DIY: All Natural Cleaner

Words by Luna Jauregui, Doulas of Orlando

Did you realize that with a few items from your pantry, you can mix your own kitchen and bathroom spray cleaners? Bonus: They’re a lot cheaper and healthier for your little one! Exposure to chemicals in our environment could affect your baby, even in the womb. After all, we absorb these chemicals through our skin and cleaners like bleach may penetrate your lungs and enter into your blood stream. So, eliminate your toxic household cleaners and replace them with white vinegar, baking soda and essential oils. It’s cheaper and healthier for you and baby!

STEP 1: Organize supplies over the kitchen sink. Be sure to use a glass spray bottle because vinegar can warp a plastic container unless it’s a food-grade spray bottle.

STEP 2: Mix water and vinegar together in glass spray bottle. You should always mix half water and half vinegar, so adjust portions appropriately.

STEP 3: Drop in 3 to 5 drops of essential oil. Lemongrass has disinfectant properties and a fresh, clean scent that is perfect for kitchen and bathroom counters. To ward off mold and bacteria in the shower or toilet, choose tea tree oil. For tough mold, put a little baking soda and white vinegar on the stain, let it sit for 5 minutes and then wipe clean. The mold comes right off.

Bonus: Fresh, Stain-free Laundry Cleaner

Stop using expensive and potentially toxic stain cleaners and go all natural! After trying several different variations, I’ve discovered that the following combination can take out the toughest stains and keep clothing looking and smelling fresh.

Mix an organic laundry detergent (I use Mrs. Meyers for the scent) with ½ cup baking soda and ½ cup white vinegar for each load of laundry. Cut a piece of lemon, wrap it in a cheesecloth bag and throw it in your washer. Take it out before putting the clothing in the dryer.

It’s like magic: no stains, bright colors and a fresh scent!

LUNA JAUREGUI is an Orlando-based certifi ed doula with Doulas of Orlando ( and mom to two daughters. Her journey to becoming a doula began when she realized there was such a large gap between couples’ expectations and the reality of current birth practices. Luna, who speaks both English and Spanish, prepares parents to help them achieve their vision of an ideal birth. She also works with families after baby, offering lactation support and other services.

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