Ready to get rid of your store-bought stuff and make your own super cheap and simple natural cleaners? Here are my TOP 3 recipes for things I have replaced in my own house. Just by swapping out these three things, I have significantly reduced my toxic load not only in my house but also the environment.
All – Purpose Spray and Wipe
- $2 Kmart stainless steel spray bottle (approx 200mL)
- 100mL white vinegar (I buy 5L containers of vinegar now and decant into smaller bottles)
- 100mL water (straight from the tap is fine)
- 10-15 drops of essential oils (citrus oils are superb for cleaning as they’re antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal, smell so fresh and cuts through soap scum and grease really well. Try Lemon, Lime, Orange, Grapefruit…whatever you fancy. On Guard is an awesome cleaner as it also packs the punch of Clove oil!)
- SHAKE BEFORE USE
It’s seriously that simple. Combine the ingredients, give it a shake and spray away. Takes like 45 seconds!
Toilet Air Freshener
No one likes to leave a toilet smelling less than fresh. But the aerosol sprays contain so many nasties! Instead, why don’t you try combining:
- 200mL water
- 10-15 drops of essential oils (have fun with whatever fragrance you prefer…citrus? floral? pine? I personally have Peppermint, Lemongrass and Lime in my bathroom. Mostly all I can smell is the Lemongrass but it’s pretty awesome anyway)
- $2 Kmart stainless steel spray bottle
- SHAKE BEFORE USE
This one caught me by surprise and scared me more than most. Fabric softeners and dryer sheets have been sold to us as absolutely necessary to make our clothes and linen soft and static-free. But what is fabric softener? Its a combination of noxious chemicals combined with a massive amount of fragrance that masks their nose-curling odours. These chemicals coat the surface of textiles with a thin layer of lubrication to make them feel smoother and resist the buildup of static electricity. Some of the chemicals found in fabric softeners have been linked with central nervous disorders and some cancers. Some cause respiratory irritation and many are incredibly damaging to our environment and fauna and flora as they are poured down our waterways. So what is an EASY and NATURAL alternative?
- 1/2 cup vinegar (now you know why I buy 5L)
- 4 drops of essential oils (I love Tea Tree for bubba’s cloth nappies as it’s a great antibacterial oil, Lavender for our sheets and towels…so relaxing)
- 2 Tablespoons (roughly, generally free pour) Epsom Salts. The magnesium in Epson Salts is a great natural water softener.
Super, super simple and easy. Crazy cheap and takes only seconds to make. So easy that it’s not an onerous task to keep using these alternatives. As long as you have some oils and vinegar in the house you’ll always be able to make them.
I have found the Kmart spray bottles great. You can get them in the cleaning section of Kmart in 3 different colours. DON’T put essential oils in plastic containers or bottles. doTERRA essential oils are super potent and therefore volatile which means they can start to break down the plastic if they’re in there for a long time. Always use essential oils in Glass, Ceramic or Metal containers/bottles/jars etc.
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