Here is another big question. What is the best natural cleaner? So many people want to know. We are all trying to decrease the toxic loads on ourselves and our families and yet we still need to clean. There are a ton of toxic cleaners being used right now in the wake of COVID. Many cleaners can’t even be purchased anymore, or there are caps on how many you can buy at a time because people are cleaning and disinfecting more than usual. Well I don’t have the only answer or the best answer, but here are the three natural cleaners that I suggest to my friends and family:
The Basic Tried and True… AKA… vinegar and baking soda. Yes, I use this for more purposes than you can believe. It is super affordable and it works in almost every room of my house. Baking soda is great for cleaning toilets, tough grime, stains on countertops and even for pulling stains up out of carpets. Vinegar is my go to for anything that I want clean. I dilute it and use it in the bathroom, in the kitchen, to clean our my dishwasher, so clean out my washing machine, on floors, on doorknobs, on windows and more. To step this up a notch, add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil and breath deeply when cleaning (which is not something I would do if I was using one of those toxic heavy duty cleaners… if you know what I am talking about.)
The Happy Smelling Fancy Basic Cleaner… AKA… Young Living Theives Cleaner. This one makes me happy because I love the smell. I love the smell when I am cleaning and I love the smell it leaves in the room that I have just cleaned. This can be diluted and used for a ton of purposes as well. For a few ideas, check out the Young Living website here. I call this one fancy because it kind of is. It smells luxurious and comfortable at the same time, it can make your counters shine beautifully, and I don’t worry about getting it on my hands.
The Cleanest of Clean… AKA… Branch Basics. This cleaner is insanely non-toxic. It is so clean that it has been tested on more sensitive surfaces than most can imagine. Some people use this cleaner as their body soap, it is that clean of a product! This company has done their homework, their research, their passion project, and then some. If sensitivity is a thing for you, then this might be the name for you. In addition, it is a highly effective cleaner with many many uses.
So pick your non-poison if you know what I mean. And if you have another one you love, please mention it in the notes so other inspired moms can check it out. Thanks! And one other note here that you might want to consider… is that is all of this hyper crazy cleaning that everyone is doing benefiting our bodies and our health? This will be a personal answer for everyone as I believe that each family has to find their balance in what does clean mean for them. That said, if you are interested in reading more on this topic, I would check out Dr. Axe’s book called “Eat Dirt.” His book is a fascinating read about the importance of having natural dirt and organisms in our life for health and well being.