Spring is here which means it’s time to throw open those windows and freshen up the house with spring cleaning.
Unfortunately, I have read that the rate of air pollution inside the home is 10 times more than outside (even up to 100 times more in extreme cases). Household cleaners are part of the reason for this. According to Goes-Green, “Recent study shows that cancer is the second leading cause of death in Canada. It is mostly seen among the children who are exposed to the chemicals that are being used at home,” and “State of California study reveals that 40% of 2,435 pesticide-poisoning in one year were caused due to the exposure to home cleaning products.”
There are also environmental factors to consider from these cleaners going down the drain. Check the labels on your cleaners to see how they rate. Or try out this homemade natural multi-purpose cleaner that’s budget-friendly to boot. For another money-saving tip, check out my glass spray bottle hack below as well.
Natural Multi-Purpose Cleaner
4 c water
1/4 c castile soap
1/4 tsp or about 20 drops tea tree essential oil
Fill a spray bottle with water.
Add in the castile soap.
Pour in tea tree oil.
Store somewhere cool and dark.
To use, spray on the surface and wipe or scrub with a damp cloth.
Shake before each use.
The two working ingredients in this cleaner are castile soap and tea tree oil. Castile soap is a great environmental option as it is made from vegetable fat as opposed to synthetic processes or tallow from animals. It has a faster biodegradability and is also gentle on skin. Tea tree oil is a naturally anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-infectious essential oil.
This natural multi-purpose cleaner can be used all around the home for general cleaning and dusting. I think it’s ideal for kitchen and bathroom counters. Just to warn you though, because it is natural and the castile soap is gentle, it may require a little more elbow grease than a mainstream cleaner.
Glass Spray Bottle Hack
I also wanted to tell you guys about this spray bottle. I was looking all over the place for a new spray bottle. My cheap, old one was getting gross inside, and they’re so hard to clean. Then it busted, and I wanted something more durable and ideally not plastic. I couldn’t find anything in stores, and I was shocked by how expensive the larger sizes of glass and metal spray bottles are online – plus shipping!
I ended up purchasing a bottle of Perrier sparkling water (typically I don’t buy bottled water, but for this I made an exception) for less than $2. After drinking the water with lemon juice over a few days, I washed it and screwed the spray nozzle onto it. It fits perfectly! And now I have a beautiful tinted glass spray bottle.
What natural and/or homemade cleaners have you used?