Naturally Living

I was invited to a Naturally Living Party on Saturday night. I’ll admit am not the most “green” person you will ever meet but I do want to be a good steward of this Earth and my body, we only do get one this side of Heaven after all. I recycle (mostly), I like to cook from scratch, I love my steam mop, I reuse old furniture (clearly) and I try to avoid processed foods, but I am starting to realize that I am a bit of a product junky and use a lot chemicals that are unnecessary, more expensive, and can even be harmful to us.


The biggest driver for me is wanting to be responsible with our health, with our home, and with our finances. I grew up in a home where mom made our food from scratch, we grew stuff in the garden, recycled things, and reused things. Not necessarily out of an environmental concern (it wasn’t really a hot topic then) but just because it was healthier, or more budget friendly, or because it brought joy to create and make. These are all qualities that I admire, I think they are great life principles and I want to get better at practising them and I want them evident in our home.

{via Pinterest} – Joy from nature

I like making things and I am OCD enough to love the idea of four simple ingredients (organized in an aesthetically pleasing row of course) serving a multitude of purposes. (Not to mention the ablitly to make my solutions in matching bottles with cute matching labels! joy from organizing!)


I think the biggest thing that I would like to find natural solutions to is the cleaning products I use. I came to this conclusion something had to change after realizing I was getting a headache after cleaning the bathroom from the harsh products I was using. Not great. I have already started using baking soda for most of my tough scrubbing in the kitchen (sink, pots and pans, glass top stove.) I have found that this works better than my store bought products. I figure that it works better and it is better for us so it is worth my time to look into it a bit more.

I have hated the scent of the all purpose cleaner I bought from the store when we moved. I am about two squirts from finishing it and I then I will have an empty spray bottle to make a natural all purpose cleaner. This is a recipe I got from the party on Saturday that I’d like to try:

{Photo: The Lopez Family Blog}

  • 2c Water
  • 1/4 White Vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp Tea Tree Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Lavender Oil

As far as I can tell, it is a pretty basic cleaner that lots of people have been using for ages, I haven’t read any complaints. It will undoubtedly smell better and there is nothing harmful in it so I think it is worth a try. I know I am a little slow on this train, I am sure many of you already use natural, home made cleaners. What are some of your favourites? I also got some recipes for laundry soap but I am a bit hesitant, I am really happy with the one I use. I would love to hear your comments, thoughts, and/or advice!


2 thoughts on “Naturally Living

  1. Hi Rachel,
    Here is a recipe which is very similar to one I have tried for hardwood floor cleaner. This one is from Tipnut ( The one I had found actually had a bit of olive oil, lemon juice, dish soap and vinegar. I seem to have misfiled the recipe under some name that was meaningful at the time and not so much now! I remember it did an excellent job, was non toxic and less expensive than the non toxic cleaner I was buying.

    Recipe type: Homemade Cleaners
    ◦1 cup water
    ◦1 cup vinegar
    ◦1 cup isopropyl alcohol
    ◦2-3 drops natural dish soap
    ◦10-15 drops essential oil (optional)
    ◦Fine-mist spray bottle – 24oz

    1.Add all ingredients to spray bottle and shake to combine.
    2.Sweep/vacuum the floor.
    3.Spray cleaner on the floor.
    4.Wipe up with a microfiber cloth in circular motion.

    Copper can be cleaned with a lemon and some coarse salt. Sprinkle a cut half of a lemon with salt and rub it on the copper. ( from Martha Steward Living).

    I would reduce the amount of vinegar in the floor cleaner simply because vinegar can etch the finish on the floor over time. I would also spray the cleaner on a floor mop rather than directly on the floor. The key to cleaning hardwood is as little water as possible.

    If I find the original recipe I will send it along, it had done a really good job.

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