I like to clean. A lot.
Like, obsessively a lot. Is that weird?
I get so much satisfaction from cleaning. It actually makes me happy. I’ve always been that way, and ever since our sweet Jade came along, I’ve been cleaning even more. Especially during her crawling stage, when I was going around making sure the carpet was vacuumed and the floors were really clean every. single. day.
Since I was newly pregnant with Jade, I’ve been trying to ditch any chemicals in my cleaners. And now that she’s a toddler who is toddling herself into everything, it’s even more important that I don’t keep chemicals around for her to “accidentally” find and think she can taste. No thanks.
Store-bought cleaners are chock FULL of chemicals. Really bad (and smelly) ones that can possibly cause cancer (source). Most disinfecting wipes contain bleach, which is one of the top 10 hazardous household chemicals (source). AND, some cleaners even contain pesticides. Yikes! I definitely don’t want to “clean” my kitchen counters with pesticides and cancer causing chemicals.
Did you also know that bleach can make asthma and any respiratory problems worse (source)? The fumes are harmful to us, but even more so for pregnant women or children.
Before I was pregnant, I’d buy the huge Costco pack of the cleaning bleach Wipes. I’d use them for everything and go through them SO fast (and now I shudder thinking about that…). And then one day I was doing some research and found a website that gave these wipes a rating based on their ingredients. The rating they received was a big fat “D.” Now, I’m a teacher, and a “D” is most definitely not a good grade. In fact, it’s a borderline failing grade. Since I much prefer “A’s”, I ditched every single last container of cleaning wipes I had left (You can read more about the “D” grade here).
So, instead of nasty, harmful, TOXIC chemicals, I now use much more natural (and delicious smelling) homemade reusable cleaning wipes. Do yourself a favor; ditch your current store-bought cleaning or bleach wipes and sprays and make these instead! Not only do they have NO toxic chemicals whatsoever, they are also reusable and eco-friendly! AND, they’re more cost effective than buying the store bought ones, too. Woohoo!
To make your own, you’ll need:
- Sealable widemouth glass jar/container
- Thin washcloths/rags (or, you can use cut up cotton t-shirts, cut up old towels, or scraps of fabric)
- 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
- 3/4 cup distilled water (not pictured)
- 12 drops Thieves Essential Oil
- 5 drops Lemon Essential Oil
Thieves is a mix of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary oils. I use it in all of my cleaning solutions! Lemon oil just smells yummy, but it also helps with cleaning. The smell of these wipes totally reminds me of winter and Christmas, with the clove and cinnamon scents. Now I love to clean even more! Yes, I know I’m slightly crazy. 🙂
To make your cleaniung wipes, you’ll add 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar to your jar, as well as 3/4 cup of distilled water.
Put the lid on tight and carefully swirl the liquid around to help it mix together. Put in your small hand towels/cut up shirts, and replace the lid tightly. Turn the jar upside down and gently shake to get the “wipes” saturated.
To use, just pull out a “wipe,” squeeze/ring out the excess liquid back into the jar, and wipe your dirty surfaces away! Rinse out with hot water, and place back in the jar to soak up more of the cleaning solution. I wash the towels every few days to make sure they stay clean.
I use these to clean literally everything: kitchen counters, sinks, faucets, microwave, door knobs, bathroom counters, and even the toilets (those wipes I toss right into the dirty laundry to be washed)! Because there’s no harsh chemicals, they can be used on any surface in your home. Total score! You can even toss your sponges like I did and use these wipes instead. Those sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria!
TIP: Before going to the grocery store, wring out a wipe and stick it in a baggy. Use the wipe to clean the shopping cart handles before you shop, especially if you have kiddos! Just pop the used wipe back in the baggy and take it home to wash. The store’s shopping cart wipes may be convenient, but they still contain the same harmful chemicals as any other store-bought wipe. You don’t want your baby touching the “sanitized” cart handle, and then putting her fingers in her mouth! Because, kids will be kids, right?
Friends, mommas; PLEASE ditch your old cleaning/bleach wipes for good! These homemade cleaning wipes work great, and I feel SO much better about cleaning my house knowing the fumes that my baby is breathing aren’t toxic. Yay!
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