Bathroom Spray Cleaner Recipe

Bathroom Spray Cleaner Recipe

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Bathrooms.  We all have ’em and we all have to clean them.

Have you ever looked at the ingredient label on your bathroom cleaners?

The first time I really read the back of my bathroom cleaner, was about 10 years ago.  I was cleaning my tiny, unventilated bathroom while my one year old was napping.  I planned on giving him a bath first thing after he woke.

While cleaning the bathroom, my eyes started to sting and my throat began to burn.  I looked at the label and it said scary things like, “Warning. Keep out of the reach of children” or “Do not breathe spray” and best yet, “Eye and skin irritant. Do not get in eyes, on skin or clothing.”

That’s when it hit me.  I was scrubbing my tub with this cleaner with all of these crazy warnings, that caused my eyes and throat to burn, and then planned on sitting my baby’s little naked bottom directly on the same tub. Granted I would rinse away the cleaner but trace amounts would still be left behind. That was my aha moment that led me down the path to clean living and using non-toxic products.

Once you start learning about the potential dangers of the ingredients in conventional products, there is no going back.  The knowledge snowballs and before you know it, you start researching the chemicals in body products, then in food and on and on.

Our bodies fight off all of these dangers and filter out a lot of the harmful chemicals.  But when they are in our food, our cleaning and body products and our air, the body can’t keep up and the chemicals start to take a toll.  You can’t be 100% toxin free but proactively limiting the chemicals will help you feel and stay well.

 

Health is priceless.

 

Below is a list of the most common toxic ingredients in most commercial bathroom cleaners.

 

2-BUTOXYETHANOL: A skin and eye irritant also associated with blood disorders. This chemical is listed as a toxic substance under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act due to the understanding that it is harmful to human health.

Ammonia:  Vapours may irritate the skin, eyes, throat, and lungs

MEA (monoethanalomine): Known to induce asthma in workplace settings

DEA (diethanolamine): Mild skin and severe eye irritant.

Fragrance: More than 3000 chemicals are used in fragrance mixtures. Many are irritants and can trigger allergies, migraines, and asthma symptoms.

Buying a bottle of $3.99 cleaner from the store is super easy and convenient.  I get it. People are busy. Easy and convenient is pretty awesome. The following bathroom cleaner recipe is still very easy and convenient after you build up your cleaning and body products inventory. Plus, you can really save some dough after your initial purchase of bulk ingredients.

The following is a bathroom spray cleaner recipe.  If you need to do some heavy cleaning, this DIY Soft Scrub will do the trick.

 

Bathroom Spray

Cleaner Recipe

 

Ingredients:

Spray Bottle – Glass is best because essential oils can break down plastic. These are my fave.  I also use these labels for my homemade cleaning (and body) products.

2 cups water

2 cups white distilled vinegar

40 drops of essential oil – You can use single oils or combine based on smell and cleaning ability.  I personally use doTerra oils for their potency and purity.  If you would like to learn more about the oils, just let me know and I will be happy to elaborate.

  • Lemon fresh, clean scent.  Antiseptic and disinfectant properties.
  • Tea Tree – antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiseptic and antiviral.
  • Lavender – delightful, summery scent. Disinfectant properties.
  • Eucalyptus – natural germicide.
  • Peppermint – antibacterial.

 

Directions:

  1. Mix water, vinegar and oils in a spray bottle.
  2. Shake gently to mix.
  3. Spray surface and wipe with a damp cloth.

 

Now you can rest assured that your bathroom cleaner will not warrant a visit from the hazmat team if it gets spilled. 😉

If you are not into making your own bathroom cleaner, check out these more natural alternatives to conventional products.

Method All Purpose Natural Surface Cleaning Spray

Green Works Multi-Surface Cleaner, Spray Bottle, Original Fresh

Seventh Generation Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner

 

Here are a couple of other natural ways to keep your home clean. 

 

 

 

 

Do you make your own cleaners?  I would love to hear about them!

 

 

DIY Fruit & Veggie Cleaner

DIY Fruit & Veggie Cleaner

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It’s Sunday and I need to go grocery shopping for the upcoming week.  The workweek is so busy that I save all of my errands and chores until the weekend. Laundry, cleaning the house real well, shopping, and meal prepping usually take up one entire day. I like to have a least one of my two precious days totally off of everything.  Everyone needs to have a Sunday Funday once in awhile.

What the world needs is a four-day work week. Can you imagine how much calmer and happier people would be?  World Peace, people.

Alas, I digress.  Back to groceries.

We eat a lot of produce, especially since we have been eating a more Paleo based diet. Fruits and most veggies are totally in season which means you can really stock up on good quality for really great prices.

Outdoor farmer’s markets are one of my favorite places to buy produce.  Be on the lookout in your area and you should start seeing signs that farmer’s markets are stocking up and opening for the season.  If you are not familiar with farmer’s markets, you should check one out. They rock.

Benefits of shopping at Farmer’s Markets.

1. Provide a large assortment of produce. You can find many fruits and veggies that your local grocery doesn’t provide.

2. Lower Prices. You don’t have to pay a bagger, stocker or their rent.

3. More than produce. In addition to food, farmer’s markets sell handmade soaps, eggs, baked goods, jams and jellies.  The list goes on really.  I go kinda crazy at these things and can rack up a pretty good bill.  Who knew I needed a goat’s milk, lavender, oatmeal face soap bar? Yeah, me either, until I got there and heard it’s siren song.  Just keep your head together and you will be fine.

4. Saving the planet.  The local grocery’s food is grown across the country and sometimes world (!), picked super early and sprayed with chemicals to keep it fresh until purchase and then driven or flown across the country to land at your grocery store shelf.  That’s exhausting. Think of all the energy and fuel wasted to make that happen. That is also why food is more expensive at the store.

5. Supporting local farmers.  Farmer’s work hard and we rely on them at least three times a day.  Farmer’s markets cut out the middleman and put more profit in the pockets of the farmers. Plus, it’s nice to meet the person who grows your food.  This is one of my favorite parts.  The last time the kids and I went shopping, we got to meet the farmer who supplied the eggs for that particular market. He even brought a few of his baby chickens for kids to pet. Xan was in love and promptly asked if we could get some egg laying chicks.  I am all about it but getting my husband on board is another story.

Farmer's Market

Once you get your produce home, you will need to clean it.  Not only is your produce usually covered with bacteria, non-organic produce has been sprayed with toxic pesticides.  You definitely will want to get that off.

Buy organic when you can.  For most of us, it is not alway economical to spend more money on organic produce, so using this fruit and veggie cleaner will not only remove the bacteria and little critters but up to 98% of the pesticide residue on the outside of your produce. The DIY fruit and veggie cleaner is super easy and you probably have the ingredients in your kitchen!

DIY fruit & veggie cleaner

Ingredients:

3 cups cold water

1 cup white vinegar

(That’s it!)

Directions:

1. Take a large mixing bowl and add 3 cups cold water and 1 cup white vinegar.

2. Add your produce.  Do like with like here.  For example, hard skinned fruit together (like citrus), berries together and leafy greens together.  That way the big grapefruit doesn’t bruise the soft blackberries.  I always wash the outside of produce even if we don’t eat the skin because most of my produce hang out together and could cross contaminate.

3. Let the produce set in the cleaner for 15-20 minutes.

 

4. Rinse with cold water and let dry completely.

All done and that bacteria, insects and pesticides are rinsed right down the drain.

Check out the funk that was left over after soaking the berries. The photo is a little dark but you can clearly see the dirt and floaty things left behind.


Peace out friends.  Try this DIY fruit & veggie cleaner and let me know what you think. xo