There are many times when, on a trip to the grocery store for some household staples, I begin to think about all of the various ingredients within the products that I’m buying. This is not just the food I’m talking about, but the many household cleaning items that we use on a daily basis, such as for wiping down our kitchen counter tops, cleaning out our microwave, and overall disinfecting of cabinets, counters, door knobs, and other items that are touched constantly. Once you begin to realize the amount of objects that are touched by your family members on a daily basis, you will start to understand my concerns about the ingredients going into them.
One of the best ways to limit your intake of these potentially harmful ingredients, at least on a cleaning basis, is to create your own cleaning solution! Mixing up your own home cleaning shampoo not only reduces the amount of toxic products used in it, but also helps put your mind at ease, knowing your family is not being exposed to any sort of harsh chemicals, toxins, or other pollutants. These potentially harmful residues can build up over time, leading to issues with both home and health.
This recipe for a great cleaning solution was shared from Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaning.
For a great cleaning solution, that can be used on a wide variety of objects from surfaces, to carpets, to furniture, to clothes, is as follows:
Eco-Friendly Home Cleaning Shampoo
Use this shampoo anywhere you would use a normal cleaning product such as a fabric cleaner, a disinfecting cleaner, or just a “remove the dirt” cleaner to ensure that you are providing your family with the healthiest household environment.
- Distilled White Vinegar – It’s important that you choose white vinegar – NOT apple cider vinegar – because the various coloring and/or dyes within apple cider vinegar can lead to major problematic stains on furniture, upholstery, and other fabrics.
- Mild Detergent Soap such as Dawn or Dial are typically the best choice to combine for your solution. You don’t want a harsh cleaner with a lot of solvents and potentially harmful ingredients, so it’s best to stick to something relatively low-key and toxin-free. I prefer using a non-scented or very light “linen” scent, feel free to create solutions with scents like apple or cinnamon, however.
- Essential oils are added into my cleaning solutions if I want a scented product to ensure that there are no harsh chemicals while still leaving a very pleasing smell. Many individuals don’t like the smell of vinegar (myself included), so the essential oils are great for covering this while not being too powerful.
- The last ingredient – water! Pure, clean water. In general, a good mix is a cup of vinegar, a tablespoon or two of mild detergent soap, about 5-10 drops of essential oils, and 2 cups water. This is the recipe and portions I use when filling up a re-usable spray bottle.