Thank you so much to Amanda for sharing how you clean your entire home the natural way. The more people we can get to swap to non-toxic cleaning products the better. Over to Amanda...
Cleaning with natural ingredients is not only good for the planet but also good for us humans, much cheaper and simpler too. I don’t spend anymore than a few pounds each month on cleaning supplies.
Benefits are I know I’m not exposing myself or my family to any nasty toxins. I’m not releasing toxins into the waterways, I’ve developed a simpler cleaning routine, and cheaper too. Also all those plastic bottles I’m not putting in my bin each month!
I use the same basic cleaner spray. 50/50 cooled boiled water to white vinegar (soak with citrus peels) but swap the oils.
I use 1/2 lemon and sea salt to scrub my wooden chopping boards.
I even clean my windows with the kitchen spray, but make sure I buff it up afterwards for no streaks with a cloth.
Soak the shelves in white vinegar and bicarbonate solution with hot water for a few hours, it then scrubs off easy. I spray the oven with the kitchen spray, then sprinkle the oven with bicarbonate and leave a while. This then gets scrubbed and rinsed off, then buffed up.
1/2 cup of bicarbonate and 1/2 white vinegar will do the trick and just leave for 1/2 an hour.
White vinegar can be used as a fabric conditioner too. I use soap nuts too for clothes wash, which are very cheap. I sprinkle bicarbonate overnight on settees and carpet to get rid of dog odours or sprinkle some on the mattress when you change your sheets. Just hoover off afterwards.
I don’t think there’s anything else I do. Like anything it’s an adjustment. You have to get used to the vinegar smell and open the windows. Now I can’t breathe if I walk into a room where chemical cleaners have been used! It just shows how desensitised our bodies have got to chemical cleaners.
I can honestly say I’ve not noticed any difference to how clean my house is now to before when I was using highly toxic stuff. It’s no cleaner, it’s no dirtier. But there’s the obvious health and financial benefits.
If you are pregnant, please research before using essential oils. They can be used in small quantities as they are highly concentrated substances. The same goes if you have a medical condition and caution should be used around pets.
Make sure you purchase high quality organic therapeutic grade oils too. My favourite are doTERRA.
I hope this blog post has been useful. Thank you Amanda! You can refer back as and when your current products run out. I’d also love to hear how you are getting on ☺
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