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So now that my plastic free kitchen is in full swing, I decided to take the next step and revamp my cleaning routine. I’m astonished by how many chemicals I’ve gotten used to using in my daily life – dusting spray, bleach, shower cleaner, swiffer floor cleaner, fabreeze, disinfecting wipes, the list goes on and on…

I took all of the old offenders, put them in a box and vowed to never let them back into the house.

So, now what? My cupboard was empty and I still had a house to clean. I mean people must have done something in the “old days” to get the job done, right?! Here entered my green cleaning plan. After visiting a number of websites and reading up on the old standbys for cleaning your home naturally, I began assembling my arsenal. Here’s what I came up with:

Clean Green Toolbox:

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Washing soda
  • Baking soda
  • Lemon Oil (used fresh lemon as well)
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Lavender Oil
Simple right? (That’s kinda the point)

I also bought these awesome mixing/juicing/spraying containers from Amazon. They’re made by Full Circle, and I highly recommend them!

So now you must be wondering how exactly all of this works. I know you’re probably not convinced, because to be honest, I wasn’t sure this was going to work either. Well I can tell you that after mixing up just 2 different natural concoctions, my entire house was fresh and clean. From dusting our wood furniture to scrubbing the stovetop, just two different sprays handled the job!

To give you one example, I’ve been battling to keep my shower clean for months. I had run the gamut with all sorts of other cleaning products and eventually resorted to bleach for some particularly tough stains – ugh, it still didn’t come clean. This time I mixed together 1 part vinegar, 1 part water and 10 drops of lavender, sprayed it in our shower and wiped with a damp cloth. It worked wonders! 100% clean. Naturally! I seriously couldn’t believe it.

The Full Circle containers came with a booklet of “recipes” for cleaning naturally, but you can find great resources online as well. One area I haven’t made the switch is laundry detergent. Does anybody have any foolproof methods they’d like to share? What changes are you making to clean your home more naturally?

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