Over the past few years, I have been focused on living a healthier life.  The first step was moving more, which ended up creating a love of fitness for me.  Following that, I started cleaning up my diet.  This made a huge difference and I learned so much about what is in our foods.  Some of it was eye-opening – I had no idea how many preservatives, chemicals, and all around bad stuff that was added to our foods.  While my diet isn’t perfect, I do strive to eat as close as possible to natural and avoid processed foods.

As I started doing more research, I learned how many harmful chemicals are in many typical household items, especially cleaning products.  It was just alarming!   While it was on my radar to start replacing our usual cleaners, I didn’t make much progress.  Every time I cleaned and noticed the strong toxic smell of the cleaners, I thought about it again but didn’t pursue making the change.

Then our life changed.

Our first grandchild was born last November.  I loved being a mom and raising my girls but being a grandmother is  THE. BEST.  This child has become the center of our life and brings us so much joy.

The first few months of his life were so great.  He was so sweet and cuddly.  But time passed and he became more active.  He started crawling, playing with toys, eating finger foods, and putting EVERYTHING in his mouth.

Suddenly, getting things clean wasn’t enough.  I am no longer willing to clean things with chemicals that will end up in this sweet boy’s mouth.  So now I make my own cleaning products that are non-toxic and I don’t have to worry about him tasting them.  While I haven’t tasted the cleaners, they are made with ingredients that are used in foods, so they are fine to consume.  The combinations just don’t taste good together (I assume) so I don’t recommend consuming them 🙂

When I was in Target the other day, I picked up some new sponges and cleaning supplies and it occurred to me that I should share some of my cleaning recipes with you.

Let me show you just how easy these cleaners are to make:

Step 1:

Purchase supplies.  All of the supplies are available at Target so it’s super easy to get everything you need.  I am loyal to my favorite sponges because they stand up so well to the big and little messes we make.  To use with this all purpose cleaner and gentle scrub cleanser, I chose the Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge and the Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge.  Have you ever wondered why the sponges are different colors?  All of the green sponges are for heavy duty use, while the blue are non-scratch.  I always love a color-coding system to keep things organized!  The other supplies you’ll need are a spray bottle, a small glass or plastic container with lid, baking soda, white vinegar, water (I prefer distilled water but tap water will work fine), and Castile soap.  You’ll find Castile soap in the cosmetic department (there are also small trial sizes in the trial section).

Step 2:

For the all purpose cleaner:  add 2 teaspoons baking soda, 4 tablespoons white vinegar and 14 ounces of distilled water to a spray bottle.  Depending on the size of the opening in the spray bottle, you may need to use a funnel.  Replace lid on bottle and shake to mix the ingredients.

For the gentle scrub cleanser:  add 3/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup Castile soap and 2 tablespoons water.  Mix all ingredients to form a paste.  Store in a covered container.

Step 3:

Grab your spray bottle and your green Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge.  This sponge is great for tougher jobs and can clean them 50% faster – even tough, baked-on messes.  It’s great for kitchen, garage and outdoor cleaning, including pots, pan, oven racks, grill racks, tools, tires and sinks.  There’s even a Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Soap Dispensing Dishwand that allows you to perfectly dispense the right amount of soap for those cooked on dishes.

For surfaces that could be scratched, grab the blue Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge.  This sponge will clean non-stick cookware without scratching and is also great for counter tops, cook tops, tubs, showers, windows and dishes.  And of course, there is a Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Soap Dispensing Dishwand.

We used the gentle scrub cleanser to clean the bathtub and it cleaned it beautifully.  It was nice to have a completely non-toxic cleaner since my daughter had a little helper while she was cleaning.  There was no worry about toxic fumes and there won’t be any toxic residue when it’s time for his bath.  When he gets a little older, he’ll be able to help scrub his own bathtub!

Do you use natural cleaners in your home?  Looking for more cleaning inspirations?  Check out these ideas and learn how Scotch-Brite has the right tools for every surface!  Save now on Scotch-Brite® Scrub Sponges at Target with this Cartwheel offer.

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