If you've begun the process of your own personal evolution, you've recognized change doesn't happen overnight. Every lasting and effective change is usually just one simple baby step at a time that you can keep up and build on.Gratitude didn't change my life immediately. After filling an entire journal one thankful line item at a time, I realized my outlook had a definite slant up. In the same way, we haven't become gluten-free, omelet-loving, Kombucha drinking alternative eaters overnight. It's been a process, a weeding out of the undesirables like high fructose corn syrup, white sugar and white flour with better ingredients.
So the weeding out of smelly, chemical-filled cleansers started with replacing my kitchen counter spray. I realized I gotten incredibly careful about what food we put into our bodies, but was not paying enough attention to how I was cleaning up after the breakfast/lunch/dinner. I was just overwhelmed by the though of doing one.more.thing, and it was honestly easier to buy whatever "green-ish" cleaner was on sale.
Thumbing through a magazine about a year and a half ago I found a recipe (which I've tweaked a bit) for all purpose kitchen cleanser. I already had 2 of the three ingredients, so I knew this was the baby step I'd been looking for.
You'll probably have to buy one box of washing soda, but it will last you more than a year and a half - even if you occasionally use it for the original purpose of laundry booster.
::All Purpose Cleaner::
makes one spray bottle
2 t washing soda - made by same people who make baking soda
3-5 drops of dish detergent
hot tap water to fill the bottle
peppermint or lavender essential oil (optional)
I re-purposed an empty spray bottle for this - one headed for the garbage. Fill the bottle with the hottest tap water you've got - not quite to the top. Add the washing soda and jiggle to dissolve. Then add a few drops of dish washing liquid and 1-2 drops of essential oil. This whole process will take you about 1 minute.
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