Spring Cleaning Naturally…Ditch The Toxins!

‘Tis the season for SPRING CLEANING! I love giving my house a fresh start for the season. Airing out the curtains, opening the windows and breathing in the fresh spring air. It’s all so refreshing!

However, there are some seriously toxic ingredients in most of the store bought cleaning products. Filled with chemicals, toxins, fragrances and tons of other unnatural ingredients, these products can put great stress on your body, especially for children, whose systems are just developing.

There are so many children growing up with respiratory issues. Exposing them to these chemicals worsens the symptoms and is dangerous for developing bodies. If you want to check the safety of your products, visit www.ewg.org to learn more about just how toxic your current products are.

That being said, I am going to give you some more natural alternatives that will get your home just as clean without the added toxicity.

All Purpose Cleaner:

  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp Dr. Bronner’s soap
  • 4 TBSP white vinegar
  • 400 mL warm water
  • Stir/shake to mix well and use a squirt bottle for application

Dusting Spray:

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Stir/shake to mix well and use a squirt bottle for application

Toilet Bowl Cleaner:

  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup borax
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • Place ingredients directly into toilet and mix with bowl brush. Let sit 30 minutes before scrubbing

Granite Cleaner

  • ½ cup rubbing alcohol
  • 8 drops Dr. Bronner’s soap
  • 2 cups warm water
  • Combine in a squirt bottle

Glass Cleaner:

  • ¼ cup rubbing alcohol
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 1 TBSP corn starch
  • 2 cups warm water
  • Stir/shake to mix well and use a squirt bottle for application

I hope you enjoy some of these recipes and they can help you “clean up” your spring cleaning. Everyone deserves a clean home free from toxic air!

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How to eat gluten free

Gluten is the protein found in wheat (durum, emmer, spelt, farina, farro, KAMUT® khorasan wheat and einkorn), rye, barley and triticale. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together. Gluten has gotten a bad reputation lately because it can be difficult for many people to digest. If you have been toying with the idea of going gluten free, here are a few pointers.

Here is a list of gluten-free foods to enjoy:

  • Potatoes
  • Buckwheat
  • Oats (*must be labeled gluten-free to avoid cross-contamination)
  • Corn/ maize
  • Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Amaranth
  • Teff
  • Millet
  • Beans
  • Nuts and nut butters
  • Eggs
  • Fresh fruit
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Herbs and spices
  • Meats and fish purchased without sauce or seasonings
  • Home-made soups (avoid bouillon cubes, barley malt, and all types of pasta)
  • Juice (all-natural, 100% fruit juice)

Foods to avoid when going gluten free:

  • Wheat
  • Kamut
  • Spelt
  • Rye
  • Barley
  • Oats are generally avoided because they are almost always processed in mills that process grains containing gluten
  • Modified food starch
  • Barley enzymes (found in majority of breakfast cereals), soy sauce, and distilled vinegar (malt vinegar)

If you are going 100% gluten free due to an allergy or celiac diagnosis, be mindful of cross-contamination. Be sure to have dedicated gluten free food prep areas and be sure to thoroughly clean appliances like toasters that may contain crumbs from products containing gluten.