Updated: Aug 30, 2022
Everyday we rise we are given a new day to live as conscientious beings on this planet. We are brushing our teeth, lol, putting on our clothes, eating different foods, tidying our homes, shopping, driving various vehicles, and despite all of these activities that many would definitely consider "luxuries" in society, we still must continue to consider how impactful these activities are to our sanctuary (home), the environment, and our well-being. If we start in our homes to create a more holistically well-balanced environment, it will eventually reflect in our outer environment as well.
I will share with you several natural recipes that will always stand the test of time, are simple, easy to create, cost-effective, zero-waste, and non-toxic so you can continue to reduce your impact for the well-being of yourself, other people, your family, and the environment.
I could talk about all of the chemicals that are in and on products, water, foods, air, etc. Instead, I want you to be accessible to organizations that are dedicated to specifically educating the public on these issues in our environment, see below:
1. The Toxicology Education Foundation (TEF)
is a non-profit charitable 501 (c)(3) foundation whose mission is to enhance public understanding of toxicology through access to objective, science-based information on the safety of chemicals and other agents encountered in daily life.
2. Environmental Working Group
Mission - To empower you with breakthrough research to make informed choices and live a healthy life in a healthy environment.
Enhance public awareness and understanding of fundamental key principles related to chemical hazards in our homes, workplaces, schools, and general environment.
NON-TOXIC NATURAL CLEANING RECIPES
FRUIT AND VEGGIE SOAK SOLUTION
1 gallon of water
Alternate - You can use 1/4 of apple-cider vinegar or 3% Hydrogen Peroxide in a sinkful of water as well:-)
Soak raw fruit and veggies in this solution for 15 mins. This will remove parasites as well as pesticide residue!
Place vinegar into a spray bottle, and spray away, lol! The smell will go away in a few hours. I personally dilute vinegar with a 1:1 ratio so I take 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water into a glass spray bottle. You can use it on your counter tops, cutting boards, etc. Studies have shown it kills 99% of bacteria, 82% of mold, and 80% of viruses.
TIP: Feel free to consider adding some drops of essential oils to play with the smell of your disinfectant.
ANTI-BACTERIAL HAND SOAP
A bottle of your regular hand soap, I created an amazing bodywash that can be used as hand soap as well and it already has lavender in it! Purchase here: https://honorof.myshopify.com/products/honor-of
Add drops of either essential oil to your hand soap. Lavender and Tea Tree Oil both have natural anti-bacterial properties.
ALL-PURPOSE SPRAY CLEANER
1/2 teaspoon of washing soda
squirt of liquid hand soap
2 cups of hot water
Combine ingredients in spray bottle and shake until washing soda is dissolved. Apply and wipe with a cloth or eco-friendly sponge. You can also add a few drops of essential oil to your all purpose spray as well.
MOLD AND MILDEW SPRAY
2 tsps of tea tree oil
2 cups of water
Combine in spray bottle and shake. Spray on moldy or mildewed areas. Do not rinse. This spray has a long shelf life.
If your really not feeling the vibe of using a vinegar disinfectant, lol, I feel you, its okay, you can simply take 40-60 drops of grapefruit seed extract and add it to 32 ounces of water in a eco-friendly spray bottle.
You can use grapefruit seed extract for sink washing of your fruits, vegetables, meat and poultry. Simply add 30 or more drops of grapefruit seed extract to your sink water. Add 20 drops of grapefruit seed extract to a 32 ounce spray bottle filled with water and you can spray your food.
You can apply 10 to 20 drops of Grapefruit seed extract to your cutting boards and work into entire board with an eco-friendly sponge or cloth. Leave for atleast 30 minutes, rinse with water.
To boost your automatic dishwasher cleaning you can add 15 to 30 drops of grapefruit seed extract your detergent or final rinse.
Add 30 to 60 drops of grapefruit seed extract to a 32 ounce eco-friendly spray bottle with water or cleanser to create an all purpose cleaner. Use on all surfaces around the house.
Stir 5 to 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract into a glass of water. Submerge your toothbrush for 15 minutes (or leave in between uses ). Rinse toothbrush before using. Change water and remix every few days.
Let me know in the comments what recipe you created and feel free to tag me on Instagram as well @montaukavenue