Spring is (finally) here and you may find it's time to do a bit of clean out or clean up!
If you're anything like me, you probably don't like to use harsh chemicals but at the same time, you don't want to compromise on the quality of your clean either. Well, the good news is, you don't have to.
With just a few general house-hold items, you can make your own alternative cleaning products to make every area of your home glisten and sparkle!
Before I share with you some of my fave DIY wonders - here's what you need to know about 'indoor pollutants'...
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranks indoor air pollution, most commonly derived from cleaning products, among the top environmental dangers. Exposure to some of these pollutants can result in immediate health threats including: headaches, dizziness, fatigue, exacerbated symptoms of asthma as well as irritations of the eyes, nose and throat. These are just the immediate effects. Long term effects have been linked with heart disease, cancer and respiratory diseases.
The scary thing being, not all cleaning products detail all of the ingredients they actually contain, other than the registered pesticides which are a legal requirement. So how do you know what's safe? To some degree - you actually don't.
To avoid the confusion, I've put together some of my favourite cleaning recipes which you can easily make at home, with products you probably have in the house. Here's what you'll need to practically clean every room and every surface!
Bi-Carb Soda / Baking Soda
Lemons / Lemon Juice
Toilets & Tubs
For an awesome toilet and tub scrub which deodorizes while it cleans, pour ½ cup of baking soda and about 10 drops of tea tree essential oil into the toilet / tub.
Add ¼ cup of vinegar to the bowl and allow to rest for at least 10 minutes. You'll know its working because the mixture will fizz!
Scrub away and watch the stains and grime disappear!
For daily maintenance, fill a small spray bottle with vinegar (about 1 cup should be plenty and add a few drops of your favourite essential oil (I like to use lemon and tea tree personally). Spray, let it sit for a few minutes and then wipe the surface clean. Voila!
This recipe is a great all-purpose counter cleaner (which just happens to be great for bathroom and laundry benchtops too).
Simply mix together equal parts vinegar and water in a small spray bottle and wipe the surface clean.
Just be careful, if your countertop is made from stone such as marble or granite, the acid in the vinegar won't be good for these surfaces. Instead, replace the vinegar with a good old fashioned cheap vodka!
These babies are where germs and bacteria thrive!
All you need to create a non-toxic cleaning agent is a lemon and some rock salt!
Sprinkle some rock salt over the surface of the board. Cut the lemon in half and rub with half the lemon. Allow it to rest for 10 minutes and then rinse away!
This one is not recommended for wooden floors, although it's amazing for tiles!
Combine one part vinegar with with two parts of hot water in a bucket. Using a mop or rag, wash the floors with the solution and there's no need to rinse off!
For a non-toxic bleach alternative when doing your laundry, add some lemon juice to the rinse cycle.
Clean varnished wood by combining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, and 1 Litre of warm water in a spray bottle. Spray onto wooden surface and then dry with a soft cloth.
This is great for furniture but don't try it on your floors - the oil will make things a tad slippery!
Windows & Mirrors
This is a great cleaner for your windows and mirrors. Combine 1 part vinegar with 4 parts water and a 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice. Then use a sponge or rag (or newspaper) to wipe clean!
If your sink drain is clogged, start by boiling 2 cups of water. Pour ½ cup of baking soda into the drain, and then add the water while it’s still nice and hot. This normally does the trick however if you find that it's still not clear, after the baking soda pour 1/2 cup vinegar down the drain. Cover the drain tightly with the lid of a large pot and wait until the fizzing stops. Rinse with boiling water until clear.
To cut through the grime on frying pans, simply apply some salt and lemon juice and scrub vigorously. This one requires some serious elbow power!
I'd love to hear from you if you have other great DIY cleaning recipes - let's all work together to eliminate nasty chemicals and toxins from our homes!
Love & Light
xx Sandra Stoitis xx