Traditional cleaning supplies can fill your home with spring scents; However, these products both harm our health and pollute soil, air and water sources of Earth with the chemicals they contain. The chemicals in these products can cause respiratory problems such as bronchitis and asthma, skin diseases; It causes many health problems, even cancer.
In the Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, according to a published study, women who work as cleaners or regularly clean the house have a decrease in lung function level; Comparably high to smoking 20 cigarettes a day between 10 and 20 years.
So what's the solution?
The solution is to return to natural cleaning products! Does not contain chemicals; We can protect both our health and our environment by using cleaning products obtained naturally from natural substances that do not harm our health and the environment.
Which natural cleaning products can be used in house cleaning?
- Essential Oils
Some of the essential oils obtained from the extracts of plants have antimicrobial properties with the components they contain, as well as their nice smell. Therefore; You can also choose natural, pure and non-toxic essential oils when cleaning your home. "Lemon and lemongrass essential oil" in the washing and dishwasher; You can use "orange essential oil" as a surface cleaner in your kitchen.
Vinegar, which has been used as a cleaning product for centuries, besides its antibacterial properties; It can also be used to remove oil stains and clean kitchen appliances such as microwave ovens and coffee makers. You can clean the surfaces in your home with "thyme water cleaning vinegar", and you can use "lavender cleaning vinegar" as a softener in the washing machine.
- Washing Soda
It can be used as a surface cleaner in bathroom and toilet cleaning; Washing soda, which is also effective for stubborn stains on surfaces such as carpets and seats, is also known as sodium carbonate. You can also use it instead of detergent in the washing machine.
Borax, which is a powerful cleaning material, can be used for surface cleaning thanks to its water softening feature. Borax, which is also ideal for cleaning kitchen countertops and moldy surfaces; It is also widely used to remove stains from carpets and open clogged drains.
- Baking soda
Carbonate, also known as sodium bicarbonate; It can be used to polish surfaces such as stainless steel pots, teapots and sinks. Also, cleaning bathroom and toilet surfaces and kitchen counter; Effective for removing dirt from carpets, rugs and sofas.
- Arabian Soap
You can use "lemon eucalyptus arab soap" obtained from natural oils for surface cleaning and in the washing machine while washing your white clothes, and you can choose it to clean your carpets.
How will we use these materials?
We asked Aromatherapy Specialist Yıldız Kurt what we can do for a cleaning routine that respects both our body and the environment.
What is the first suggestion you would give to those who want to incorporate aromatherapy and natural cleaning into their home?
Let them start with simple and basic products. Making dish and laundry detergent may seem difficult at first. First, let them benefit from the antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties of essential oils in house cleaning. E.g; They can add a tablespoon of natural arabic soap and two drops of hybrid lavender and sage essential oil to their cleaning buckets. Adding half a cup of white vinegar is also very good. They can add two or three drops of lemon or orange essential oil to the detergent dispenser of the dishwasher for each wash. One or two drops of hybrid lavender essential oil can be added to the ironing water. In this way, they can easily incorporate simple but effective methods into their lives.
What are the issues we should pay attention to when using natural cleaning agents in house cleaning?
Since they do not contain preservatives, they should be prepared in small amounts. It is wasteful to prepare and use as much as needed. It is also important to use good quality essential oil. We need to store the products in a cool and dry place.
It is difficult to find cleaning materials with 100% natural ingredients. Can you share with us a recipe that you have formulated with essential oils or natural ingredients and that we can easily make and apply at home?
The general surface cleaner recipe is one of the easiest. Mix half a tea glass of natural arabic soap and a tea glass of baking soda in a glass bowl. It will take on a creamy consistency. Add 10 drops of lemon and 10 drops of tea tree essential oil. We have obtained both a degreasing and a bactericidal formula.
You can store it for a month in a glass jar. You can pour one or two spoons on surfaces such as toilet bowls, sinks, bathtubs, counters, sinks and rub or brush with a wire. Those who want to use it in a more liquid form can add three or four spoons of hot water to the formula and put it in an old shampoo bottle. You can use it on any surface by shaking it before use. You will love the smell and cleaning.
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Yıldız Kurt - Aromatherapy Specialist
Yıldız Kurt completed her undergraduate education at Mimar Sinan University, Department of Interior Architecture, and after working as an interior designer for many years, she took gardening and plant care classes at Nezahat Gökyiğit Botanical Garden. Kurt, who completed his aromatherapy training simultaneously with these courses, is now one of the founders of Persona Botanica. He works as a plant painter and a plant collector at the workshop named . At the same time, he gives natural care, cleaning and aromatherapy trainings in the workshops of Homemade Aromatherapy.