A Naturally Clean Home

Researchers have found more than 300 chemicals in the umbilical cord blood
of newborn babies, rendering them pre-polluted even before birth. 

I recently just watched the documentary "The Human Experiment" and it was an eye opener. Some of the stuff I was aware of but watching that film really opened my eyes! Watch the film and learn about how you can protect yourself and your family. A great place to start is with your household products. Living a Mindful life means you are aware what's going on your body and your household. Be aware of the products you're using. Most of these products are killing us!  We need to be paying more attention to the composition of their household products. In a lot of other countries half of the chemicals that us Americans use are band! YES BAND! So why is it ok for us Americans to use them? 

This is few home remedies that you can use for your household. Easy to make and will save you a lot of money! Lets start with herbs and their beneficial properties:

Many herbs have antibiotic, antiviral, antiseptic, and anti fungal properties. The following list is not complete by any means, but it represents the most communion herbs that are easy to find or are available in essential oils!

bay-antibacterial

Bergomot-Antibiotic

Camphor-antibacterial

Cardamon-antibacterial

Chamomile-antibiotic, antibacterial

Cinnamon-Antiviral

Citronella-Antibacterial

Clove-antibiotic, antiviral

Cypress-Antibacterial

Eucalyptus-antibiotic, Antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial

Ginger-Antibacterial

Hypsop-Antifungal, antibacterial

Jupiter-Antifungal, antibacterial 

Lavender-Antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial

Lemon-antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial

lemongrass-antibacterial

Lemon verbena-antibacterial

Lime-Antibiotic, antibacterial

Marjoram-antibacterial

Myrtle-antibiotic, antifungal

Nutmeg-antibiotic

Orange-antibacterial

Oregano-antibiotic, antiviral

Patchouli-antibiotic, antifungal

Pine-antibiotic, antibacterial

Rosemary-antibacterial

Sage-Antifugal, antibacterial

Sandalwood-antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial

Savory-antifungal, 

Spearmint-antibacterial

Tea tree-antibiotic, anti fungal,antiviral, antibacterial

Thyme-antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral

Vervain-antibacterial

wintergreen-antibacterial; take extra care when handling

Washing the Dishes

Dishwashing liquids and automatic dishwashers detergents have been designed to lure the consumer with their stimulating lemony scent. Their aromatic choice is more than an advertising gimmick. Yes, the lemon smell is nice but its the rest of the ingredients in these harsh detergents that we are better off without. 

Dishwashing blend

liquid castile soup

15 drops lemon or lemongrass essential oil

6 drops lavender essential oil

5 drops bergamot essential oil

Fill a clean 22-once plastic squirt bottle (bpa-free) with castile soap (diluted according to directions if using concentrate). Add the essential oils. Shake the bottle before use. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the liquid to dishwater and wash as usual. 

The Kitchen Sink

The baking soda- essential oil mixtures in the following formula can be made in larger batches and stored in a glass jar (store the vinegar separately) 

1/4 cup backing soda

1/2 cup vinegar

3 drops lavender, rosemary, lemon, lime, or orange essential oil

Combine all ingredients. Rise sink well with hot water. Pour the cleaner in the sink and wipe with sponge or cloth. Rise again with hot water. 

Overall Household Cleaner (kitchen, sinks, bathrooms etc.)

Lemon Cleaner

1 teaspoon liquid castile soap

1/4 cup white vinegar

1/4 cups lemon juice

2 cups water

6 drops citrus seed extract

4 drops lemon, lime, orange, or eucalyptus essential oil

1 teaspoon borax

Combine all ingredients in a glass spray bottle. Shake well before each use. Spray generally on appliance surface and wipe with a damp cloth or sponge. Wipe dry with a cloth or towel.

Laundry

Essential Oil chart for Laundry

Cedar-Adds a clean, woodsy scent

Chamomile-Soothing

Eucalyptus-Excellent for colds and sinus trouble

Lavender-Relaxing

Lemon-Stimulation, helps whiten laundry

Peppermint-Good for colds and sinus trouble

Rose Geranium-Adds a romantic scent

Rosemary-Calming (but often stimulating on its own)

Sweet Orange-Helps remove stains and whiten laundry

Tea tree-Antibacterial and antifungal

Basic Liquid Formula

2 1/2 cups liquid castile soap

1/4 cups white distilled vinegar

1 tablespoon glycerin

3/4 cups water

10-15 drops essential oil of your choice 

Combine all ingredients into a glass container or quirt bottle. Shake once or twice before adding to the watch. To use, ands 1/2 cup per load; 1/2 cup for extra large or heavily soiled loads.

Baby's Laundry Formula

babies can sure get their clothing messy! Borax and vinegar will help to whiten and soften fabrics. 

2 drops essential oil (optional)

2 tablespoons liquid castile soap

1/4 cup washing soda

1 cup backing soda

1/4 cup borax 

1/4 cup white vinegar

If using essential oil, mix with the castile soap. Add this mixture to washer along with the washing soda, baking soda, borax, and vinegar. Wash as usual. 

Bright Color Formula

1 ounce liquid castile soap (scented with 2 drops essential oil, if desired)

1/4 cup washing soda

1/2 cup Epsom Salts

Add the liquid castile soap to washer, then add washing soda epsom salts. wash as usual.

Wood Polishes

1/4 cup linseed oil

3 drops lavender or rosemary essential oil

Combine oils in a bowl. Apply a light layer of polish to wood with a brush or cloth. Rub into wood with a soft cloth, using circular motions. Wipe again with a dry cloth.

Hardwood Floor Wash

If you have loose boards or wood tiles, had wipe these areas with the wash. Excess liquid from the mop can get in the crake and cause further buckling. 

1 1/2 cups water

1 1/2 cups vinegar

20 drops peppermint essential oil

Combine all the ingredients in a glass spray bottle. Use sparingly, working on small sections of the floor. Dry mop the floor after washing. 

Simple Wall Cleaning Formula

1 cup of water

1/2 cup vinegar

6 drops lemon, grapefruit, or orange essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a glass spray bottle. Shake vigorously before each use. Lightly spray the affected areas of your wall and wipe with a clean, damp sponge.

Disinfectant Formula

This recipe is great for leaning wall surfaces in a child's room, as well as light switches, the side of the crib, or wherever little fingers tend to leave smudges and germs. 

1 cup water

1 cup vinegar

5 drops tea tree essential oil

3 drops thyme essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a glass spray bottle. Lightly spray the affected areas of your wall and wipe with a clean, damp sponge. 

Hope this recipes work for you and help you live a mindful life. Stay conscious and always ask questions!!!!!!!!!!!

Sat Nam, 

NamShakti