Making your own cleaning and household products doesn’t take long; they work just as well as the store-bought chemical-filled ones you buy, and they don’t leave your house smelling antiseptic. They won’t pollute your air, contaminate your carpet, furniture and walls and it won’t irritate asthmatics, and you likely have all of the ingredients you need already in your pantry.

Most household cleaning products contain toxic chemicals which can cause or exacerbate skin or respiratory conditions, cause or contribute to cancer, harm the immune system and even exacerbate or contribute to conditions including ADHD and other medical conditions. There are even warnings printed right on the products that tell you the contents are toxic! Why would you want to use that to clean surfaces that you and your family eat off of?

Changing out the cleaning and household products you use can contribute to healing your body, mind and soul. It’s not hard to do, but at first it is jarring when you don’t smell bleach, pine sol or Fabreze scents when you’re done, which to me, used to be the definition of clean. Now those smells make me gag, and the smell of “nothing” is what I have come to expect

As I say over and over, you don’t have to do everything at once, and every DIY recipe isn’t going to work for you. Change one thing at a time and when you get used to that, change something else. You will be surprised at how quickly you come to appreciate fresh clean air in your home, and super clean surfaces to boot!

HERE IS WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • 1 teaspoon of organic lemon juice, which helps to remove stains from your furniture and moistens wood.
  • ¾ of a cup of good olive oil, preferably organic, which nourishes the wood. I use the same olive in to make furniture polish that I cook with, and I get mine here.
  • ¼ cup of white distilled vinegar, which cleans and refreshes your furniture.

Combine all of the ingredients into a glass container and shake well. Apply to a soft fuzz-free cloth and polish your pieces and let them air dry. After the polish is dry, buff with a clean soft dry cloth.

I store my furniture polish in recycled glass bottles in the fridge, as I do not recommend plastic for storing anything. The polish will keep for about 3 months, but I usually use all it way before that.

Let me know what you think, and don’t forget that if you really need things to smell good, use organic essential oils – the won’t hurt your wood.