There is nothing like cleaning the home using just a few household ingredients like vinegar and baking soda, with the addition of essential oils. It makes the task enjoyable, and you can feel good that you’re doing it toxic-free. I just cleaned the sink and the stove, and now the kitchen smells heavenly. Love, love that fresh lemony scent!
Here’s a basic formula for cleaning the kitchen sink, and another one for the floor, from this favorite book. The title says it all: THE NATURALLY CLEAN HOME: 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning. It’s a very handy resource small enough to fit the homemaker’s apron’s pocket.
BASIC SINK CLEANER
This formula is safe for porcelain or stainless steel sinks. Not only will it clean the sink basin and faucets, but it will also keep drains and garbage disposals fresh-smelling and free of clogs.
- 1/4 c baking soda
- 1/2 c vinegar
- 3 drops lavender, rosemary, lemon, lime or orange essential oil
Combine. Rinse sink well with hot water. Pour the cleanser in the sink and wipe with a sponge or cloth. Rinse again with hot water. (A vinegar rinse can be used before this final rinse to prevent baking soda residue.)
CITRUS FLOOR CLEANER
- 1 gallon hot water
- 2T liquid castile soap
- 15 drops sweet orange essential oil
- 8 drops lemon essential oil, or 1/4 c lemon juice
No rinsing necessary. Happy cleaning!