“Homemade” Healthy and Environmentally Friendly Cleaning


Our modern world is full of daily environmental pollutants. We can control much of these by choosing to eat "clean" food and water, free from pesticides and harmful substances. We can also use healthy products on our body and I appreciate the Environmental Working Group for making this task and others easy to determine what's considered safe or unsafe.  Yes, we can purchase "clean" products, but did you know that we can easily create "homemade" cleaning products that bring a sparkle to your home and smell good too?  It also provides a little fun for kids and adults.  Curious?  Here are a few of my favorite recipes I use in my home.

“Homemade” Healthy Cleaning Products

Toilet Cleaner
In a container, add a tablespoon of Castile soap and ½ cup of distilled white vinegar. Allow this solution to sit for 15 minutes. Then, pour in ½ cup of baking soda and watch the reaction begin. It’s like a science experiment. When all the fizzing ceases, scrub the toilet with a toilet brush and you’re done. This is so fun for kids (and adults)!

Bathtub and Shower Cleaner
Combine salt, lemon juice and baking soda and mix until you have a paste. Apply this to stains in tub or shower. You can let this sit for hours and then come back and scrub and rinse.

Natural Soft Scrub
In a container, add a ½ cup of baking soda with a tablespoon of Castile soap. Mix together. To make it smell extra good and put you in good mood to clean, add a few drops of Lemon essential oil (or whatever essential oil that makes you happy; Note: Tea Tree Oil is a natural anti-bacterial). Scrub your sink, tub or whatever needs cleaning. Rinse when done.

As with any essential oil use, please know about the safety and quality prior to utilizing.  Visit this link to learn more.



About Author

Celeste Cooper

Wellness & Fitness Manager

Celeste has been in the science, health and wellness field over twenty-five years. She began as a research chemist with a concentration in genetics and nutritional biochemistry. After working in the medical field, she saw the need to follow a path of proactive wellness and prevention. After receiving her Masters in Health Education, she ventured into the mind/body world receiving training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Yoga. Shortly after, she received the 2003 Wellness in the Workplace Award for a large health system in the state of Virginia. In 2004, Celeste joined SAS Institute, Inc. and continues to be passionate in her position overseeing Wellness and Fitness. She believes curiosity and collaboration bring insight and new ideas which bring out the best in everyone from team members to those who are making healthy lifestyle changes. Believing that the body knows how to heal if given the proper tools, Celeste earned certifications in Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, Classical Chinese Medicine and Homeopathic & Naturopathic Medicine. She earned her Doctor of Naturopathy degree in 2020. Celeste is a published author and practices what she preaches and teaches. She is a nationally recognized Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and has advanced certificates in Integrative and Functional Nutrition, Genetics and Genomics. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with the National Yoga Alliance, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor, Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach (FMCHC) and Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT).

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