Did you know that the average household (spends) between $1,800 and $3,600 a year on cleaning products
Try these green products which are free from bleach, phosphates and ammonia. Get rid of those toxic cleaners and start fresh with these easy on your budget and better for the environment products.
BAKING SODA: (sodium bicarbonate)
An all-purpose, non-toxic cleaner. Cleans, deodorizes, removes stains and softens fabrics
WHITE VINEGAR: All-purpose cleaner
Have you ever tried white vinegar as a cleaning product? Use a little in a spray container – it’s great for mirrors and windows. Mixed with eucalyptus oil it is fantastic on basics, kitchen boards and stainless steel – plus it’s toxic-free.
Check my Post on DIY Bathroom Cleaner.
BORAX (sodium borate):
A natural mineral that kills mold and bacteria. An alternative to bleach, it deodorises, removes stains and boosts the cleaning power of soap
Starches clothes, absorbs oil and grease
HERBS and ESSENTIAL OILS:
Great for disinfecting and fragrance
DIY Furniture polish Mix together 1 teaspoons olive oil, the juice of 1 lemon, 1 teaspoon whisky or brandy and 1 teaspoon water. Rub on furniture with a cloth and buff for a deep shine.
Cuts through grease. A bleach alternative
Furniture polish It is a really good penetrating oil and combines very well with beeswax to make an excellent furniture polish.
It’s also a good natural insect inhibitor for example, if you want to keep spiders out of your home, wrap some pantyhose around the head of a broom, add a couple of drops of lemon oil (or alternatively rub a lemon directly over the pantyhose) spread it evenly over the broom head with your hand and then extract the cobwebs with the broom, making sure you touch the walls as you go, so the oil is transferred around the house. Spiders won’t like it and will stay outside.
Inexpensive citronella candle
Put two drops of lemon oil in the well of your candle. When you light the candle and the well warms up, the smell will permeate the surrounding air and the mosquitoes and flies will stay away.
TEA TREE OIL:
A good cleaning agent for children’s hard toys: Simply place 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil and 1 litre of water in a spray bottle, shake, and lightly spray on the toys. Then, wipe over with a pair of pantyhose. Tea tree oil is safe to use on toys, as it’s a non-toxic disinfectant.
A great fibre relaxant
OIL OF CLOVES:
Give old socks a good home! Use old socks and t-shirts to clean the house. Cotton is better than the plasticised materials sold for cleaning and is better for the environment.
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