Recipes: For DIY CLEANING Care

Disclaimer: recipe not for ingestion (Duh)

I’m from NC. And no one I know there would make their own house cleaners.  Heck, I never thought I would. But I live in Portland now. And people here have chickens lay their own eggs, make their own soap, make their own beer and, yes, their own cleaning products.

My mother-in-law loves a squeaky clean counter top! And bless her heart, she happily cleans mine when she’s in town.  But I have a little one at home, so I prefer a clean but chemical-free counter top.  I’ve found a few conventional cleaners that are phthalate-free and may not send you to the ER if accidentally ingested, but here are 3 super-tough, grease-cutting, anti-microbial options, should you want to make your own cleaners. Again, NOT for ingesting.

  1. Bathroom Spray:  1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/2 vodka, 1.5 cups water, lemon and lavender essential oils (10 drops) or the juice from 1 lemon
  2. Spot Cleaning Bleach Alternative: Hydrogen peroxide. Boom.
  3. Tile Cleaner:  12/ cup water, 1/2 cup vodka, 10 drops peppermint oilsinkInfo given to me by a client, but compiled envisioned by DIY cleaner guru, Rapinchuk.

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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