Like most of you, we’re working on cutting out as many chemicals from our daily lives as possible. We haven’t used chemical cleaners for years now (and honestly, they weren’t really even a part of my every day life. I hate to clean.) and have found that vinegar, baking soda and plain old water can clean pretty much anything.
We’re still working on switching over to a more natural body/hair wash. Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap has pretty much been the complete solution to our non-chemical bathtime routine. We’re washing our body, hair and face with it and haven’t had any issues with it yet (I’ll let you know if my hair starts to act funny). Going Green with a Bronner Mom is a great blog with tons of helpful information on using the soaps throughout the entire house.
I don’t vacuum everyday (I know…gasp!) but when I do, I love to add a few dashes of natural carpet freshener. Super easy to make and customize. I used lavender buds but really you could use anything (cloves and cinnamon). Here’s the recipe:
Natural Carpet Freshener
1 c baking soda
1/2 c cornstarch
1 c lavender
Blend together until nice and smooth in a food processor. Pour into shaker and spread sparingly on carpet. Vacuum to release the peaceful aroma of lavender without all those nasty chemicals you can’t pronounce. :)
PS: You don’t have to add more powder every time. I vacuumed a few days later (I know, Mom, a record!) and the beautiful scent of lavender was still very apparent.