I, like most people, don’t enjoy cleaning. But after discovering ways to clean naturally I’ve been able to enjoy cleaning more and get to use my favorite scents! Green cleaning is the way to go to have better smelling products, raise the vibrations of your home and clothes, and be happier! It’s aromatherapy!
Do you know what’s in the cleaning products you currently use? It’s a good idea to check out your existing products and clean out the nasty stuff! Just imagine that long list of chemicals inside of your body, and what it could be doing to your health.
The chemicals in our skincare, bath, body, and cleaning products are in your system within 32 seconds! Yikes! Here at janegee we choose to use botanicals because your body can read them. Your body does not know what to do with chemicals and synthetics.
Chemicals enter your lungs through your breath. Did you know that you inhale approximately 12 times per minute? They can also be absorbed directly through your skin and eyes. Our bodies are incredibly intelligent and in order to fight off chemical exposure the body goes into action. The result is a cascade of inflammation forming free radicals that break down our bodies at a cellular level. They also prevent us from absorbing fat-soluble B vitamins. Remember, everything runs off us, so if the rivers and oceans are polluted around you, then think about how you might be contributing by releasing chemicals from your own body. Make healthy choices so our planet will be a better place to live.
Some of the issues related to commercial cleaning products are: skin and respiratory irritations, watery eyes, chemical burns and hormonal disruptions. Others are associated with chronic, or long-term effects such as cancer.
The Mayo Clinic warns that formaldehyde in our household and personal care products can irritate the respiratory system, cause skin reactions and trigger heart palpitations.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, toxic chemicals in household cleaners cause women working at home to have a 55% higher cancer risk than women working outside the home.
Fragrances added to many cleaners, especially laundry detergents and fabric softeners, may cause such unpleasantness as respiratory irritation, headache, and sneezing in sensitive individuals or those with allergies.
The EPA warns that our homes are 70 times more toxic than outside. Doesn’t that mean that the dirt in your house is less toxic than the chemicals you use to remove it?!
Keeping your home clean, toxic-free, and smelling wonderful doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money or use commercial cleaning products. Below are two recipes for simple, yet effective cleaning products.
General All-Purpose Cleaner
You only need four items:
- Baking Soda
- White Distilled Vinegar
- Organic Liquid Castile Soap
- Essential Oils of your choosing
Natural Soft Scrub - my favorite product to use around the home.
This is an easy formula to make, no synthetics, clean for you, and clean for the environment.
2 cups baking soda
4 tablespoons organic liquid castile soap
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
40 drops organic essential oils of Lemon, Peppermint, Pine, Lemongrass (or your preferred combination).
Directions: Mix and store in a sealed wide-mouth container. Shelf life is about two years.
Tip: For really tough jobs, spray with the distilled vinegar first; let it sit then follow up with the scrub.
Note: If you find that your product gets a bit dry, (which it will over time) just add a little vinegar or liquid castile soap, give it a good stir and “bobs your uncle” it will be as good as new!
The benefits of essential oils in cleaning products
You may be concerned that essential oil-based cleaning products are not as effective as your current products. However, essential oils using in cleaning products are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, boost your immunity while you’re cleaning, and they smell wonderful.
Here’s a tip: Use your older essential oils for cleaning products.
When essential oils get old, you don’t want to use them on your skin as they may become oxidized. This makes them a potential problem for skin sensitization. They’ll still smell great for cleaning but won’t be skin safe.
These are some of favorite essential oils to use in my green cleaning kit:
•Grapefruit, Lemon and Orange
We also offer some already-made products in our store from some great companies.
Common Good was created to offer green formulas that were safe to use around pets and kids and to reduce the amount of plastic used. We sell their dish soap, hand soap, all-purpose spray, linen water and laundry detergent. To reduce the use of plastic, we also have a refill station for the hand soap, dish soap, and laundry detergent. Just bring in your empty Common Good bottles or an empty container you already have.