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Squeaky Clean…Naturally

Squeaky Clean

Toxin-free Need Not Be Expensive!

 Article courtesy of Dr. Claire Morris, ND.  Visit her at ClaireMorrisND.com.

Chemicals are toxins. All diseases can be sourced to toxins and/or nutritional deficiencies.

 If you clean with harmful chemicals in detergents/cleaners you buy at discount stores, your family is at risk for cancer, mental illness, dementia in old age, asthma, eczema, colds, flu, and more. If you wash your clothes in chemicals, they can be absorbed through the skin. If it’s on your furniture, it reaches hands, mouths and eyes.  If it’s on the dishes, you and your family are ingesting it.

These build up slowly in the body. Our bodies are not designed to fight off as many toxins as we are exposed to. Newton Labs states, “A kindergartener today has been exposed to more toxins than a man in a lifetime 100 years ago.”

For a safer home, try these toxin-free cleaning recipes.

ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER

Vinegar solution: 9 parts water, 1 part white vinegar. Add essential oils to mask the smell of vinegar.

For particularly nasty messes, such as cleaning up a counter-top after handling raw meat, spray straight white vinegar on the surface, and follow with a spray of hydrogen peroxide to knock out virtually all germs.

FLOOR CLEANER

Try baking soda and a dash of borax. For shine use a water-diluted vinegar rinse.  Don’t worry.  The smell quickly fades.  Still, a few drops of most any essential oil can be used; lavender or orange oil work great!

SANITIZER

1 pint pure grain alcohol/vodka and 3 quarts water

*Can be applied using a spray bottle or a mop.

TILE CLEANER

A recent Environmental Working Group (EWG) report found the popular cleanser Comet contained 146 air contaminants, including seven chemicals linked to cancer, two chemicals linked to reproductive damage, and two chemicals that interfere with hormones. Three of the chemicals EWG detected—formaldehyde, toluene, and benzene—are components of gasoline. To avoid these, make your own scrubbing paste:  ½ cup baking soda, Liquid soap (we like Dr. Bronner’s peppermint), and 5 to 10 drops of pure essential oil of lavender, tea tree oil, or rosemary (optional)

Place baking soda in a bowl, slowly pour in liquid soap, stirring until it looks like frosting. Add optional essential oils. Scoop onto a sponge, scrub, and rinse. You can also try cutting a lemon in half and using that as a scrubber.

OVEN CLEANER

2 cups hot water, 1 Tablespoon natural dish liquid, and 1 teaspoon borax

Mix the ingredients, spray on a spill, let sit for 20 minutes, and wipe off with a clean cloth. For handling an extra-greasy mess, wipe off as much loose goop as possible first with crumpled newspaper, then use the spray.

Use Orange TKO orange rind cleaner to annihilate older, caked-on spills.

WINDOW CLEANER

¼ cup vinegar, ½ teaspoon natural liquid soap like Dr. Bronner’s, and 2 cups water

Put all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake to blend.  Squeegee of or use old newspaper to prevent streaking.

FOR THE LAUNDRY

In a bucket (with a lid) add a box of borax and 15 or so drops of any essential oil you like. Roll it around to mix. Seal and store.  You may add baking soda as a fabric softener, if you like.

Use ½ cup of this homemade detergent per load.

One of my favorite products is Orange TKO.  It is useful for cleaning countertops, floors, hard water stains, paint stains as well as brush & roller clean-up, toilet bowls, laundry, ovens, carpet stains, permanent felt marker, gum, candle and crayon wax, and jewelry.  Use in your garden and on your pets, silk plants, windows, mirrors, appliances, chandeliers, dusting furniture, chrome, stainless steel… And on just about anything else you want to shine!

Article by Dr. Claire Ann Morris, N.D.

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