VOCs, Cleaning Products, & Homemade Recipes!
Updated: Jan 28
Honestly, this topic was on my to-do list long before sanitation became an issue for our world as we know it. Prior to April 2020, I was providing Private Yoga & Guided Meditation services all over the Columbus Metropolitan Area. I would enter facilities who regularly leaned on harsh chemicals to keep their locations sanitized. I felt terrible mainly for the cleaning crew who inhaled these products, all day, everyday. Next, I sympathized for the general staff that worked in these buildings full-time as they were also consuming the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). I felt blessed that I was only scheduled to be on-site for a few hours at most weekly. These locations inspired this blog post.
I will never forget the last time I cleaned my space with harsh chemicals. It was 2012, I lived in Winter Park, Florida and after an all day cleaning spree one Saturday, I felt terribly ill. I knew it could only be related to the VOCs as I felt wonderful prior to initiating my spring cleaning. When I considered the job done, I phoned my grandmother, Syl Jean, who also expressed being super sensitive to cleaning chemicals! My grandmother informed me that other options existed and that I would still consider my space to be spick and span! Most importantly, I would be taking the very best care of my one and only temple by avoiding these harsh cleaning chemicals altogether.
I've been using natural and homemade cleaning products ever since! Figured you might be running low on your regular solutions and might like to try fun new recipes at home! These homemade cleaning products will help to improve the health and wellness of everyone who lives under your roof, especially the little ones! Your air quality is so very important. Choosing natural and organic options to keep your space sanitized is one large step in the right direction for you and everyone who also breaths your air.
-Using a spray bottle add 1 tablespoon DR. BRONNER'S PURE-CASTILE SOAP (TEA TREE would be my first recommendation, if available) + 2 cups of water.
*Be sure to always label your creations!
*For stronger cleaning you can increase your concentration up to equal parts soap and equal parts water, such as, 1 cup soap + 1 cup water, but you will need to rinse surface after with just water to avoid leaving a film.
-Using a DARK spray bottle add 1 cup hydrogen peroxide + 2 cups water + 10 drops tea tree oil (organic and pure). Lemon is another option for essential oil but tea tree is my number one recommendation.
*To maintain potency, store in a dark space when not in use.
*Spray anywhere that needs disinfecting, from the kitchen to the toilet bowl!
Surface Cleaner & Disinfectant
-Using a spray bottle add 1 cup apple cider vinegar + 1 cup water + 10 drops tea tree oil or lemon oil but tea tree will always be my #1 recommendation. Both essential oils cover the smell of the vinegar very well!
*This product is acidic; make sure it's safe for use on your desired surface!
Stainless Steel & Windows
-You can pour white vinegar on a rag and wipe down your stainless steel!
-You can also use white vinegar on your windows! If you're using white vinegar for the very first time use the following recipe! If this is not your first rodeo, omit the soap! The soap helps to remove the residue from your windows that is associated with your previous commercial product. 3 cups water + 1/3 cup white vinegar + 1/2 teaspoon dish soap (I use DR. BRONNER'S PURE-CASTILE SOAP as my dish soap). Mix, spray, and wipe!
-1 cup washing soda (to make washing soda: bake baking soda in a glass dish for 30 minutes @ 450 degrees fahrenheit) + 1 cup borax (can be purchased at your local grocery or online) + 1/2 cup kosher salt + 1/2 cup citric acid (key ingredient to avoid residue on your dishes). Mix all dry ingredients together and store in a labeled glass mason jar, for one example. You can even shake your mason jar to make sure all ingredients are mixed well!
*You will need 1 tablespoon of your homemade dishwashing detergent per load!
*Fill your rinse aid with 2-3 tablespoons white vinegar!
- Make 1/4 cup washing soda (bake 1/4 cup baking soda in a glass dish for 30 minutes @ 450 degrees fahrenheit) and set aside.
-Completely dissolve 1/4 bar grated soap (I prefer DR. BRONNER'S Baby Unscented, Almond, or Lavender Bar Soap) into 1 cup boiling water using your oven.
-In a large container, glass mason jar if your prefer, add 3 quarts of water + 2 tablespoons borax + ingredients listed above & stir!
*This mixture will take a little time to reach consistency but will be goopy when complete!
*You will need about 1/3 cup per load!
I hope you find profound enjoyment through making your own cleaning products, as I have. I hope you sleep more soundly at night knowing these recipes I've shared are natural, organic, and most importantly safe to use around yourself and your family!
Should you ever enter periods in your life where the thought of making homemade cleaning products seems like climbing Mount Everest the following are my favorite healthy convenient options:
1) seventh generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner | Lemongrass Citrus
2) seventh generation Disinfecting Wipes | Lemongrass Citrus
3) doTERRA On Guard Cleaner Concentrate
4) seventh generation Dish Liquid | Free & Clear
5) seventh generation Dishwasher Gel | Free & Clear
6) all free & clear Laundry Detergent
7) seventh generation Laundry Detergent | Free & Clear
*Bonus recommendations for the current climate:
8) Mrs. Meyer's Hand Sanitizer | Basil
9) Dr. Bronner's Organic Hand Sanitizer
*I've yet to try seventh generation Household Cleaners but their available options look impressive for the avid cleaner!
*I've yet to give Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day a good all-around try because I've fallen hard for seventh generation! Mrs. Meyer's remains on my to-try list! Should she also be on yours?
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May your air quality always support optimal health and wellness for you and everyone you love most!
Peace, Love, & Everlasting Protection!
Maggie Fekete, E-RYT, CHC, BCHHP
Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher
Certified Health Coach
Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner