Home Essentials

Many household cleaners contain toxins that are hazardous to you and your pets. In her book "The Naturally Clean Home" Karyn Siegel-Maier states, "According to a five-year EPA study, the air in an average American home has chemical contamination levels 70 times greater than outdoor air. The EPA maintains that half of all illnesses occurring in the United Sates can be attributed to chemical contamination of indoor air. In fact, a 1985 EPA report states that household cleaners are three times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor air pollution. "

You can make numerous safe and natural cleaners with white vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils. For a simple fabric softener try adding 20 drops of your favorite essential oil to a gallon of white vinegar. To remove soap scum combine 1-tablespoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 drops of peppermint essential oil and enough white vinegar to make a paste. A disinfecting toilet bowl cleaner can be made with ½ cup baking soda, ¼ cup white vinegar and 10 drops of tea tree essential oil.

For a window cleaner that discourages flies and bugs around the windows mix the juice from one lemon, 2 cups of club soda, ½ teaspoon peppermint essential oil and 1 teaspoon cornstarch in a spray bottle.

There are several books with recipes for natural cleaning and pest control. You will find a list of my favorite with links to purchase them from Amazon on the "Reading Room" page of the Midas Touch web site.