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DIY Natural House Cleaner Recipes

In the latest issue of Simply Gluten Free Magazine you'll find an article I wrote on greener ways to tackle your Spring Cleaning. In it I share some of my favorite homemade, non-toxic house cleaner recipes and tips from one of my favorite cleaning experts Monica Leonard, founder of Molly's Suds.

The recipe for the lemony Easy Scrub smells good enough to eat—but I would refrain from doing so! My husband discovered that it also makes a fantastic hand scrub for greasy, grimy hands.

I hope you enjoy the article.

Another article I think you might like is one I wrote on how to dye Easter eggs naturally. I had a great time experimenting and doing research for this one. I think I went through four dozen eggs in the process—no joke!

This March/April 2014 issue of Simply Gluten Free is the best issue yet! 

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Reader Comments (5)

I am so impressed with this post, Lexie. You did an incredible job with the article and I cannot wait to share it! I also cannot WAIT for that natural dye article to come out as well. Eeeeeee, I love the plant imprints on them too!

February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCara

I have a question after having read your spring cleaning article in Gluten Free.

The article listed thyme oil as one of the anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial essential oils.
Then I noticed that thyme oil is not included in any of the recipes for the homemade cleaning products/\. What was the reason for its omission?

Sally Miller

March 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSally Miller

Hi Sally,

Generally I reach for Tea Tree (Melaleuca) oil for "anti" properties. I find the smell more pleasant than Thyme, but if I wanted to make a real powerful cleaning solution I would add Thyme for an extra kick. Others I like include:

Clove essential oil is analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, a strong antiseptic, and an immune stimulant (among other things…)

Lemon essential oil is antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, and antidepressant (among other things…)

Cinnamon essential oil is antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral, antiparasitic, and anti-infectious (among other things…)

Eucalyptus essential oil is analgesic, antibacterial, anti-infectious, antiviral, and an expectorant (among other things…)

Rosemary essential oil is analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, and also an expectorant (among other things…)

Hope the helps.

March 4, 2014 | Registered CommenterLexie

The article is awesome!! Congrats and thanks for the recipes!! We are introducing natural cleaning product in our house and those will be the next we are making!!

We have in our blog very easy and nourishing recipes, you are all welcome!!


March 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCuero&Mør

Thanks for posting. I am a strong believer of using natural green cleaning products.

March 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHickory Allergy

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