The middle of January is about the time where I really start to get cabin fever. Though we're far from Spring (especially in Fargo), every year around this time I get the itch to do some spring cleaning: organize closets, tidy up the garage, and deep clean the house. Working at Swanson Health Products, I've fallen in love with various natural cleaning products that I now like to use on a regular basis.
Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Countertop Spray in Lemon Verbena scent is a natural cleaner, free from toxic chemicals and harsh ingredients. I use this cleaner almost daily, especially in the kitchen when cleaning up after cooking or baking. This spray really cleans well and leaves a nice shine on surfaces. The essential oils in this product make the scent very clean and citrusy without being overbearing.
Organic Orange TKO is another non-toxic cleaner I like to use on various surfaces throughout our house. You dilute the formula yourself, which makes this product last a long time, and allows you to mix your own concoction depending on the strength of cleaning power you need and surface on which you are going to use it. I love that this is safe to use around pets as well, so I don't have to worry about it affecting our dog as I use it to spot-clean our carpets from time to time.
When I really need to remove a stain or odor spot, though, I turn to Castor & Pollux Stain & Odor Remover. For me, this stuff works like magic! The natural formula is great for a number of surfaces, I haven't had any issues with it leaving the surface discolored after use, and it gets the stain out on the first try. I ended up giving it a try on an article of clothing when we were out of our usual laundry stain remover. Though I used it on clothing out of urgency, it worked well and I was impressed at the cleaning power of this natural product. This might be the product I always use for stains on laundry from now on!
Lastly, one of my go-to cleaning formulas when I'm out of an all-purpose cleaner or short on time is to mix my own in a small spray bottle. For this D-I-Y Natural Cleaner, you need:
- 3 tablespoons Bob's Red Mill baking soda
- 3 to 3 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 teaspoon Now Foods Orange Essential Oil
- 1/2 teaspoon Swanson Certified Organic Lemon Essential Oil
You just mix it all together in the spray bottle and you're good to go! I don't use this mixture on all surfaces, but it is a good, quick formula to wipe down basic countertops and the like (just about anything that won't be affected by the baking soda in the ingredients.)
What's your favorite eco-friendly or non-toxic cleaner? Do you mix your own? Please share your tips by posting a comment below!