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Creating a Healthy Haven: Homemade Disinfectant Cleaners, Hearty Soups, and Natural Room Fresheners


When cold and flu season hits, keeping our homes clean and our bodies nourished becomes a top priority. In this blog post, I will share some of my favorite recipes for homemade disinfectant cleaners, hearty soups, and a clever stove-top humidifier that not only detoxes the room but also fills it with a delightful scent.


1. Homemade Disinfectant Cleaners:

Creating your own disinfectant cleaners is not only cost-effective but also allows you to control the ingredients that come into contact with your home and loved ones. Here's a simple recipe to make an all-purpose disinfectant spray:

- Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.

- Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a refreshing scent.

- Shake well and use on high touch items such as countertops, doorknobs, and light switches.

For a more potent cleaner, try this recipe for a disinfecting wipes solution:

- In a container, mix 1 cup of distilled water, 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol, and 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap.

- Cut a roll of paper towels in half and place the half roll in the container.

- Let the solution soak into the paper towels, and voila! You have homemade disinfecting wipes ready to use.


2. Hearty Soups to Nourish and Heal:

When feeling under the weather, a warm and nourishing bowl of soup can work wonders. Here are two hearty soup recipes that are not only comforting but also packed with immune-boosting ingredients:


- Chicken Noodle Soup:

Ingredients:

- 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces

- 1 onion, diced

- 2 carrots, sliced

- 2 celery stalks, diced

- 3 garlic cloves, minced

- 6 cups of chicken broth

- 2 cups of egg noodles

- Salt and pepper to taste

- Fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions:

- In a large pot, sauté the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic until softened.

- Add the chicken pieces and cook until browned.

- Pour in the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

- Remove the chicken from the pot, shred the meat, and discard the bones.

- Return the shredded chicken to the pot and add the egg noodles. Cook until noodles are tender.

- Season with salt and pepper, garnish with fresh parsley, and serve hot.


- Lentil and Vegetable Soup:

Ingredients:

- 1 cup of lentils, rinsed

- 1 onion, diced

- 2 carrots, diced

- 2 celery stalks, diced

- 3 garlic cloves, minced

- 6 cups of vegetable broth

- 1 teaspoon of cumin

- 1 teaspoon of paprika

- Salt and pepper to taste

- Fresh cilantro for garnish

Instructions:

- In a large pot, sauté the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic until softened.

- Add the lentils, vegetable broth, cumin, and paprika. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until lentils are tender.

- Season with salt and pepper.

- Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve hot.


3. Stove-Top Humidifier and Room Freshener:

Creating a natural and aromatic atmosphere in your home can be achieved with a simple stove-top humidifier. Here's how to make one:


- Fill a small pot with water and bring it to a simmer on your stovetop.

- Add your favorite ingredients such as citrus slices, cinnamon sticks, cloves, or rosemary sprigs to the water.

- Allow the mixture to simmer gently, releasing the fragrant steam into the air.

- This not only adds moisture to the room but also detoxes and freshens the air, making your home feel cozy and inviting.


Maintaining a clean and healthy home during cold and flu season doesn't have to be a daunting task. By creating homemade disinfectant cleaners, preparing hearty soups packed with immune-boosting ingredients, and using a stove-top humidifier to detox and scent the air, you can create a haven that promotes wellness and comfort for you and your loved ones. Let's embrace the healing power of these homemade remedies and enjoy a healthier home environment all year round!

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