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Begin a Home Detox With These Easy Recipes

Over the past 3 years, I have slowly moved away from using a lot of common, store-bought cleaning and cosmetic products. Three years ago, I was living in a college dorm doing my best to combat the germs and grossness of living in a dorm with a caddy full of cleaning supplies under my sink. After getting a very bad case of bronchitis my first semester of college, I remember spraying disinfectant cleaners over everything every time someone left my room. I may have been going overboard but I was tired of being sick! After 4 months of a perpetual, killer cough, I was getting desperate. I had several kinds of medicine and an inhaler and nothing was making it go away completely. At the time, my older sister had been doing research on natural substitutes for cosmetics and cleaning supplies to use in everyday living. She suggested that I try making a few of my own things for cleaning and recommended some natural cosmetic replacements as well. It turned out that the products I was using were preventing me from healing. My cough began going away almost immediately after cutting hairspray from my daily ritual. It was such a relief! I believe some of the unexplained health conditions we often have to deal with today are partly due to the toxic chemicals we use in everyday living.

I want to share a few of my favorite recipes for the home with you. I am learning the importance of taking care of my body and making sure that I am using the safest ingredients. Researching all of the ingredients in the products you’re using could take forever. Companies are not required to share the ingredients in their products, so it may not even be possible to find out what toxins are in them. What I have learned is that the fewer ingredients the better. I like to keep things simple, so I have started making some of my own product replacements.

What I found:

  • It can be a big money saver
  • It is actually quick and easy
  • It is better for the environment
  • It is better for YOU

All Natural Laundry Detergent

This recipe is definitely one of my favorites because it is so easy and cheap! Store bought laundry detergent is often filled with harmful chemicals. They often have fragrances, sulfates, and things like petroleum distillates which have been linked to cancer and lung disease. Making your own laundry detergent is well worth it.

Ingredients

4

Time to Make

10 Minutes

Price Per Large Batch

$10

Loads

60

Ingredients

  • All Natural Bar Soap (There are a lot of good options for natural soap. I like to use Dr Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap or some of the soap my sister makes Moyne Naturals).
  • Baking Soda
  • Washing Soda
  • Borax
  • (Optional) Lavender Essential Oil

* High Efficiency Washing machine safe

Instructions

  1. Cut bar soap into small pieces with a knife and grind in food processor. If the bar soap is not completely cured or dry, add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of baking soda to prevent your food processor from becoming gummy.
  2. Add ground bar soap, borax, baking Soda, and washing soda in a large canning jar and shake until ingredients are mixed together.
  3. Optional: you may add 20 drops of an essential oil of your choice for scent. I added lavender because it is one of the safest essential oils for all skin types.

All Purpose Cleaner

This spray is great for cleaning kitchens and bathrooms. I like to keep mine in a glass spray bottle because they are better to store essential oils in.

Ingredients

4

Time to Make

5 Minutes or less

Price Per Large Batch

Less than $1

Yields

16 oz

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 10 drops natural dish liquid (I really like to use Seventh Generation Dish Liquid)
  • (Optional) 10 drops of lavender essential oil or 20 drops of lemon essential oil
  • (Optional) 10 drops of tea tree oil

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to 16 oz spray bottle and shake to combine

TIP: If you want a cleaning wipe instead of a spray, you can remove the middle of a paper towel roll and cut the roll in half. Then simply wet roll with mixture and store in an air tight container. Make sure your paper towels are the thick, extra strong kind so that they won’t tear easily when damp.

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. – 3 John 2:2

Watercolor photo from: Dancing Strokes

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6 Comments

  • Reply Jacqueline Miller March 4, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Love these!!! Thanks for the tag! Lavender essential oil is my favorite for almost any household cleaning because it is safe to use around children and pets. This is an awesome informational site on the use and safety of essential oils for anyone interested: http://www.usingeossafely.com/

    Thanks again!

    • Reply Jenni Beltz March 8, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      Oh good. 🙂 Thank you, Jacque!

  • Reply Kristin Ainsworth March 4, 2017 at 9:18 am

    What great ideas! I’ve made my own laundry detergent for about 5 or 6 years now and love the way it makes my clothes smell. I make it in much larger batches (like a 5 gallon bucket) and it will last almost a year. I’d love to hear how you replaced hairspray!

    Great blog! I’ll be visiting frequently!

    • Reply Jenni Beltz March 8, 2017 at 8:14 pm

      Oh that sounds great, then you don’t have to keep making it! 🙂 I will be posting some natural cosmetic recipes in the future.

  • Reply Megan March 4, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Love these recipes! I’m especially excited to try the all purpose cleaner recipe. 🙂

    • Reply Jenni Beltz March 8, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      I’m so glad you like them! Thanks Megan. 🙂

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