5 all natural cleaning hacks for a sparkling chemical free home.
Posted on 07 May 2016
The couple of weeks ago I had lunch with two girlfriends. One just had a baby and the other is currently detoxing. We were chatting about chemicals and my friend with the baby said since she first fell pregnant she started thinking about the chemicals around her home and how she suddenly had a yearning to use only natural products both on her face and body and around her home. My other girlfriend who is detoxing was like wow you are so right... here I am off the alcohol, off the dairy and coffee mostly for allergy and skin issues yet I'm still surrounded by chemicals on the daily!
We made a pact to do some research and each try just one are of the home with hints we found on pint rest and report back at brunch!
We had some Pretty good results and are definitely converted.
here are our top 5!
Mould: If you have told spots on the roof of your bathroom we highly recommend oil of clove. You can buy it from any supermarket or pharmacy and unlike bleach or ammonia it is THE ONLY thing that will actually kill the mould at the spore level. ( also apparently this oil is great if you have a toothache, I have tried it... it tastes weird but it works)
For Bathrooms you can mix some tea tree with water in a spray bottle and spray your bath, toilet basin etc. This gets rid of germs.
Then I put a little baking soda on a damp sponge scourer and give the basin bath a light scrub. Wash off with water and Voila a germ free and sparkly basin and bath and no chemicals used.
Carpet deodoriser: I always used to buy the sprinkle on carpet deodoriser. We have a large lounge room and I am often sprawled out on the carpet reading or doing yoga or stretches so its important to know that the carpet is always pretty fresh.
Baking soda will do the same job for you and does not contain any chemicals so its safe for you, your kids, your pets and won't flair up respiratory allergies. The only note I will mention is that you do need to leave it on for at least an hour or as long as you can for it to absorb any odours and stains. ( you can do this to your mattress too!)
If you do have an actual stain on your carpet you are trying to get rid if I recommend rubbing the baking powder into that area you could even add a little lemon too.
Clean a wooden cutting board: Using course see salt and half a lemon. Cut a lemon in half f and squee out some of its juice onto the board. Add half a handful of course see salt and use you half lemon to rib the chopping board thoroughly then rinse under water.
Refrigerator and microwave cleaner: This one is pretty important because when you think about it.. the food you store in your fridge and food you cook/ heat up in your microwave do not need to be tainted by chemicals.
Switch out your dish soap and spray for fresh lemon, vinegar and lemon essential oil ( so your house doesn't stink of vinegar!).
Heres my recipe.
for the fridge mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 2 cups of hot water.. add a squeeze of lemon juice and 15 drops of Lemon essential oil.
For the microwave get a microwave proof bowl and add in 1 cup of hot water a table spoon of vinegar and about 6 lemon slices and some lemon juice. microwave for 90 seconds. You will find that the acid in the lemon and vinegar has lessened all the grease and dirt from your microwave so it is easy to wipe out.
Natural wooden furniture polish: A blend of 1/2 cup of coconut oil mixed with a squeeze of lemon and a couple of drops of lavender essential oil is a beautiful all natural wood polish and restore for wooden furniture around the home.
You don't have to do a massive overhaul all at once but perhaps start small and just try one thing at a time!