Sweet Things 4 Life
Sharing our journey toward a more natural, simple, healthful lifestyle.
Last week I told you about many of our health/beauty products that we’ve replaced with coconut oil based products. However, our switch to more natural, chemical-free products didn’t end there. I’ve also replaced nearly all of our cleaning products with natural alternatives that you probably have in your house right now. At first it seemed overwhelming to replace all the different cleaners with natural products, but looking back, it wasn’t that hard. I don’t want you to think we made all of these changes overnight. It took at least a year to switch all of our old products with DIY ones.
Many of our replacement products are used for more than one thing, so I didn’t replace every cleaning product, I usually replaced multiple products with a single new one. Here are some super simple ones to start:
All Purpose Cleaner
Toilet Bowl/Soap Scum Cleaner
For the toilet bowl, just pour a little bit of Borax into the bowl and clean with the toilet brush as usual. The grittiness of the Borax cuts through anything left on the bowl and you can disinfect and clean the rest of the toilet with the all purpose cleaner.
Other Chemical-Free Alternatives
Steam Mop - I ditched floor cleaner altogether and just invested, actually it was a gift, in a steam mop. Now, instead of cleaning my tile floors with unnecessary chemicals everything is disinfected and cleaned with hot water, making it safer for us and our pets. We have the Shark Steam Pocket mop, you can purchase it here.
Dryer Balls - I read about how awful dryer sheets are for us so I decided to switch to something else. First I tried tin foil balls to help remove the static, but those only work one time before losing their effectiveness and that could get expensive. Plus, I don’t want to fill up the landfill with wasted tin foil. One day I happened to see those spiky dryer balls in the store. They help remove the static without added chemicals and they are super inexpensive. If you’re looking for something to add a fresh scent to your clothes while drying, someone told me you could use a washcloth with a few drops of essential oils added.
White Vinegar - My mom told me to replace my laundry detergent with plain white vinegar. Add one cup of white vinegar to your laundry instead of detergent. The vinegar kills bacteria and eliminates any odors. I tried it on Emma’s blanket and it worked great! This is the easiest detergent switch you can make. However, before I knew about this I made a large batch of DIY detergent. You can watch the tutorial here.
Hopefully you find these switches helpful and inexpensive. I know we’ve saved a ton of money since we stopped buying a bunch of different cleaners. Plus we have more storage space because we don’t need so many bottles and I don’t have to worry about whether something is safe for our baby or furbabies. There are a few products I’m still working on eliminating: dusting spray and liquid dish soap. If you have any ideas on replacements there, let me know!
Until next time,
Katie & Mike
We want to share our journey toward living a simpler, more natural and healthy lifestyle with you. As we navigate through an increasingly complex and tech-driven life, we'll share our goals, triumphs and struggles as we attempt to return to a simpler way of living.