A few years back I switched to using all natural cleaning products to reduce the toxic load inside my home, for the greater health of myself – and that of my family, and here’s why you should too. Standard household cleaning products are full of harmful, toxic substances such as – formaldehyde, ammonia, phthalates, chlorine, solvents and many more. These hazardous ingredients have been linked to cancer, allergies, hormone disruption, gastrointestinal issues, reproductive disorders and neurotoxicity. When you’re exposed to these toxins routinely it puts you and your family at an increased risk of these types of illnesses.
With a few simple ingredients I’m able to keep my home sparkling clean, for a fraction of the price, that’s healthy for my family and good for the environment.
Your new cleaning bff’s that will cut away that dirt, grease and grime are:
Bi-carb soda – mild abrasive and excellent deodoriser.
Vinegar – great for deodorising, degreasing and general cleaning.
Hydrogen peroxide – anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral.
Castile soap – gentle soap and versatile cleaner
Essential oils – powerful anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-biotic and anti-viral properties.
All purposes spray
Fill a spray bottle with:
1 cup of vinegar
2 tablespoons of eucalyptus oil
I use this for almost everything; table tops, cupboards, cleaning inside the fridge, outside of toilets, bathrooms sinks, showers and for spot cleaning.
Tile and grout cleaner
1 part vinegar
3 parts Bi-carb soda
3 drops of lavender essential oil
Combine ingredients together to form a paste, apply to grout and let sit for 10 minutes and scrub with toothbrush. I also use this combination to clean and scrub sinks.
1/2 cup of baking soda
1 cup white vinegar
1 teaspoon of tea tree oil
Combine white vinegar and tea tree oil in spray bottle, spray inside of toilet bowel and let sit for several minutes, dump baking soda all around, and scrub inside toilet with brush.
4 tbsp Castile soap
10 drops lemon essential oil
1 gallon of hot water
Window and mirror cleaner
Water and microfibre cloth
Hydrogen peroxide sprayed directly on mould spores – or tea tree oil is also very effective.
Spray inside of oven with water, make a thick paste with the bi-carb soda, spread over all surfaces, leave for a few hours and wipe oven down with damp cloth to remove grime. May need extra application.
Lastly – a little bit of elbow grease never hurt anyone! Happy cleaning friends, that house of yours will look spic and span in no time.
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