Welcome to Local Hippie’s weekly tip for living a greener life! Each week we will provide you with a quick tip to help you reduce your carbon footprint and change the world.
This week’s tip is a recipe for an all-natural floor cleaner!
A few years ago, I filled a bucket full of hot water and Pine-Sol and mopped my floors. Later that evening, I watched one of my four cats (yes, four!) lick his little paws clean and I was suddenly so upset with myself. I realized my animals were directly ingesting toxic chemicals because of what I was using to wash my floors, and if I had little babies crawling around – it would be the same for them too! At that moment I decided I needed to start using something that was safer for all the living beings in my home. I found this recipe and I have never gone back:
To a 24 oz (or larger) bottle, add:
– 2 cups of filtered water
– 1 cup unscented liquid Castile soap
– 50 drops of lemon essential oil and 30 drops of another oil
of your choice (I like to use pine or balsam fir)
This recipe yields 3 cups of floor cleaner, which is enough to clean your floors about 24 times! To use it, simply add 2 tbsp to a bucket of hot water.
Try it out and let me know what you think!
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Have a happy hippie week!