March has me thinking about Spring cleaning and planting seeds of a healthier future. I am trying to downsize my clutter and the nicer temperatures have allowed me to air out the house a bit. The troubles of our time are bleak. I keep trying to envision what a healthy world looks like. One that includes a healthy planet for my future grandchildren. Modern psychology has proven that when we envision a desired result it is more likely to manifest so I will continue to spend time meditating on what this healthy society looks like.
I believe these times are a call to action. We need to consciously make healthier choices. Many years ago I decided to stop purchasing harmful chemical cleaners. I adopted a way of cleaning and disinfecting my house with all-natural ingredients that are cheap and easy to find. This method of cleaning does not include any harmful chemicals and is better for our water system and our physical health. Below I have a list of ingredients and some recipes I use regularly in my household cleaning. I also have included information on several essential oils that have been proven to have anti-microbial activity. These oils and can be added to your natural cleaners for their cleansing effect and pleasant aroma.
Sunshiny Day Liquid Soap:
This liquid soap can be used for the majority of your household needs.
For laundry I use 1/4th cup. Add directly in with the clothing regardless if you have a top loading or high efficiency washing machine.
8 oz STL Herbs and Aromatics Liquid Unscented Soap
1/4th tsp. Tangerine Essential Oil
Add the Essential Oil to the liquid soap and shake gently to combine.
Scrubbing Paste Recipe:
This scrubbing Paste recipe comes together quickly and stores well in a sealed container for 2-4 weeks. I use this scouring paste for my tub and shower walls. It is great for soap scum and mildew. It even seems to lighten and brighten.
¼ cup Baking Soda
¼ cup Borax
¼ cup STL Herbs and Aromatics Cedarwood All Purpose Soap Cleaner
Mix all ingredients together and stir well. Store in an airtight container. Apply to the surface and scrub. Rinse thoroughly with hot water.
Scouring Powder Recipe:
This is a great recipe for toilets, tubs and sinks. Slightly moisten surface first, sprinkle powder on area, scrub, and rinse off.
1/2th cup Baking Soda
1/2th cup Borax
15 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
15 drops Lemon Essential oil
15 drops Tangerine Essential Oil
Essential oils are optional but you could add a few drops or as much as a ½ teaspoon
Mix all ingredients together and stir well especially if you are adding essential oil. Keep in an airtight container.
Multi Purpose Spray Cleaner Recipe:
This is a spray and wipe cleaner. Non-sudsy, no streaks and appropriate for cleaning glass, porcelain, metal, plastic and laminated wood surfaces. To be certain that there will be no discoloration, test spray on small hidden area first. SHAKE BEFORE EACH USE.
8 oz Vodka
20 drops Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
20 Drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
Essential oils are optional but you could add a few drops or as much as a 1/4th teaspoon
In 8oz spray bottle add essential oils first and shake to mix before adding Vodka to fill bottle. Shake to mix thoroughly. The oil will separate so it is important to shake before each use.
Essential Oils For Cleaning:
Hampton, Aubrey. What’s in Your Cosmetics?. Tucson, Arizona: Odonian Press. 1995.
Hollender, Jeffrey, David,Geoff , Hollender, Meika and Doyle, Reed. Naturally Clean. Gabriola Island, BC, Canada: New Society Publishers. 2006.
Imus, Deirdre. Green This!. New York: Simon & Schuster. 2007.
Morgan, Barbara J., et al Ed. Home Made Best Made, Pleasantville, New York: The Reader's Digest Association, Inc. 1998.
Oster, Maggie. Herbal Vinegar. Pownal, Vermont: Storey Books. 1994.
Schnaubelt, Kurt. Advanced Aromatherapy. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press. 1998.
Sheppard-Hanger, Sylla. The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual, Vol. 1, Vol. 2. Tampa: Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy. 1997.
Tisserand, Robert and Balacs, Tony. Essential Oil Safety. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. 1995.
Watt, Martin. Plant Aromatics. Tampa, Florida: The Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy. 1995.
Maria and Ingrid are Co Owners of STL Herbs and Aromatics. They have been working in the field of Herbal and Aromatic Medicine for over twenty years. This blog is intended to inform and empower people to begin utilizing plant medicine for personal health and well being.
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