Recipe of the Month Natural Cleaners for Home and Body

April 1, 2010

Natural Cleaners for the Body

Spring cleaning is not just for your home. Here are two recipes that will help you to cleanse and rejuvenate your body.

Lemon Water Recipe

Half a lemon squeezed into warm water each morning wakes up your system, gets things moving and keeps your liver and kidneys happy. Add a little raw honey if desired.

Green Smoothie Recipe

In a blender combine 1 or 2 handfuls of raw spinach, kale or other soft greens, 1 ripe banana, fresh or frozen berries, 1 T coconut butter or oil or 1/2 an avocado and 1.5 cups of coconut water or plain water.

For protein, try adding 1 T of hempseed, chia seed or a scoop of whey protein powder.

Makes 1-2 servings

Natural Cleaners for the Home

Using commercial cleaning products is damaging for the environment and your health. There are many natural alternatives on the market, but why not save money and time by making your own?

  • For most wooden surfaces, use fresh lemon juice mixed with olive oil, applied with a soft rag. Always test on an inconspicuous spot first to make sure that the furniture will not be discolored.
  • For glass, I like to mix white vinegar with water about 50:50 and slightly stronger for soap scum.

I also want to mention that it is possible to keep a home clean without using wasteful paper towels. For everyday cleaning, use rags made from old tee shirts or facecloths. I also love the super absorbent Shamwow cloths (you know,  the ones from TV), they work surprisingly well.

“What if everything in nature was stationary–can you imagine how awful that would be? Nothing would grow and frankly, we wouldn’t be here anymore.”

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