Spring Cleaning Is In The Air: A path towards clean living
clean /klēn/ morally uncontaminated; pure; innocent.
Spring has sprung, and I have been loving the calm of Spring Break. Rising late, relaxed learning and play, and NO VIRTUAL LEARNING! This break, I am going to spend a good portion of my energy in to deep cleaning our home and preparing for Ramadan. Since cleanliness is half our Deen -and our journey towards clean living extends far beyond healthy eating- why not incorporate healthy practices while cleaning the home.
I have recently been researching brands and I was shocked- to say the least- that commercial "all natural" brands are the farthest thing from natural and use highly toxic substances in their products. Yes, even some of your favorites! I started making my own DIY all-purpose cleaner that is easy to make (only calls for three ingredients), cuts down on cost, and is actually natural. Oh, did I mention it smells AMAZING!
If you haven't started making your own natural cleaners...start NOW!
Why should you make your own natural cleaners? Making your own cleaners limits exposure to harsh and toxic chemicals that are widely used in commercial cleaning products. Honestly, it's very hard to escape these chemicals but that's another blog post entirely. The Environmental Working Group is a great resource to research household cleaning products and provides details of the harmful chemicals used in these so called "eco-friendly" cleaners.
I have been making my own all natural cleaners for years now. It all started when I was pregnant with my third child. I couldn't handle the harsh chemical odors from our regular household products, so I was compelled to do some research. After my research, I realized making natural cleaners that actually clean and sanitize my home is the best path (and it's a fraction of the cost). No more harsh and hazardous chemicals! Sis, this is a no brainer, right?
All you need are three simple ingredients: distilled water (you can purchase from the store or boil your own), white vinegar, and essential oils (pick the oils you like, but if you need some help I have included a list below). That's it. Simple, clean, and natural.
Here's the break down on the three ingredients:
Distilled water: Distilled or boiled (cooled) water ensures that bacteria doesn't grow in your cleaner.
White Vinegar: White vinegar is a effective disinfectant. It inhibits bacterial growth, a degreaser, and can be used as an all purpose cleaning agent (except for marble).
Essential Oils: Essential oils are used widely for medicinal purpose. In addition to smelling great, these powerful oils have anti-fungal, deodorizing, and antiseptic agents.
In a 16oz glass spray bottle, combine 1/4 cup white vinegar and 3/4 cups water. Add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil blends. I usually use oils that I find in my local natural food stores/ shops or Whole Foods Market. Eventually I would love to invest in certified organic essential oils, but for now these will do the trick. Note: My knowledge on essential oils and blends is limited, so I stick to what I know...for now.
My favorite oils to blend are:
Wild orange, clove, and cinnamon
Eucalyptus, rosemary, and lemon
Tea tree and wild orange
Thyme and lime
Lavender, wild orange, and tea tree
Peppermint, lavender, and lemon
The best oils for cleaning that I found from websites and other blogs:
You may also use these essential oils to blend for additional medicinal properties and heightened smells. Here are some of my favorites:
Ylang Ylang (I always have this one on hand)
Frankincense (costly, but worth it!)
Myrrh (costly, but worth it!)
Have you started your journey towards your clean living lifestyle? Which blends are you going to try?
....remember to love and live naturally.