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You & Me: DIY Eco Cleaners

 Recipes Shared on this Segment:

Surface Cleaner - Use this on all of your surfaces to clean, disinfect, and shine. Recipe: 2 Tbsp. Castile soap (I like Dr. Bronner's Lavender), 1 Tbsp. white vinegar, 1 cup filtered water, and 20+ drops of your choice of essential oils (I use Lavender and Tea Tree). Mix together and place in a glass bottle with spray top.

Air and Linen Freshener - 1 cup water and 30+ drops of essential oil. I'll have the ladies make a version with rosemary and lemon essential oils. Perfect for spraying on fabrics, laundry, couches, in your car, and to keep on hand in the bathroom as a natural air freshener.

Tile and Tub Cleaner - Good old fashioned baking soda and pure Lemon essential oil. Works just as well as Comet and other similar toxic scrubs. Recipe: Using a wet sponge, sprinkle baking soda onto sponge and a few drops of lemon essential oil. Scrub grout and tile as usual.

Freshening Sprinkle - Ideal for stinky shoes and carpets, this blend of corn starch, baking soda, moisture wicking clay, and essential oils will keep your shoes and soft surfaces fresh (just sprinkle on carpets and vacuum away). Recipe: 1/4 cup corn starch, 1/8 cup Mayan clay, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 20+ drops of tea tree and lemon essential oils each. Mix together and place in a shaker jar. Sprinkle onto carpets to vacuum up or into running shoes to keep odors at bay.

Homemade Laundry Detergent - Conventional laundry detergent is loaded with carcinogens, irritating fragrances, chemicals, animal testing, wasteful packaging, and most of what you're paying for with the liquid varieties is water. This more natural version is easier on waterways and gentle for all members of your family, while still getting clothes clean and soft.

Recipe: 1 cup Borax, 1 cup Washing Soda (if you can't find this, you can bake baking soda at 400 degrees, stirring 10 minutes at a time, for 40 minutes to create washing soda), 35+ drops of Essential Oils (I like Tea Tree, Lemon, and Lavender), 1 Bar of Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap (I like Tea Tree). Blend all ingredients together in a high-speed blender until a fine powder is formed. Add to a large jar with a scoop, place in laundry room, and watch your clothes get clean as heck.