Here’s a small note from a genuine place in my heart, to yours.
For a long time, I didn’t feel healthy. I thought I needed coffee to wake me up in the mornings, a drink (or two, or three) on Fridays as a reward for getting through the week… A time where I thought chips “made with avocado oil” had to be healthier. I mean, right? Where checking my phone and answering emails were my first priority in the mornings. I felt sluggish in the afternoons, my sleep cycles were off balance, and as a result, many facets of my life were off balance, too. My mood, my hormones, my level of happiness, even my relationships with others, and with myself… all off-center. The circles under my eyes were darkening, and ultimately, I wasn’t where I wanted to be.
Then, I flipped the switch, the proverbial switch.
I took a hard look at what I was putting into (and onto) my body, and by extension all things with which I was surrounding myself in my daily life. I evaluated what products were healing me, versus the ones that were harming me. Going through the true definition of the word “detox”; excavating the toxins from my body and my life. I looked at the foods I bought off the shelves at grocery stores, my daily cup of coffee I was convinced I needed, the relationships with toxic people / frenemies that didn’t contribute to my personal growth or enlightenment, and of course, I looked at the products with which I stocked my own shelves at home, too.
One day I decided to say goodbye toxins, and hello health.
[Scroll down to see how I’m using Sunkist’s organic lemons in this cleaner recipe]
I realized that the image I had in mind of who I wanted to be, and the non-toxic lifestyle I wanted to embody, could only be achieved by making conscious, proactive decisions that would take the steps necessary to getting me there. I.e., I couldn’t keep wishing to be healthy, without actually BEING healthy.
My relationship with ingredient labels went from scary foreign territory, to a non-negotiable must-read-before-buying status.
Sure, I was spending more time in stores and online doing research, but this was an investment in my future — in my body, mind and soul that I kept saying I should treat as a temple.
Aside from (mostly packaged) foods, a major pain point for me were the cleaning products being positioned as “safe and green” options for home-use, but in fact still contained harmful chemicals, synthetics, and ingredients that didn’t come from natural sources. I was extremely wary of using them in the house and in large amounts.
If there were ever a lightbulb moment in my life, it was then. Why would I continue to spend money on harmful ingredients that did not heal me? That would never heal me?
So, I decided to make my own “all-purpose cleaner”, derived from organic ingredients, and natural sources, free from synthetics and chemicals.
Ironically, everything I needed could be found in my kitchen. Only contributing to the mantra I preached, that whatever you put onto your body, you should equally be able to put into your body. Not that I recommend drinking this cleaner (lol!), though it is technically edible. It wouldn’t be poisonous, but it’s also not the next best summer drink! 😉
- The juice of 1 lemon
- 10-20 drops of the essential oil of your choice (peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus…)
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup white vinegar
Add ingredients to a 16oz spray bottle – shake well, and spray.
Note: best stored in refrigerator when not using.
Four ingredients. That’s it. A key ingredient being fresh lemons.
I’m using Sunkist’s organic, fresh lemons for this multi-purpose natural cleaner recipe. I’ve always loved how versatile citrus can be, especially lemons. From recipes, to face masks, to cleaners, what can’t they do?
As a fun fact, vinegar (which contains 5% acetic acid) and essential oils both have disinfecting properties, too. My personal favourite essential oil scent is eucalyptus, which pairs nicely with fresh citrus. Though, you’re free to use any scent you like.
Because we’re using freshly-squeezed lemon juice, this cleaner is best kept if stored in the fridge. And important to note, is that because we’re using vinegar as a main ingredient, this DIY cleaner should NOT be used on surfaces like marble or granite as it could potentially wear down the stone.
I’ve used this fully green, multi-purpose cleaner on our kitchen counters, furniture surfaces, the inside of our fridge shelves… you name it. And the best part? No harmful ingredients.
For surfaces like stairs and floors, I would recommend using an all-natural soap (that will form suds) mixed with water and essential oils to help clean these often-dirtier surfaces.
Goodbye toxins, hello fresh lemons.
I love that I can use the same Sunkist lemons from my classic hummus recipe to a DIY home and surface cleaner.
So now, when asked what to do when life gives you lemons, the options are endless!
Nick Joly | Inspired by Nick
Thanks to Sunkist for sponsoring this post!