Natural Alternatives for a Safer, Cleaner Home

Natural Alternatives for a Safer, Cleaner Home

written by: Gale O'Brien
by: Gale O'Brien
Natural alternatives for a safer cleaner home Natural alternatives for a safer cleaner home

I've said it before and I'll say it again, get rid of your commercial household cleaners. They are toxic. Like many of you, I've been the primary person doing the cleaning in my household. For decades, I breathed toxic chemicals from commercial cleaners until I was diagnosis with cancer in 2012.

Then I learned how easy and inexpensive it is to make my own homemade cleaners using essential oils, water, white vinegar, baking soda, and olive oil. Now I enjoy a fresh, clean house without the smell and residue of fragrances, phenols, formaldehyde, petroleum and other toxic chemicals.

Key essential oils for fighting germs and keeping your home clean:

  • Lemon - polishes chrome and dissolves sticky residue
  • Rosemary - refreshes musty smelling laundry and washing machines
  • Eucalyptus - add to washing machine to rid bedding of dust mites
  • Thyme - mist on counter tops, toilets and door knobs to keep germs away.
  • Oregano - add to toilet bowl water and germ-ridden laundry loads
  • Peppermint - mist to deters spiders and ants

Use essential oils that are sourced from expert growers committed to meeting the highest quality standards. doTERRA's oils are 100% pure and contain zero fillers, pesticides, chemicals, or artificial ingredients. In addition, they are certified to have the correct chemical composition to achieve desired results.

*Tip: Be sure to store your homemade cleaners in glass bottles. offers a good selection at affordable prices.

My favorite resource for household cleaning recipes is Essential Cleaning Tips by Christine Maslanka. She includes easy-to-follow recipes for air freshener, furniture polish, window cleaner, countertop disinfectant, floor and carpet cleaners, and more.

Respiratory Toxicity from Dryer Sheets

DIY wool dryer balls are a natural alternative to fabric softener and toxic dryer sheets. Click on the link above to find out why so many people are making the switch for health reasons. Then follow this step-by-step tutorial to make your own 100% natural wood dryer balls that can last for many years.