One area in my house I have always used store bought chemical cleaner is… the dreaded cleaning of the toilets. I somehow thought if I used a whole bunch of chemicals in the form of a blue liquid, that this was the only way to “safely clean” my toilets. I had a mental block preventing me from seeing another solution. After all, I knew there had to be another way. Otherwise how would my grandmother have cleaned hers?? I'm pretty sure she was not investing in blue liquid. But I needed to use a recipe from someone I trust.
I recently purchased the book “The Organically Clean Home” by Becky Rapinchuk (Clean Mama). She has changed the way I think of “clean”. Using her book, I’m making some changes and switching to homemade, natural, chemical free cleaners throughout my home.
For years, I have cleaned my sinks and showers with pure 100% white vinegar. Not a nice smell I know, but I knew it worked. I knew that vinegar has a ton of germ killing properties. I knew that it worked well in our old house to clean up the effects of hard well water. Heck, “vinegar” has its own label here on my blog, I use it so much. Sometimes vinegar was the only thing that would work to clean my sinks and showers at the old house, no store bought cleaner could compare. But I could not get past cleaning toilets naturally and without a blue liquid. With Becky’s book, I hope to conquer this fear.
Last night, I made 2 recipes from her book. I wanted to start with recipes I knew I would use often and would make a big difference in our house. One recipe is for my bathrooms – Lavender and Lemon Bathroom Disinfecting Spray. And one is for my kitchen – Tea Tree and Orange Disinfecting Cleaner. I’m not new to Tea Tree essential oil, and I know it has MANY benefits. But, I’m most excited that I can now replace my 100% vinegar solutions. My nose will thank me I’m sure. And now I won’t be worried about using my cleaners before company arrives because I was afraid of the vinegar odour. These cleaners smell wonderful!
I gave the new cleaners a test run, and I am very impressed with how easy they were to throw together. I have all the ingredients on hand. I can now replace my homemade kitchen cleaner and my 100% vinegar bathroom cleaner. I’m so HAPPY!
I’m excited to try more recipes from her book. I have sticky notes all over the pages of her book, marking recipes I want to try next. The best part is most of the recipes use ingredients I already have on hand.
This week, I’m going to conquer my bathroom toilet cleaning fear. I’m giving her very simple, chemical free recipe a try. Not only can I pronounce all the ingredients and I know what they are. Big step. I will let you know how I make out!
By the way, I’m not paid for this post, all opinions are my own. I just love her book and want to share how it is changing my cleaning routine :)