Monday, 28 May 2012

Environment & Human Friendly Cleaning

With the world full of toxic chemicals, you can still choose to clean your house and workplace in a safer way. Over time commercial cleaning products can build up in the body and cause a number of health problems, you may think using them will keep away the common cold but really, you are filling your body with chemicals worse than the common cold.   

Here are our best, simple, and effective cleaning recipes that you can make at home using safe ingredients.  It can make your home and workplace a safer place to be for you, your family, and your employees.

Get your children and family members to assist as more hands make light work, getting your children to help may instill a level of cleanliness in them for later in life (you also get to show them safe ways to clean)

If you are lucky enough to have a cleaner or maid get them to use these products, they may even use them in their own home, then you have done a good deed for the environment and their family.

Let’s begin!

“We may not be able to change the world but we can always change our immediate environment”

Cleaning kit

Wash cloths- soft and abrasive
Scrub brush
Bottle brush
Tooth brush
Old rags and socks- cut up clothes or linen you no longer use

Towels just for cleaning
Broom and mop
Spray bottles x4
Bucket x2
Toilet brush
Vacuum cleaner

Cleaning agents

Bicarbonate soda
Distilled vinegar & apple cider vinegar
Distilled water
Washing soda
Oil- linseed, sunflower or olive
Natural soap flakes or enviro friendly dish liquid

Essential oils- Lavender, lemon, tea tree, eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint
Herbs- Lemon balm & thyme, rosemary, chamomile, sage, lavender, mint
Soft drink or citric acid powder
Vodka, not for drinking on the job ;)

Our All Purpose Cleaning Recipes

All Purpose 1. 
Fill a spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and distilled water- smell will disappear when dry

All Purpose 2. 
Using a spray bottle add
-1tsp of dish liquid or
-2tbs soap flakes dissolved in a little boiled water
-½ tsp bicarb soda
-1tbsp of vinegar
-If using essential oils add them now,5-6 drops.  Mix slowly
-Top with distilled water and shake.  Release any built up air then reseal.

Give a small shake before use to re disperse any settled ingredients.  Store away from heat.

All Purpose 3 
Lemon and bicarb soda. Just sprinkle the Bicarb and squeeze lemon juice to make a strong scrub for heavy build up.   

All Purpose 4 
For places that cannot get wet such as the TV screen, computer screen, keyboards, telephone or wallpaper you can use cleaning dough.
-6 tbsp of flour
-1 tsp of salt
-3 tbsp of vinegar
Tip out onto a floured surface and knead thoroughly. Add more flour when needed.

Kitchen & Dinning 
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms to keep clean, as this is where we prepare and eat our food.  If we do not regularly clean this room, it can result in serious health hazards such as food poisoning.  Cleaning the kitchen using commercial chemicals can actually taint our food even further so it is wise to choose human friendly cleaning options; by choosing them, you also benefit the greater environment.    

Dish Liquid
Using an empty dish liquid container or sauce bottle
-Grate ¼ cup of soap flakes and place into container
-Add 2 cups of distilled hot water (not boiling)
-Mix until dissolved and wait until cool
-Add ¼ cup glycerine
-10 drops of essential oil- lemon or peppermint

Mix well, but slow, as you do not want to create a heap of bubbles.  Store away from heat. 

When you take out the garbage, you can sprinkle bicarb soda in the bottom of the bin before you replace the (biodegradable) bag. 
You can also wipe over the bin with all-purpose cleaner 1.

If you have compost, you can reduce the smell of your bin dramatically as the bulk of it will be put in there.

You should not use disinfectants in the fridge as it can taint our food.
Use bicarb soda in some warm water then wipe over using vanilla essence. 

Don’t forget to put a ½ cup of bicarb in the fridge to absorb any growing smells, change once a month. (option put a drop of lemon essential oil in the bicarb cup) Must be high quality essential do to do this!


Living & Lounge Rooms 
The most common area of the home, most of us spend a majority of our time here out of all the other rooms of the home.  By keeping this area clean, we reduce the risk of ill health.

Wipe over coffee tables or high trafficbenches using all-purpose cleaner 1 or 2 If you have a wooden, slate or marble coffee table see our floor
section for specific care.

Toy Box
Wipe down all toys with the all-purpose cleaner 1 as you put them
away, this will reduce germ build up and is safe for children. 

Natural Antibacterial Air Freshener
Using a spray bottle add
-1 cup of distilled water
-1 oz of vodka
-10-20 drops of essential oil- eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, or lemon.

Anti-Bac Blend- 4 drops eucalypt, 4 drops Lavender, 4 drops rosemary. It will smell as if you are walking in a forest!

Shake well and spray around the room, can use on fabric furniture and carpet but test a small patch for dye run before you apply liberally.


Bathroom & Laundry

These are the main rooms we use to keep ourselves clean and if it is not clean, it can make it difficult to really keep ourselves clean.  They are the most common rooms for mould growth and other common germs.  Rest assured that our tips and recipes will lighten the load.

Glass & Mirror Cleaner
Use All-purpose cleaner 1.  Use a damp washcloth  to clean then wipe using newspaper to dry.  A squeegee is a great option for a quick, streak free dry.

Simple Fabric Softener
Add 1tbs of vinegar or Epsom salts to rinse water.

To freshen up your dryer put a few drops of essential oil on a cloth and add to towels when drying.

To remove washing powder or liquid build up in your machine wash some towels using a hot wash once a month.

Sink & Bath Cleaner 
Using a small bowl or old butter container add
-1 cup of bicarb soda
-½ cup of dish liquid- add any essential oils to this before you mix
-½ cup of water.  Mix well and apply to sink, bath and shower floor. Use an abrasive cloth to scrub, if grime is heavy use a scrubbing brush. Rinse off when done.
Drain Cleaner
Keep your drains smelling fresh with this

Sprinkle down the drain a solution of
-¼ cup of bicarb soda
-¼ cup of salt
-¼ cup vinegar 
Wait 5-10 mins then follow with 4-5 cups of boiling water.
Clean all hair from drain, use an old coat hanger to get big clumps out.

Washing Liquid
Using an old liquid or milk container add
¼ cup fine grated natural or
aromatherapy soap for a nice smell
10-12 cups of hot-warm distilled water
4 tbsp of washing soda
1tbsp of salt
10-12 drops of essential oil- tea tree, eucalyptus or lavender.



Tiles & Lino
Fill a bucket with hot water
-Add ½ cup of vinegar and 1tbsp of dish liquid or
-2tbsp of dissolved soap flakes

Natural Carpet Deodoriser
-Ground ¼ cup of dry herbs into a fine powder- lavender, lemon balm or thyme, rosemary or mint.
-Add ½ cup of bicarb soda
-½ cup of cornflour
Place in a salt or pepper shaker and shake well.
Sprinkle this over your carpet and leave for 15-20 minutes then vacuum. When using a deodoriser on carpet be sure to clean your vacuum filter often as it can cause a blockage and make your vacuum over heat.
There you have it, safe and natural cleaning.  The all-purpose cleaners work on just about any cleaning need and are great to keep in the cupboard. 

You can get all these recipes and more in our free Green Cleaning eBook

Remember not to keep to this to yourself, share with friends and family so they too can clean in a more safer way.

Once all the chores are done you may have a glass of vodka with fresh squeezed orange juice, enjoy!

Thank You For Reading

1 comment:

  1. This is such good information where we are living and working environment. Thanks For sharing with us.
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