"It is my job to make sure that you grow up to be a productive member of society and not a burden to it!" ~ my dad.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Naturally Clean Home

One of my goals in being the person God created me to be is to be a better steward of my money. Having enough money to live as comfortably as I do is a blessing straight from God and I need to show my appreciation for this blessing by making more sensible choices about how I spend it.

One way I've chosen to save money is to stop spending it on unnecessary (and toxic) cleaning supplies. Not to mention, I'm starting to get a little sick thinking about all the harmful chemicals I'm bringing into my home and exposing my children to. I'll be honest, I haven't done all the research on it but you can read a couple of articles on the subject here and here.

I think it's safe to say, however, that cleaning your home with more natural products and ingredients is just an all-around better way to go. Not to mention, cheaper!

I recently purchased The Naturally Clean Home by Karyn Siegel-Maier from Amazon a couple of weeks ago. I have not yet tried any of the recipes but will be doing so today. My kitchen sink is in need of some love so I'm going to try out the basic sink cleanser recipe. Care to go on this adventure with me? Great!

Okay, according to The Naturally Clean Home, this cleanser is safe for porcelain or stainless steel sinks. The author recommends using a vinegar rinse before the final hot water rinse to prevent residue from the baking soda. From the book:

Basic Sink Cleanser

1/4 cup baking soda
1/2 cup vinegar
3 drops lavendar, rosemary, lemon, lime or orange essential oil
Combine all ingredients. Rinse sink well with hot water.
Pour the cleanser in the sink and wipe with a sponge or cloth.
Rinse again with hot water.

I don't have any of the essential oils listed but I do have peppermint. That ought to wake me up, wouldn't you say! I'll let you know how my sink turns out. If you are willing to give this natural cleanser a try, I'd love to hear how you liked it. Also, if you have a tip for cleaning your home naturally, please let me know. I'd love to highlight it in an upcoming post! Thanks!

Update: I used the cleanser above and, I have to say, I really like it! I completely forgot about the essential oils but that was okay. And it was nice being able to clean something without breathing any fumes. It worked fast, was easy and rinsed very nicely. I didn't need to do the vinegar rinse at the end. The hot water rinse worked just fine. I'll definitely be using this again!

1 comment:

Jen said...

I started doing "Green Tuesdays" on my blog, so I'm really gonna try this one out. I have a few more recipes too.