TIP 7: Clean With Homemade ProductsPlenty of studies show that conventional cleaning products are detrimental to your health, not to mention the planet's health (products labelled with a skull and crossbones and the word 'HAZARDOUS' will hopefully have tipped you off). But there's no need to purchase caustic cleaning solutions when you've got everything you need right in your kitchen cupboards to get the job done. A bit of baking soda and vinegar is enough to get your bathroom sparkling. Simply sprinkle some baking soda on problem areas add a little white vinegar, let it foam and sit for about 5-10 minutes, and then scrub the area down with an eco-friendly sponge or brush. You can also use a little lemon or your favorite essential oils to help mask the vinegary scent. Moreover, oils such as tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, lemongrass and rosemary boast antiseptic and antibacterial properties in addition to smelling great!
Some other quick mixes:
- Window wash: Mix 3 tablespoons vinegar with 2 cups of water (or for a bigger job – 1/2 cup vinegar to 1 gallon water) and spray it right on your windows. Club soda and lemon will also work wonders.
- All-purpose disinfectant: Mix 2 cups water, a few drops of natural soap, and 15 drops each of tea tree and lavender organic essential oil. Use this on floors, countertops and generally any surface except glass, as it will streak.
- After shower cleaner: Make your own daily shower cleaner by mixing two cups of water and three drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle. After you shower, simply shake your spray bottle, mist, and then walk away. This should help keep mildew at bay between cleanings.