Category Archives: Natural Cleaning

Natural Washing Solutions…Soapnuts, Homemade Laundry Powder, and Vinegar

Yesterday I made up a new batch of laundry washing powder and realised I hadn’t done a cleaning post in a while so here I go…

As with all other cleaning products, we are conditioned to believe that we need to buy commercial washing powders or liquids to keep our clothes and laundry clean, free of stains, and smelling lovely.  Not only do these commercial products contain a plethora of chemicals which are harmful to the environment and humans, but the recent packaging ‘improvements’ now see so many of them in solid plastic tubs.  What was wrong with cardboard?!

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Homemade Antibacterial spray (water-based)

Although the homemade all-purpose natural cleaner which I posted recently, is antibacterial, I wanted to share a basic recipe for a water-based antibacterial spray which can be used on marble, or other delicate surfaces.

It’s another simple one – just two ingredients: water and essential oils!

Take an empty spray bottle, clean it up if you wish and remove old labels (I’ll be posting a trick on this too soon!), then fill with cooled, boiled water, and approximately 20-30 drops essential oil such as: lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, orange, lemon, pine), and give it a shake.

There you go, all done :)

The great thing about this spray is that it also doubles as a fabric freshner, or room spray.

For other natural cleaning recipes and tips see my post on Natural Cleaning with No Nasty Chemicals

How to descale a kettle (or any other appliance)…with vinegar

Please, please don’t waste your money, or contribute to unnecessary packaging, by buying any descaling product ever again!  I want to show you how you can descale a kettle, or any other appliance with one simple ingredient…vinegar.

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Super sparkly, homemade floor cleaner

Next on the list of homemade cleaning solutions is this simple floor cleaner which will leave your floors sparkly, fresh and without a toxin in sight.

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Natural loo (toilet) cleaner

I’m on a bit of a roll with cleaning recipes at the moment so next on the list is loo (as we like to say in the UK) or toilet cleaning.

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All purpose natural cleaner

This all purpose cleaner recipe is taken from allecogreenandbeautiful and is great for cleaning surfaces, bathrooms, floors, and all manner of other things!

Adding pure essential oils will make the solution smell pleasant, and certain oils have antibacterial properties, turning the it into an antibacterial cleaner (along with the vinegar which is also antibacterial).  Some options of oils to choose for this purpose are: Lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, lemon, and orange.  Do be careful using any essential oils on delicate surfaces and do not use vinegar solutions on marble countertops or boards.

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Natural cleaning (with no nasty chemicals)

I’ve been on a quest for the past few years to gradually rid my home of chemicals both to reduce my own and my family’s contact with toxins and also to reduce our household environmental impact – which comes from less chemicals, and less packaging/plastic.

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