For me there is nothing better than having a clean and spotless home. I love the smell of air fresheners and lemon scented cleaning products throughout out my home but have recently learned the dangers of these chemicals and what risks they impose to our family.
Air fresheners especially pose a risk to our health because they contain harmful ingredients like phthalates and terpene, a classified human carcinogen. Who would have thought you needed these ingredients to achieve the ocean breeze or tropical rainforest aroma?
Is it really worth the health risk? Absolutely not! I suggest getting to the source of the odor causing problem instead of trying to mask it. So I have decided to make my own cleaning products and add a natural scent using essential oils.
The rule of thumb when making a cleaning product with vinegar is 3 parts water and one part vinegar. You can add in extras depending on what you are cleaning and to achieve that home warming scent that we all love from store bought cleaners, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
For my kitchen counters I like to add a few drops of lemon to give my kitchen that fresh scent. To get the hard to clean dirt and grime out of my sink I put in a teaspoon of baking soda and let it fizz up while working hard to pick up the dirt.
Lemon is also great for cleaning brass, copper, faucets, and tile.
Be careful when using lemon around wood, this could damage your furniture so be sure to test a small inconspicuous area first.
You may also like this tutorial on how to clean your microwave easily.
Have you tried making your own blend, what did you put in and how did it work? Share your thoughts below.