A beautifully scented, clean living area is not just good to look at but brings a sense of calm and peacefulness to our minds. Creating a beautiful, clean space to live in is a beneficial asset to any lifestyle.
However, often the products we use to clean our homes are not as safe as we think and can have a damaging effect on us. The consequences can range from headaches, nausea and changes in your endocrine system to more serious carcinogenic effects. You can read more on the toxicity of household products on the website of Organic Consumers Organisation.
We have listed alternatives for different types of cleaning products below. The alternatives are all natural and most can be made at home with very simple ingredients.
Beware of air fresheners that have hazardous chemical compositions. According to a study 86% of commercial air fresheners tested had phthalates – believe me, you don’t want to be inhaling this stuff. Instead of buying these nasty air fresheners make your own room spray with essential oils or simply use bi-carb soda!
- Keeping your fridge fresh: Place a little jar with some bi-carb soda in your fridge – it will absorb any odours. Replace every 2 weeks. You can also use this method in kitchen shelves.
- Toilet: Drop 2-3 drops of essential oil into the toilet after flushing to absorb odours. Best essential oils are: Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Eucalyptus or Tea Tree.
Want some instant freshness? Make your own room spray! Below is an easy recipe to create your own room spray:
- Get yourself a 100ml brown glass bottle with a spray diffuser (Brown glass makes essential oils last longer) and some essential oil solubiliser. The solubiliser allows the essential oil to mix with the water (which usually would separate). I personally use the solubiliser from Perfect Potion.
- Choose an essential oil that you like & that is suitable for the room you will be using it. As an example: Any citrus oil will work great for toilets/kitchens as these have a very fresh, clean scent. Some citrus essential oils are anti-bacterial as well.
- Mix the oil and the solubiliser: The ratio is 1:2. Put 10-20 drops of essential oil and 20-40 drops of solubiliser in the bottle and shake gently. The amount of drops you you’ll need will depend on the essential oil you are using and your personal preference.
- Fill the bottle with 100ml of filtered or distilled water and again shake gently.
Liquid castile soap works as a great all-purpose cleaner & disinfectant (if you add a suitable essential oil) and even removes tough grease. To make your own all-purpose cleaner you will need:
- Liquid castile soap, personally we use Dr. Bronner’s: you can purchase the soap in various sizes from your local health food shop or online.
- An essential oil you like: Opt for an essential oil that also works as a disinfectant. Good options would be: Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Peppermint or Lemon.
- Include 10 drops of essential oil to 100ml of liquid castile soap and mix gently.
Use this cleaner in the kitchen, on surfaces and on floors (just make sure you are familiar with the material your floors are made of, some essential oils like lemon can have a bleaching effect when paired up with lots of sunlight.)
Dish Washing Liquid
Make your own dishwashing liquid that will leave your kitchen utensils clean & sparkling! Mix the below ingredients together & pour into a glass bottle with a pump dispenser.
- 150ml liquid Castile Soap
- 150ml filtered Water (adjust according to how “thin” you want soap to be)
- 2 T Apple Cider Vinegar
- 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 7 drops Lemon Essential Oil
The apple cider vinegar is an efficient cleaning agent, while the essential oils have antibacterial properties.
Good luck trying some healthier cleaning agents!
BLUE MONKEY & PINEAPPLE