I'm on a journey to find health and happiness through a more holistic and green lifestyle.

I find the world to be abrasive. =) That is to say, I feel the need to armor myself, physically and emotionally, in order to face life. Don't we all? Maybe. For whatever reason, it has become a priority in my life to rid my immediate environment of irritating things. And I'm sensitive! So there is much work to be done. But. I have thought for a long time that the things I come in contact with every day, and the stuff used to clean and maintain these things, need to be gentle and non-toxic. I have had eczema my entire life. For a long time I just dealt with it, and accepted that sometimes it's bad, and sometimes it's not, and that it will fluctuate a lot. Gradually over time I have come to find that certain things, fabrics, cleansers, materials, are more irritating to my skin than others. Stress can exacerbate it. In more recent times, I have realized that every aspect of my life improves when I improve conditions for my skin. Hah! What a concept! Thus my (long time) interest in going green, and my more recent desire to live a more holistic lifestyle. (I think I've felt a desire for a long time to live in a harmonious way with myself, my surroundings, and nature, but didn't have a name for it.) Anyhow, this blog is a journal of my trials and errors, and basic crooked path to find a balanced and peaceful existence for myself and my family. Thanks for your interest! I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

Friday, December 30, 2011

All Natural All-Purpose Household Cleaner

Combine the following for a hard-working and nice smelling (and completely toxin-free) household cleaner:

1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
2 Tablespoons castile soup
10 drops essential oil of your choice

Read about essential oils online. Some may just provide a nice smell. Others have antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, etc. properties.

FYI, for some reason, my castile soap initially clumped together when I added it to the vinegar/water mix, but by morning it was once again dispersed in the mix. This cleanser works well in a spray bottle or other container. Mix well before each use. 

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