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Easy, Natural Ways to Clean Your Home

How do you feel when it’s time to clean your witchy home?

If you’re like a lot of us, you want to have a clean home, but it feels like a chore to do the cleaning. We all know that feeling.

But, when you’re a magickal sort, cleaning your home can turn into a little more fun. How?

Make your own cleaning potions. 

As  a green witch, I have a deep reverence for the natural world, and keeping it safe from pollutants matters to me. So switching to natural cleaners, means having a little fun with them too.

Since you’re reading this, I’d bet Mother Earth matters to you too.

Commercial cleaning products are often filled with chemicals and additives that don’t help clean your home any better and contain unnecessary ingredients. Here are some easy, natural ways to clean your home.

Natural Cleaning Ingredients

Before you can switch to these easy, natural ways to clean your home, you’ll need to gather some natural ingredients and tools.

For natural cleaning, some of the best ingredients include white distilled vinegar, baking soda, lemon, borax, cornstarch, essential oils, and of course good old fashioned water.

You will also need a few supplies for making your own natural cleaning products, including empty spray bottles and possibly measuring spoons or cups. (Even with natural ingredients, be sure to keep everything out of the reach of pets and children!)

 

Baking soda can be used to make cleaning products for your home to reduce chemicals in your home.
Baking soda can be used to make cleaning products for your home to reduce chemicals in your home.

 

Easy Changes to Make Right Now

Let’s keep things simple. Here are a few different ways to clean your home naturally, that doesn’t require much more than what you have on hand now.

  • Use microfiber cloths – With microfiber cloths, they do a lot of the cleaning without needing anything other than water, or maybe a little baking soda for scrubbing. They are gentle, kind to the environment, and can be used over and over again.
  • Stop buying scented products – You don’t need added scents in your cleaning products. You can find natural ways to improve the smell of your home, including essential oil diffusers to provide natural fragrance at any time.
  • (Fragrances are often a chemical sh*tstorm. Check the label.  How is it listed?  Does it say just fragrance or something similar, or are all the ingredients listed out? If it says just fragrance, there’s no way to know what’s in there. Yikes!)
  • Vinegar and citrus are the perfect combo – Any time you need to do some light cleaning or disinfecting, all you need is citrus and white vinegar. These together work great for cleaning windows, wiping down countertops, and even mopping the floors.
  • Make a habit of cleaning as you go – Reduce how much scrubbing you need to do by cleaning more as you go. Rinse dishes when you put them in the sink, wipe down counters after cooking, and rinse your shower walls more often.

Natural Cleaning Potions You Can Make to Clean Your Home

Now for some easy natural cleaning potions (products, but potions is just more fun and more magickal, don’t you think?)  you can make right at home with the ingredients listed above.

  • Deodorize with Baking Soda – Baking soda is going to be your best friend when you decide to use natural cleaning products. It’s excellent for scrubbing, but don’t forget about deodorizing. Sprinkle it in your bathtub, toilet, or garbage can, let it sit for a bit, then rinse with water and things will smell much better. Works in cat litter boxes too!
  • All-Purpose Cleaner – You can make your own all-purpose cleaner with just white distilled vinegar, water, and lemon. Use about one part water with one part vinegar, then add the rind from a lemon to the bottle for added scent. Just be careful about using the acidic products on granite or marble.
  • Vinegar & Citrus Peel Cleaner for the toilet  – place orange or lemon peels in a jar, cover with white vinegar.  Leave on a sunny window sill for two weeks.  Shake daily.  Strain out the peel and it’s ready to use. Be sure to label it.  (Use clean glass jars from the recycling bin for this!)

 

The Take-Away: Take a look in your cabinets before you clean your home next time

Before it’s time to clean your home again, take a look in your cabinets.

  • What’s in your cleaning products?
  • Read the labels.
  • Look up any ingredient you don’t know.
  • What are the warnings?
  • Is there something else you can use?
  • Is there a cleaner substitute?
  • Can you make it yourself?

Watch out for “greenwashing” when buying cleaning products.  It’s become pretty common for companies to place words like “natural” or “green” on their labels.

Start with one product at a time. Look for a cleaner option, or try one of the recipes above. It may take some experimenting to find something you love, but think of it as an investment in yourself!  (Check out the personal care items you’re using too!)

Always read the ingredient label on every cleaning product.

If you need to buy essential oils for your cleaning preparations, I love Plant Therapy and Aura Cacia.

What will you try next time you clean your home?

Blessed be!

 

 

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