Sustainable living tip from La Vida Essentials

May 13, 2016

Many products contain chemicals that are unhealthy for the environment and for our body. Parabens, PPD’s and many other ingredients can cause allergies, rashes, and cancer. Some do not break down in our environment. It is impossible to figure it out! With La Vida Essentials less is more. You can tell what is in it. There is nothing to preserve and protect it, so use it up and keep it from extreme temperatures or sun exposure and you will maximize your benefits. La Vida is committed to the highest quality ingredients and the lowest impact to the environment with small batch locally made items and the most basic essential oils.

Not all natural products on the market are high quality and some are expensive. It is not always easy or convenient to figure out what or how to make your own products, but these are easy ones!

Vinegar

Some do not like the smell but it is worth it. When it dries you do not smell it and it is a non toxic environmentally friendly, low cost way to go! You can create your totally green and non-toxic cleaning supply arsenal with just a couple of items. You can clean virtually anything in your house with these ingredients. Add 5-25 drops of a citrus or immunity essential oil and increase the clean and fresh!

Why This Works

The acetic acid in vinegar kills viruses, germs, bacteria and mold. It also dissolves tough mineral deposits and stains like those found in sinks, toilets and tubs. along with essential oils this can be anti fungal, anti bacterial and more but are natural and break down in the environment and body.

Use 2 spray bottles, one with 100% distilled vinegar and 25 drops of immunity or Citrus.

One with 50% water to 50%vinegar and 25 drops of immunity or Citrus.
I use the diluted version the most. Cleaners don't have to be pricey or chemical-laden to be effective. Create your own all-purpose cleaner by filling a spray bottle with equal parts white vinegar and distilled water. Then, shake up the mixture, and you're ready for your next cleaning spree. The uses are many. Here are a few.

  • Disinfect the microwave-Fill a small bowl with equal parts hot water. Place it in the microwave and set the power to high for 5 minutes. The steam built up inside makes it easier to clean

  • Rinse cycle in washing machine gets rid of odors and is a natural fabric softener.

  • Dish soap and vinegar with a couple of drops of Citrus or immunity essential oil in a spray bottle for toilet bowls and shower/tub freshening. removes soap scum from shower doors too! It also dissolves tough mineral deposits and stains like those found in sinks, toilets and tubs.

  • Loose lime scale from shower heads by putting in a bag for a couple hours with vinegar and immunity.

  • Jacuzzi jets- fill with water and add a cup or two of vinegar and a few drops of essential oil, run and rinse.

  • Clean your kitchen appliances with vinegar and water to not spoil your edible environment.

  • Eco hack a wet mop with vinegar.

  • Freshens sink drains and garbage disposals with one cup. rinse in an hour.

  • Cleans carpet odor and stains.

  • Window cleaner with 50% water and 50% vinegar and 25 drops of immunity or citrus essential oil in an 8 oz spray bottle. If windows have grime make a solution with dish soap. rinse well then use spray. old build up of chemicals sometimes make streaks. I found after using the natural stuff for a while that this was not a problem. interesting...

  • One cup of vinegar to a gallon of water works great on no wax floors.

  • Misty spots on glassware? Place a cup of white vinegar on the bottom rack of the dishwasher, run for five minutes, then run though the full cycle. A cup of white vinegar run through the entire cycle once a month will also reduce soap scum on the inner workings.Add some lemon slices in silverware bin to keep film down.

  • Repel ants Use a spray bottle or mister filled with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water around door jambs, window sills, water pipes, and foundation cracks. Kills weeds too! Stay away from plants that you want alive...

• If you are not sure, do a test spot before use! Have a happy and sustainable clean time! 

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