In addition to your collection of essential oils, here are four must-have items to add to your toxin-free arsenal:
There are so many uses for Vinegar! Here are few big ones:
- Cleaning agent – from counters to bathtubs to stains – including mold and mildew (white or apple cider vinegar (ACV))
- Air Deodorizer (white or ACV)
- Sanitizer (white)
- Fabric Softener (white) (bonus it’s great for cleaning a washing machine by adding to a wash cycle)
- A key ingredient in many salad dressings (ACV)
Check out https://www.rd.com/home/cleaning-organizing/150-household-uses-for-vinegar/2/ for more ideas on using vinegar
HP is a non-toxic, all-natural chemical compound that undergoes the anthraquinone process to form its final product. The process does not add harsh, toxic chemicals, so for this reason I consider HP to be a “clean” alternative to most other cleaning products in the marketplace. HP has many uses, some of which are similar to vinegar, so this is a great alternative if you don’t like the smell of vinegar.
- Cleaning Agent
- Stain remover
- Odor remover
Check out https://www.diyncrafts.com/10960/health/51-extraordinary-everyday-uses-for-hydrogen-peroxide for many other HP uses.
There are some people who don’t feel baking soda is a “clean” product since it is essentially made in a lab. Baking soda comes from the minerals Trona and Nahcolite. They are then processed to create the baking soda crystals we are familiar with. The process to turn the minerals into crystals does not include adding harsh chemicals, which makes this product “clean.”
Consider baking soda to be an excellent resource for many purposes. Here are a few of them:
- Odor remover
- Skin exfoliant
- Cleaning agent/scrubber
Check out http://www.care2.com/greenliving/51-fantastic-uses-for-baking-soda.html for other baking soda uses.
Epsom salt is a magnesium-based “salt” rather than a traditional sodium-based salt. It is chemically known as magnesium sulfate and is an easy and inexpensive source of magnesium. Like salt, it comes from the earth and does not have harsh chemicals added to it during the processing. However, many times scent or essential oils are added to the salt. It is best to buy the plain salt and add your own oils so that you know they are pure. Epsom salt is recommended for external use only unless directed by a doctor because it can be a potent laxative when taken internally.
Here are a few purposes of Epsom Salt:
- ½ cup in a warm bath to soothe aching muscles and extract toxins from the body
- An excellent source of magnesium – add it to lotion or make a spray bottle
- Tile and grout cleaner
- Sunburn relief
For more information and ideas on how to use Epsom Salt, go here: https://wellnessmama.com/8509/epsom-salt/