Words: Danielle Williams
Photo Credit: Caitlin Rowland
It’s fascinating how the state of our homes can shape our moods. Each edition of The Natural Home Issue is here to help instill natural, nontoxic cleanliness in your life without asking too much from you.
With basic ingredients, the recipes featured keep cleaning simple and natural. You will discover cleaning solutions for your home, like the zero-waste glass cleaner, uncomplicated fizzing toilet cleaner, liquid dish soap, and lime and rosemary foaming hand soap.
by Serena Hartwell
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients. Use a funnel to add the mixture to the glass spray bottles. Shake well to combine, and it’s ready to use. Shake the bottle before each use because the arrowroot powder settles on the bottom. Use the spray with “unpaper” towels or newspaper to clean the windows and mirrors.
by Caitlin Rowland
In a bowl, whisk together the baking soda, citric acid, and sea salt. Add the rubbing alcohol and essential oils to the dry mixture, and whisk again. Transfer to an airtight container, and label with the contents and date of creation. To use, scoop 1 tablespoon of the fizzing toilet cleaner into the toilet every few days. If you find that the cleaning mixture clumps together, simply mix it with a spoon before use.
by Lauren Carrozzi
Combine the liquid Castile soap, white vinegar, water, and lavender essential oil, and pour into a glass pump bottle with a pump. To use, add several drops to a scrub brush or compostable sponge, or directly into your dish tub, and fill it with warm water. Wash as usual.
by Stephanie Rose
Fill the soap dispenser with the water. Add the Castile soap and essential oils. Screw on the pump dispenser, and shake well to combine. Shake well before each use for the first few days. Over time, the ingredients will combine permanently, and shaking will no longer be necessary. To use, apply one or two pumps of soap to wet hands, and scrub for 20 seconds, working the soap over the front and back of your hands and between your fingers. When used this way, foaming soap is just as effective as other cleaning solutions like a liquid or bar soap.