We are bombarded with hundreds of toxins in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and the products we use on a daily basis. Because these toxins directly impact our cellular function, our microbiome (the beneficial bacteria on our skin and in our gut), and our endocrine function (hormone activity), which means that they have a direct negative impact on our health and quality of life.
This is an especially relevant topic if you are actively struggling with infertility, hormone imbalance, autoimmunity, or another chronic health condition. All of these problems can be exacerbated, and even fueled, by toxin exposure.
There is a lot of toxin exposure that we can’t control, but we can control what we bring into our homes. Making your own simple and effective household cleaners is a great place to start.
Non-Toxic Household Cleaners
If you haven’t made the switch to non-toxic, eco-friendly household cleaners, I urge you to do so. There are lots of options out there, but I would caution you to read the ingredients. Just because the label says it’s “green,” doesn’t mean it’s totally safe!
If you are like me, you may tire of trying to decipher the long convoluted chemical names you will inevitably find on the bottles.
One option is to run a search through the Environmental Working Group website. They have a Guide to Healthy Cleaners and a searchable database where you can find lists of the top-rated non-toxic cleaning products that they have evaluated. (You might also like to check out the EWG app, which you can use when you are at the store to check the safety of food and body care products.)
Of course, another great solution is to switch straight to making your own, and then you will know exactly what you are spraying on your countertops every day.
In my case, after a number of years of buying “green” cleaners at the store, I realized that the plastic spray bottles that they came in weren’t so eco-friendly after all (being single use plastic). It had been a number of years since I had switched to glass food storage containers, and I realized that it was time to eliminate even more plastic from my home. As a bonus, I discovered that it was way cheaper to make my own!
My Homemade All-Purpose Cleaning Spray
You can find tons of great recipes out there for DIY cleaners. I played around until I found some I liked. This all-purpose cleaning spray takes less than 2 minutes to make, and it smells absolutely divine from the lemon, rosemary, and lavender essential oils. Nothing beats essential oils for making cleaning enjoyable!
This spray is non-toxic and it's an effective antimicrobial cleaner thanks to the alcohol and the essential oils. And did I mention that it smells fantastic?
All-Purpose Cleaning Spray Recipe
1 1/4 cup distilled water
1/2 cup vodka⠀⠀
1/2 tsp castille soap
5 drops grapefruit seed extract⠀
10 drops each lavender, rosemary, and lemon essential oils⠀
16 oz glass spray bottle
Pour everything into the spray bottle and shake to mix! I typically give the bottle a bit of a shake each time before using, but it seems to work great even when I don’t.
You can, of course, play around with the essential oil blend to your liking. Tea tree oil and eucalytpus oil are other common favorites to use for cleaning spray recipes for their anti-microbial action.
I’d love to hear how you like this recipe or if you have your own favorite!
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Julie Johnson is a licensed acupuncturist, board certified herbalist, and the owner of Seven Seeds Acupuncture. She is an NCCAOM Diplomate of Oriental Medicine and a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. She specializes in women’s health and she is passionate about self-care and eco-friendly living. She loves combining these passions to help her clients get healthy and stay healthy for a lifetime.