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Stay Squeaky Clean With These Natural Toxin Free DIY Cleaning Products

In our obsessive consumer culture, one of the most radical choices you can make is choosing to create, rather than consume. Each time you make your own product, you’re taking an active, participatory role in your life. You are educating yourself about the ingredients you use in your home and on your body. And each and every time you create something from natural ingredients, you leave a plastic bottle on the shelf, and prevent the further flow of toxic chemicals into our homes and oceans.

This may sound like a time consuming goal, but revolution begins at home, and starting small means that you’re starting! So with a little vinegar, some baking soda, lemon and a few other household ingredients, you’re on your way to a clean & sparkling interior – without the harmful chemicals & packed cleaning closet!

Learn How To Make Your Own...

Multi-purpose Cleaner

You can combine many ingredients to create a toxin free multi-purpose cleaner to sanitise all around your home. Our favourite consists of equal parts white vinegar and water, lemon rind and rosemary springs, poured into a spray bottle, shaken, and then left to infuse for a week before using, (remove the rind and rosemary.) You can also replace the rosemary for essential oils of your choice.

Once done, you can use the natural solution to remove hard water stains, clean bins, wipe away wall smudges, and much more. Besides a fresh scent, the lemon rind may help boost cleaning power. Caution: Do not use acidic cleaners on granite, marble or stone, as they can cause damage.

Microwave Cleaner

If you simply place a small cup of vinegar and the juice of a lemon in the microwave and switch it on for 2 minutes. Leave the door closed for a further minute or so to steam, then open and simply wipe down the inside with a damp cloth. No need to awkwardly scrub!

Washing Up Liquid

Castile soap is an amazingly versatile vegetable-based soap that’s made free of animal fats and synthetic ingredients. This natural, nontoxic, biodegradable soap is available in bar or liquid form. It was made in the Mediterranean area before its use spread to Europe. Traditionally, castile soap was made of olive oil. It gets its name from the Castile region of Spain.

These days, soap is also made with coconut, castor, or hemp oils. Sometimes it’s made with avocado, walnut, and almond oils as well. These oils give the soap its lathering, moisturising, and cleansing properties.

Castile soap is an exciting product since it’s not only environmentally friendly but also incredibly useful and effective for certain purposes. You can use it on your body, to clean your house, and even on pets, as it's safe and gentle to use as long as it’s diluted properly - read bottle directions.


Furniture Polish

Olive oil works perfectly as a furniture polish. Mix together 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 3/4 cup of olive oil and the juice of half a lemon.

Like its counterpart, this also contains only two ingredients: olive oil and lemon juice. For this, though, combine two parts olive oil and one part lemon juice in a bowl or spray bottle. As with the other recipe, rub a small amount into your furniture with a clean cloth, then wipe dry with another cloth. It's best to make this fresh for each use because it can go rancid.

Cheap olive oil works just as well as more expensive grades. This also is a good use for olive oil that is getting old or was shoved to the back of the cupboard. It may not taste great in your food, but it can polish your furniture.

General Floor Cleaner

Vinegar is back again as an amazing way to clean your floors! Just add a cup to your bucket of hot water with a squeeze of castile soap and mop away.

Essential Oil Air Freshener

Using essential oils in a spray does more than just freshen a space, it can imbue the air with aromatherapy benefits for your central nervous system so you can relax, heal, and feel more energised whenever you like.

Plus, you can spritz them wherever you fancy — The bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, closet, your pillow, anywhere—and you never have to worry about those chemical air freshener smells!

Fill a spray bottle with water a splash of Vodka and generous drops of essential oils, such as eucalyptus or lavender for example. Give it a sniff and a spray, and add a few more drops of oil if it needs it.

Carpet Freshener

Likewise you can do the same for carpet freshener. Fill a jar with bicarbonate of soda and generous drops of essential oil of your choice. Shake over your carpet to freshen, leaving for up to 30 mins then vacuum.

Oven Cleaner

Combine bicarbonate of soda, salt and some water. Keep adding water bit by bit until you create a paste. Cover your oven in the mixture and let it sit overnight. Scrub and wipe clean the next day with a damp cloth, who needs those super smelly toxic cleaners ay?

Chopping Board Sanitiser

To disinfect your chopping boards, chop a lemon in half and rub over the surface of your chopping board, then wipe clean. If you have any tough stains, then you can squeeze some of the lemon juice onto the chopping board and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it off.

Drain Cleaner

For a blocked drain, pour a good amount of bicarbonate of soda followed by some white vinegar to your drain. These two ingredients will react together to break down any dirt, grime and grease clogging up the drain. After 10-15 minutes, pour boiling hot water down the drain to clean everything out, (make sure to only do this on metal pipes, as the boiling water could melt plastic pipes).

Clothing Stain Remover

Here's the tricky thing about grease stains: While your first instinct might be to flush it out with water, you have to remember that oil repels water, which means that any H20 contact might just set the stain permanently. Try to dab it gently with an absorbent paper towel, soaking up any excess grease. Below are some tips and tricks for specific stains...

For oily and greasy stains apply a bit of uncoloured soap (maybe the Castile soap we mentioned above,) let it sit for about 5 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.

You can also consider pouring baby powder and pressing it firmly onto a greasy stain, leaving it overnight. Rubbing chalk onto a stain to absorb any oil, brushing off before washing is a winner, along with crushing and blotting artificial sweeteners on the affected area — a trick especially handy when eating on the go!