Detoxing the Home

Take a deep breath and ask yourself, “What exactly am I inhaling?” It could be the air fresheners that coat your nasal passages with an oil film called methoxychlor or the waft of furniture polish that contains a chemical called nitrobenzene. Or you could be breathing in the fumes of a bleach-based cleaning powder with a carcinogen known to increase chances of getting cancer and developing asthma and reproductive disorders.

As fall weather draws you to stay indoors, you spend more time exposed to the harmful chemicals inherent in commercial cleaning products, jeopardizing not only your health but your home environments as well.

So before you begin your everyday cleaning, consider these alternatives for shifting to a more natural and safe home.

Natural Floor Cleaners

Essential oils are an easy and nontoxic way to clean up dirt and leave a refreshing, clean aroma in the air. Here are the best oils to use:

  • Protective Blend: lavender and lemon
  • Citrus Blend: lemon, lemongrass, wild orange and lime
  • Spicy Blend: orange, clove or cinnamon
  • Cleansing Blend: melaleuca and eucalyptus
  • Minty Refresher: peppermint and wild orange

Click here for the recipe to a multipurpose floor cleaner.

DIY Laundry Detergent

Making your own laundry detergent will save you so much money. With Tide, you spend about 12-cents a load. A DIY laundry detergent amounts to $7 a batch which means each load is 2-cents!

Click here for the recipe to a DIY Laundry Detergent!

Furniture Polish

The Eartheasy website offers two great tips for making your own furniture polish.

For varnished wood combine a few drops of lemon oil with 1/2 cup of warm water in a spray bottle. Spray onto a soft, slightly damp cotton cloth and wipe the furniture. Follow up by wiping the furniture again with a dry cotton cloth.

If your wood is unvarnished, mix together 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of olive oil and apply a small amount to a soft cotton cloth. Saturate the cloth with the mixture by squeezing it and use wide strokes to apply to furniture.

Glass Cleaner

Stop using chemical-laden glass cleaners and eliminate dangerous toxins from your home and your life. I like to partially fill a glass spray bottle with filtered water, add 2-3 tablespoons of white vinegar, about two drops of wild orange essential oil and six to eight drops of lemon essential oil. Then I fill the bottle with water. Shake well, and it’s ready to go!

Air Freshener

As a final touch to your refreshed house, use an essential oil diffuser to purify the air. Aromatherapy essential-oil diffusers combat microorganisms, decrease the toxicity of chemicals and increase atmospheric oxygen. They boost the immune system whereas conventional air fresheners can harm the nerves in your nose over time and interfere with your ability to smell. I like to combine two drops each of lavender, lemon and peppermint essential oil.

Click here for 20 Fall Diffuser Blends!

Once you finish thoroughly detoxing your home from dirt, toxic chemicals and dangerous solutions, you can enjoy a healthy home environment. Curl up with a cup of tea and relax. Your everyday natural home is sure to give you a lot of joy and set your family on a path to a healthier life.

Jacqueline Ritz is founder of The Paleo Mama blog, an essential-oil educator, a DIY guru and a student of herbal medicine. Not too long ago she talked her husband into giving up their big-city life to buy some goats and chickens. The rest is history! She has had a strong desire to raise her kids in an environment where they could learn to love and appreciate this beautiful world and where they could get back to the simplicity of living a more natural life.