Products bought at the store will often be loaded up with chemicals, many of which will be very unsafe for pregnant women. Cleaning product formulas are not government regulated, so there is no telling exactly what is inside these products. Stocking up the cupboards with conventional cleaning products is not the only way you can deal with cleaning and disinfection. Instead you can make some inexpensive and pretty efficient homemade products of your own that will be safer for pregnancy and it will overall make it better for you and your family.
- Making an all-purpose cleaner
Mix together a half spoon of washing soda (sodium carbonate), as well as two teaspoons worth of borax, half a teaspoon of plant-based liquid soap plus two cups off hot water inside a spray bottle. Shake it well and use it. Note that washing soda and borax are natural minerals that also happen to be safe unless swallowed, so they should still be kept away from children. If you prefer not to make use of them, simply omit them and you will still have a good cleaner you can work with.
- Disinfectant cleaner
Combining a half cup warm water, half cup white vinegar and two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice into a spray bottle will give you what you need for disinfection. To add a bit more to it you can put in 15 drops or so of tea tree oil as well. You can also boost the lemon scent by adding some lemongrass essential oil as well. Put on the lid, shake the ingredients up and you’re done. Tea tree oil will be a great antibacterial agent you can use, as well as something to act as a fungicide and germicide without the use of harsh chemicals.
- Oven cleaner
Use a quarter cup of all natural liquid soap into a mid-sized bowl. Add a ¾ cup of baking soda and 1/8 worth of white vinegar with a few drops of lemon, jasmine essential oil and lavender. Stir up the ingredients with a spoon to make a paste. Spread the paste onto your oven on the inside with a paintbrush or a sponge to make it work. Let it sit out like that for a few minutes, then scrub it with a brush and use a rag and clean water to rinse it in the end.
- Tub and tile scrubber
Mixing together about a 1 and a half cups of baking soda, half a cup of liquid soap and half a cup of water will make things work quite well. Mix them together and add two tablespoons of white vinegar. For a more abrasive scouring scrub you will need to make use of a blend of baking soda and a plant-based liquid soap for better consistency.
- Toilet bowl cleaner
You can do this with a sprinkle of baking soda for house cleaning purposes, all around the inside of your toilet bowl. Pour one cup of white vinegar into your bowl over the baking soda and you will have excellent results in the end. Scrub the bowl with a toilet brush and let it sit for 20 minutes before flushing the toilet to rinse it all out.
- Furniture polish
House cleaning means more doing more than just carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning and kitchen cleaning, as it also means taking care of the furniture as well. Just pour a cup of olive oil into an empty spray bottle, and then add up half a cup of lemon juice, as well as 30 drops or so of lemon essential oil. Shake it up and spray a light coating onto your wooden furniture for cleaning. Wipe it off with a soft cloth and you’re done.
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