Modern cleaners suck.  Sure, they get the job done, kill the germs and sanitize the space…but they have some nasty side effects…

Take those so-called air fresheners. According to a study published in New Scientist in 1999, in homes where aerosol sprays and air fresheners were used frequently, mothers experienced 25 percent more headaches and were 19 percent more likely to suffer from depression, and infants under six months of age had 30 percent more ear infections and 22 percent higher incidence of diarrhea.

from http://www.grist.org/advice/possessions/2003/03/18/possessions-cleaning/

Other than the toxic chemicals that families are exposed to in their own homes, one must consider that anti-bacterial cleansers kill good bacteria too…about 10 years ago I read an article that mentioned a study that linked an increased number of childhood illnesses, allergies and asthma to the amount of commercial cleansers used in the home.  The immune system “learns” by exposure to germs, remove the germs and a child is more susceptible, and less likely to “learn” to identify other compounds (allergens) that it may come into contact with.

We keep a clean house, and a neat one (well–as much as possible with a 1 year old), but not a sanitized, germ-free one.  We clean with baking soda, apple cider, lemon juice, soap and essential oils… W save a ton of money, and guess what?  No one notices the difference…unless its to ask “What do you use in here? It smells fantastic/great/awesome/etc!”


1/2 c lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dr. Bonners lavender soap
10 drops lavender oil
10 drops lemongrass oil
add to spray bottle, fill with water and clean…

Deep Cleaning tip:

for really gross, gritty, greasy messes, keep baking soda in a shaker, sprinkle on the dirty area and add a 1/2 c of vinegar to the cleaning spray, spray where the baking soda is and scrub!