These are some of my standby natural housekeeping recipes that I have been using for years to keep our home clean, fresh, and chemical free.
All-Purpose Citrus Cleaner
• ½ quart Water
• ½ quart White Vinegar
• 1 T. Plant-based Soap (Trader Joe’s dish soap, Ecover, etc.)–or, 2-3 drops Norwex Dish Soap
• 8 drops Essential Oil of Orange or Lemon
• 8 drops Essential Oil of Grapefruit
• 8 drops Tea Tree Oil
Combine all in a clean spray bottle, shake well and spray onto surfaces to be cleaned.
Be careful when using this on grout–the vinegar will soften it. Best to avoid grout areas with vinegar.
This can also be diluted with 1 part cleaner, 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar to mop tile and linoleum floors.
Shower, Toilet and Sink Cleaner
• 1 large bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide
• All-Purpose Citrus Cleaner (recipe listed above)
• Baking Soda or Bon Ami
Pour hydrogen peroxide into a clean spray bottle and spray all surfaces of the shower. Bacteria and debris will cause an oxidative reaction when the hydrogen peroxide is sprayed on them; allow this process to happen for a few minutes, then sprinkle baking soda or Bon Ami over the areas to be cleaned.
Next, spray on the All-Purpose Citrus Cleaner (if using baking soda, another oxidative reaction will happen once the vinegar of the Cleaner and baking soda combine—not a problem—it will just fizz.) Use a an mildly abrasive sponge like the Norwex SpiriSponge to clean.
Rinse with water to remove residue.
Safe and Effective Surface Disinfectant
If you really want to use a cleaner, a good option is to simply spray Benefect Botanical Solution onto the surfaces to be disinfected and allow it to sit a few minutes before wiping (don’t use your Norwex cloths with any non-Norwex cleaning products–they are designed to ONLY be used with water.) The formulation, rich in thyme oil, has been clinically-proven to kill such pathogens as bacteria, fungus and viruses.
Natural Carpet Cleaner for spot removal
• 1/8 tsp. Norwex Laundry Detergent
• 1 drop Norwex Dish Soap
•1 cup Hot Water
Combine all 3 in a spray bottle and shake well until soap dissipates into the solution. Spray the stained area, and blot with a clean Norwex EnviroCloth microfiber. Repeat as needed, until stain is gone. Afterward, blot with a dry EnviroCloth or Kitchen Towel to remove residual moisture and cleaner.
For heavy-duty cleaning, I love the Carpet Spray Cleaner from Norwex. We have used it with complete success when our pets have had the infrequent-but-very-messy digestive disturbances on the carpet. It is non-toxic, unscented and incredibly effective when used with a steam carpet cleaner.
For Windows and Mirrors
• The one-two punch of a dampened Norwex EnviroCloth, followed by a Norwex Window Cloth—can’t-see-the-glass kind of shine—amazing! Use only water–no chemicals needed nor wanted–they will ruin the cloths.