Last month, creator of 21 Drops and veteran mom, Cary Caster, gave a lecture to the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (the AIA) entitled “Raising your Children Naturally”. We’ll present Cary’s advice for growing healthy children in today’s toxic world in a 3-part series. Part III is about going all-natural with cleaning products.
As the founder of 21 Drops pure essential oil blends, I am an advocate of using aromatherapeutic essential oils in everyday life – they work wonders in so many ways! You can use them to feel better, and be better. And as a mom of three, I always wanted my house to be a safe, clean and healthy refuge for my kids. But most commercial household cleansers are actually chemical factories, loaded with harmful chemicals that replace germs with synthetic chemical hazards.
For disinfecting throughout your house, simple “green” homemade solutions are effective and safe for your children, yourself and your home.
– Use equal parts of white vinegar and water to create a fast, inexpensive and nontoxic cleanser. Vinegar is a natural deodorizer, a perfect substitute for noxious store-bought glass cleanser and can even be used as a fabric softener.
– Baking soda is the most miraculous multipurpose cleanser; it’s both environmentally friendly and economical. The abrasive power of baking soda can cut through grime and grease, and it is a powerful deodorizer, too.
– You can use essential oils for medicinal purposes, but their natural properties make them incredible cleansing agents, too. Many essential oils have inherently natural anti-microbial, anti-septic and anti-viral properties – not to mention the wonderful scent they leave behind! Some of my favorite oils for cleaning are sweet orange, thyme, eucalyptus, lavender, and tea tree.
Do you have any recipes for natural cleansers you’d like to share?
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