Everyday All Purpose Cleaner
1 cup vinegar
1 cup water
Fill a spray bottle with half water and half white vinegar. Spray on any surface (except wood) and wipe off. Leave for 5 mins on soap scum.
Gutsy All Purpose Cleaner
1 tsp Borax
½ cup Bicarbonate soda
Place borax and bicarb soda into a recycled glass jar. Mix in enough vinegar to make a paste. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil. Wipe mixture onto surfaces to be cleaned and wipe off with a soft cloth. You can make a milder version of this paste without the borax. If the paste dries out over time, simply add more vinegar.
Sprinkle a little bicarbonate soda over oven surface. Spray vinegar over bicarbonate soda (watch it sizzle!) then leave overnight. Wipe off with a cloth dampened with water. Wipe over one final time with vinegar on your cloth.
Use pure soap to wash dishes and add white vinegar to the rinse water for an extra shine.
1/3 cup grated pure soap
1/3 cup washing soda
Dissolve pure soap and washing soda in bucket of hot water. Mixture sets to a gel. Use 2-3 cups per wash.
The Gutsy All Purpose Cleaner makes a great stain remover and can be left overnight before washing. Or simply use a few drops of eucalyptus oil on its own.
Awesome Liquid Handwash
250ml boiling water
2 tsp glycerol or glycerine
2 tbsp grated pure soap
2 tsp rosewater
Add the grated soap to boiling water, stir and then let sit for about 10 minutes until it melts. Stir in glycerol and rosewater. When mixture is smooth, pour into dispenser bottle. Do this while it is still warm as it will set to a jelly when cold and be difficult to pour.
Mix equal parts vinegar and salt into a spray bottle. Spray onto mouldy surface, leave for a few minutes and then wipe off using a soft cloth.
Drain & Toilet Cleaner
1 cup bicarbonate soda
1 cup vinegar
Sprinkle bicarb soda into toilet bowl and pour vinegar on top. Watch it react. Leave it for 10 minutes then clean with a toilet brush and flush. To finish, put a few drops of tea tree oil on a cloth and wipe around the bowl and seat to provide some antibacterial protection.
1 part vinegar
4 parts water
Mix vinegar and water into a spray bottle. Spray onto windows and wipe off with newspaper, window squeegee or a soft cloth.
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Squeaky Clean Baby Steps
Do your best to learn about whatever you clean with in your home. Scrutinise the labels on your cleaning products and then go on a product diet. Phase out harmful commercial cleaning products and replace them with healthy alternatives.
A note on commercial cleaning products
There are many environmentally responsible cleaning products on the market. If purchasing commercial cleaning products, look out for these qualities:
- Phosphate free
- Low sodium content - less than 20 grams per wash
- Plant-based ingredients
- Synthetic fragrance free
- Petrochemical free
- Microfibre cloths