around for over 10,000 years. Anything that has been around that long must have some good qualities, right?
The last item I want to link ideas for is lemon juice. This green living tips site has 24 uses for lemon juice that are super simple.
So basically, you can clean your entire house top to bottom and take care of tons of personal hygiene as well with just four main staples: baking soda, borax, vinegar, & lemon juice.
If you give natural cleaning with the above four ingredients a try, I know you will be impressed with the outcome.
Feel free to leave a comment to let me know how it worked for you and your family.