Saturday, February 25, 2012

Gradual Changes--Making Our Home Less Toxic



I paid a visit to my natropath a couple of weeks ago. I have been having ongoing problems--nothing major, just things that I wanted to have guidance in dealing with. During our conversation she asked what cleaning products I use. After a minute or two I told her that I really don't do that much cleaning. Yes, I dust and sweep the floor. The floor gets mopped. I don't let mold sit around in my shower or toilet. However, I don't follow a regular cleaning schedule and I don't like to use a lot of commercial cleaning products--the basic reason I don't do a whole lot of cleaning. I know that sniffing that stuff is not good for us. The whole time I am using those type of cleaning products I am trying not to breath. I mop the floor with vinegar, but I haven't taken the real plunge into more natural cleaning.

Tonight, however, that all changed.

Step #1:
Get rid of the artificial scented wax stuff in the Scentsy.

A dear friend gave me a Scentsy for my birthday a couple of years ago. I have only used it a handful of times because those scents are totally toxic. The daughter got headaches from them, and while I enjoyed having good smelling smells, I knew it really wasn't good.

So . . . I heated up the existing wax with my hair dryer and threw it out. I put coconut oil and lime essential oil in the bowl and plugged it in. So. Much. Better!!! Good smelling home--no toxic induced guilt. Ideally I would like to use beeswax not coconut oil, but I do not currently have any beeswax available, so I used what I had.

Step #2:
Wipe down the walls.

Have you ever been totally amazed to find dust on the walls of your home? It totally freaks me out. So tonight I mixed up the following:

Wall Cleaning Spray
2 cups distilled water
1 cup white vinegar
12 drops lemon essential oil

Mix in a spray bottle. Shake before each spray.

My living room walls got the treatment tonight with the above spray and a microfiber cloth.

Step #3:
Refresh the carpet.

I have found a recipe for a carpet cleaner using essential oils in a rented steam cleaner. That will be happening at some point, but for tonight I vacuumed very well then shook the following onto the carpet:

Carpet Refresher
1 cup cornmeal
2 cups Borax
2 cups baking soda
10 drops rosemary essential oil
20 drops lemon essential oil
20 drops lavender essential oil

Mix well and sprinkle on carpet. Allow to sit for several hours, or better yet, overnight.

The mixture is currently sitting on my carpet and will be vacuumed up in the morning.

My family just got home and they are all very happy with the wonderful smells from all my work.

One room started, many to go, but slow and steady wins the race.

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