Cleaning-it’s something we all have to do and most of us don’t enjoy it.
Why not let nature help make this job a bit more bearable?
Not only are natural cleaning products safer for our health, better for the environment, effective and less costly, they can also lift your mood, wake you up or create a beautifully calm atmosphere.
There’s no need for a cupboard full of cleaning products. You can use the same product for bathroom, kitchen, floors, glass and more.
All you need us 3 key ingredients:
1- WATER – for dilution
2- WHITE VINEGAR – this naturally neutralises smells whilst also disinfecting
3- ESSENTIAL OILS – essential oils are the oils distilled from plants and each plant has different properties and qualities.
My favourite oils to use in cleaning are:
LAVENDER – this is antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral. It creates a calm home environment-fantastic I you’re feeling stressed.
TEA TREE – again, antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. Great for getting rid of or preventing mould.
MAI CHANG – not so commonly used in cleaning but I love it. This has antifungal and antiviral properties and is mood lifting. It invokes a very positive feeling, which might help you enjoy cleaning a bit more!
PEPPERMINT – this has antibacterial properties and makes for a very fresh, clean smelling home. It also helps focus a scattered mind.
THIEVES OIL – this is a great cleaning oil and does wonders for avoiding illness too. The original thieves oil can be quite expensive, but you can find alternative blends containing the same key oils for less, or even make your own. It contains clove, cinnamon bark, rosemary, lemon and eucalyptus oils.
There’s no set formula for how much oil should be added, so I recommend starting low and working up to a good smell. Remember you don’t want to go overboard but you also don’t want your house to stink of vinegar.
GLASS/MIRRORS – 1:1, vinegar:water
BATHROOMS – 3:1, vinegar:water
KITCHEN – 1:1, vinegar: water
A few extra green-cleaning tips:
BATHROOM AIR FRESHENER
1-2 drops of your favourite oil on the inside of the toilet roll.
Infuse your vinegar with lemon skins for several weeks then use to cut through kitchen grease.
Add bicarbonate of soda to make a paste, use and wipe off.
Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle on bicarbonate of soda. Use as a scourer for tough pans.
Soak item in vinegar or spray on and leave for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off.
Soap nuts are really good for cleaning clothes. Just check that they’re from an ethical, fair-trade source. Add a splash of vinegar to the softener drawer.
Freshen and cleanse inside air with Aloe Vera, Spider Plant, English Ivy or Peace Lily.
I hope this post inspires you to try your hand at ‘green cleaning’ to reduce toxins and bring a bit of nature inside your home!
(It’s always important to make sure you buy good quality essential oils and also to look up any contraindications of the oils you’ll be using. For example, there are some questions whether babies and young children should be exposed to peppermint oil, as it can affect the body’s temperature and respiration regulation. Please please take care to understand the oils you’re using and make a safe judgement.)