If you’re a stay at home mum, or are the one who does the majority of the cleaning, it’s a great idea to use as many natural products as possible, while reducing the amount of chemicals in your home. The toxins in most household cleaners are dangerous, and exposure over a long period of time can cause big problems to your long-term health. A Toronto Indoor Air Commission study concluded that mothers who work from home are 55% more likely to develop cancer than women who spend the majority of their time outside of the home. That’s a scary thought, and it’s not a chance I’m willing to take, so I now make all of my own cleaning products from natural products. I’ve ditched the toxic products found in the aisles of every supermarket, and I now have a real peace of mind for our family, especially my two children.
- 2-4 Tbs of Castile soap
- 10 drops of lemon essential oil
- 1/8 cup of vinegar
- Pour Castile soap and essential oil into a large bucket
- Add 4 litres of hot water
- Add the vinegar if the floor is particularly greasy
Stir and mix the ingredients with the water, then use your mop as you would with any commercially bought floor cleaner.
My youngest daughter spends most of her day on the floor, crawling around and playing with her toys. While there is some carpet in the bedrooms, most of the house is a laminate wood floor, which is great using a floor cleaner that was safe for her is very important. But it’s not just your children that will benefit. If you have pets, they’ll be very grateful for the chemical-free floor cleaner too as they lay about all day on their bed.
The reality is homemade natural cleaning products like my floor cleaner recipe, are just as good at removing dirt and stains as anything you can buy in the supermarket. The bonus of course is that it’s completely safe for everyone in the house, and usually costs a fraction of the price.