Dust Spray: Mix water with little olive oil, vinegar and few drops of lemon in a spray bottle. Toilet Cleaner: Sprinkle baking soda, add vinegar on it, leave for 10 mins and wash. Glass Cleaner: Put vinegar on a microfiber cloth, add a few drops of lemon essential oil and wipe. Floor Cleaner: Use 1 part vinegar with 1 part warm water, mop as normal and let dry.
Did you know that the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has ranked indoor air pollution among the top 5 environmental dangers? And did you know that indoor air pollution can adversely affect your weight loss efforts and your energy?
Toxins in our environments affect our body composition. They enter our bodies and can be very difficult to flush out, especially if they have accumulated over time. They get stored with our fat cells and can force us to hold onto weight we would otherwise lose. They also take a toll on our energy levels as they begin to accumulate and bog us down.
Indoor pollutants can come from carpet, wall paint, and upholstery. Those types of pollutants are unavoidable. However, have you thought about the types of chemicals you use to clean? Things like shower cleaner, toilet cleaner, and dust spray?
Some pollutants are out of our control but some can be completely avoided, limiting the amount of toxins we are exposed to on a regular basis. I’ve had a lot of people asking me for some healthier cleaning ideas so here are some easy swaps you can make to avoid harsh chemicals from polluting your home:
Note: I personally use these cleaning methods, they work, even better than the harsh chemicals.
Safer Home Cleaners
Dust Spray – swap for a mix of mostly water, a little olive oil, a little vinegar and a couple drops of lemon or orange essential oil in a spray bottle.
Toilet – Sprinkle baking soda in the toilet, add vinegar, and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes then scrub as normal.
Shower – Make a baking soda and water past in a shallow dish, use a scrub brush to scrub shower with mixture. Allow baking soda past to sit a few minutes then rinse off. In between shower cleanings, you can use hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle as an after shower mist.
Glass – Pour vinegar on a microfiber cloth, add a couple drops of lemon essential oil and clean glass with cloth, and then wipe dry with a paper towel. I promise there will be no streaking.
Floors – Use 1 part vinegar with 1 part warm water, mop as normal and let dry.
Not only are these swaps more environmentally friendly and less toxic for you to breath and touch, they are also easier on your wallet. You’re welcome to use any pure grade essential oil for cleaning you can find or prefer.
Using Essential Oil
I use these oils (and not just for cleaning). Instead of using the plug in the wall chemical laden smelly things, just mix some essential oils with water in a spray bottle and mist your home from time to time. Your home will smell amazing and some essential oils such as any citrus and melaleuca (tea tree) can be pretty powerful cleansers.
Remember, these are the pollutants that are within your control and they are easy swaps. Have fun experimenting and please add any tools or tips you can add to the conversation below.