Green Cleaning

So many cleaning products contain chemicals and synthetic fragrances that increase our toxic load in our homes and our bodies. Although we don't want this stuff in our homes or impacting the planet, we still want our house to be clean(ish).

 

Below is a growing l selection of useful green cleaning recipes that are simple to make yourself while still being effective at getting the job done.

Every homeowner strives to have a clean, germ free home. However, what many don’t realise is that even the cleaning products we use around our homes can contain some dangerous toxins. This can have many unpleasant repercussions in our long-term health, especially in terms of allergies and respiratory diseases. Fortunately, there are many green cleaning alternatives, which can provide us with a sanitary environment without the added danger. And the best part is that the ingredients you need to prepare these solutions are easily found around...

Washing your clothes less often is actually better for the planet and will free up some precious time for more exciting things. Don't worry, it doesn't involve wearing dirty clothes! Now this isn't an excuse to never do the laundry, but this post will explain >Why it's better to do LESS, >How often items really need to be washed AND >Tips on reducing your laundry

Looking for eco-friendly laundry detergents that are organic and safe for sensitive skin? I’ve been trialling Wooly Mates and have been really impressed with both the ingredients and the results. So whether you have a biosystem, septic tank or are just sick of the junk in your washing products and want an eco-friendly option, then THIS could be the stuff you’ve been looking for.

Skip the store bought chemical air fresheners and make your own natural room spray with essential oils to freshen up your home. It's eco-friendly and non-toxic, making it safe for the whole family. The majority of air fresheners and commercial room sprays contain synthetic chemical fragrances that are made from petroleum products. Unbelievable, right? Well, these can cause headaches, irritations and may actually be polluting your home. With this recipe, you can blend your own room sprays in just a few minutes and even create a signature...

After seeing how a woman used a dishwasher tablet to clean her oven door I thought I'd better share my ecofriendly, chemical free hack that works great, without harming your skin or the environment.

The story I read yesterday can be found here and I was slightly horrified she used her bare hands to do it! Those Finish dishwasher tablets are full of things you don't want on your skin - hello dermatitis!

Not to mention they have lots of extra chemicals that make me not use them in my own dishwasher let alone the oven. I shared the article on Faceb...

This is a quick and easy DIY tutorial for making your own naturally scented botanical drawer sachets that smell amazing and repel bugs. Using beautiful ingredients link star anise, cinnamon and lavender, these sachets help keep out moths, silverfish and other pests while keeping your drawers smelling fresh. These also make cute gifts. I had so much fun with these that I made quite a few and have stored them in a repurposed jar along with the left over ingredients. This will keep it fresh and as I spring clean, I'll place a few around the...

Want to start green cleaning your home? Green cleaning is better for our health and homes and is surprisingly simple to get started. Here are some tips on chemical free cleaning that will save you a fortune AND reduce your waste. Don't worry, I'm keeping this post very simple with only a few ingredients you probably already have. I'll cover how to Green Clean the important rooms in the house and a few simple Green cleaning tasks you can incorporate if you wish. Vinegar and bi-carb soda are absolutely brilliant for DIY cleaning pro...

Non toxic, natural moth balls and moth repellents are easy to make yourself using cedar wood and essential oils. This mini tutorial will show you how to get started AND how to refresh your moth balls naturally. Cedarwood has a natural aroma that deters moths and silverfish from invading your drawers, cupboards and wardrobes and is a fabulous ecofriendly alternative to chemical moth balls. If you have ever stored seasonal clothes and then opened them months later to discover moths, then you probably have a good idea of the damage they can cause...

Citrus Infused vinegar is one of the best natural cleaners that you can make yourself and can replace many chemical cleaners in your home. It is cheap, simple to make and highly effective to break down grease, soap scum and sticky messes. This post will show you two different recipes and explain the many ways to use it. These days, most people are aware of the harmful ingredients contained in cleaning products, even the ones we believe to be more natural and ecofriendly can contain chemicals we just don’t need in our homes and around our fami...

Want to know how to make a natural homemade solution for steam cleaning carpets and rugs and avoid chemical cleaners in your home?  Here are two recipes to make at home that are great alternatives to chemical cleaning solutions, eco friendly, safe for your home and get the job done effectively. These quantities are based on a Britex Carpet Cleaning machine that we hired for the day. The company recommend they are to be used with a few chemical solutions that you buy when hiring, but we chose not to as I didn't want the house smelling of it...

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