It’s fun! It’s safe for your family, your pets and your earth – and I bet you could save a few much needed pennies by doing it? Yup, for the next few months we are going to be inspiring you to try your hand at some natural cleaning recipes. We will also be sharing interesting tips and advice on natural ingredients that are great for cleaning and ways to control dirt, pests and mould the friendly way. These are just a taste of some of the natural recipes we will be sharing:
- Air Fresheners or deodorisers
- All purpose cleaners
- Glass Cleaners
- Toilet Bowel Cleaners
- Drain Cleaners
- Mildew Removers
- Lime Deposits
- Drain Cleaners
- Furniture Polish
- Stain Removers
- Carpet/Upholstery Cleaners
- Metal Cleaners
101 on natural cleaning ingredients
So to start off this Clean & Green series a quick 101 on what natural ingredients can be used to clean your home:
Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate): This is an all-purpose, non-toxic cleaner. It cleans, deodorises, removes stains and softens fabrics.
Cornstarch: Starches clothes, absorbs oil and grease.
Lemon Juice: This dynamic fruit cuts through grease and removes perspiration and other stains from clothing. It is also a great bleach alternative.
Salt (sodium chloride): Salt can be used as an abrasive.
Organic Toothpaste: Toothpaste is also a mild abrasive.
Vinegar (acetic acid): Cuts grease, removes stains and is an excellent water softener.
Washing soda (sodium carbonate): Cleans clothes, softens water, cuts grease and disinfects. It also increases the cleaning power of soap.
Olive Oil: Great as a natural wood polish.
Borax (sodium borate): This is a natural mineral that kills mold and bacteria. It is an alternative to bleach and it deodorizes, removes stains and boosts the cleaning power of soap. Please note that although it is a natural ingredient, it does need to be handled with care and kept away from pets and children.
Herbs and Essential Oils: A wide variety of essential oils can be used for disinfecting and fragrance. For example, the following essential oils are great for around the home:
Citronella Essential Oil – Commonly used as an air freshener or as an insect repellent.
Lemon Essential Oil – Can also be used in the home to clean and deodorise. Great to rid the home of stale tobacco or cooking smells.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil – Great for natural pest control, especially for flies.
Lemongrass Essential Oil – Used as an air freshener or as an insect repellent.
Lavender Essential Oil and Rosemary Essential Oil – Great as air fresheners to rid the home of stale tobacco or cooking smells.
||Be sure to check out our range of natural cleaning products which use many of the ingredients above instead of the usual chemical nasties!