Sunday, May 5, 2013

Cleaning Naturally

We've been doing some spring cleaning around here lately, but this time it's different because of the products we're using. Since the beginning of my pregnancy with Noah, I've been wary of many traditional cleaning products because I worry about the toxins in them and how they may affect his health. So, here are a few more natural alternatives that we've tried and liked:

Upholstery Cleaner from National Geographic
-1/4 cup white vinegar
-3/4 cups warm water
-1/2 tablespoon of Castile soap

Shake the bottle to combine ingredients. Lightly spray mixture onto soiled area and scrub using a circular motion. Then, go over the area with a clean, warm washcloth.

Carpet Deodorizer from One Good Thing by Jillee
-1/2 cup borax
-1/2 cup baking soda
-20-25 drops of essential oil (she recommends sweet orange oil, we used lavender) or 1 teaspoon of cinnamon or ground cloves (not a good idea if you have light carpet)

Combine all ingredients and sprinkle on carpet. Let sit for 15-20 minutes before vacuuming.

Mattress Deodorizer from One Good Thing by Jillee
-1 cup baking soda
-4-5 drops lavender essential oil

Combine ingredients, sprinkle on mattress (you can use a sifter for this), let it sit for an hour and vacuum.

Window Cleaner
Simply mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle, and you know the rest.

Shower Cleaner from Bobbin at
-White vinegar, warmed
-Dishwashing soap

Combine equal parts warm vinegar and dish soap, shake to combine, and you're good to go.

Oven Cleaner ( I haven't tried this one yet but am going to in the next few days)
-1 cup baking soda
-1/4 cup washing soda

Combine baking and washing sodas and add enough water to make a paste. Use gloves to smear the mixture on over surfaces and leave it on overnight. In the morning, wipe off the soda mixture and wipe down the oven with a clean wet washcloth.


  1. Thanks for putting all these resources in one place! I'm excited to try them out!

    Amy @ keepin' up with the Smith's


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