How to easily make your own eco-friendly cleaning products

These green alternatives to chemical products will leave you with a clean home (and conscience)

22 October 2017 - 00:00 By ROBERTA THATCHER
Indoor plants keep your air free of toxins.
Indoor plants keep your air free of toxins.
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When it comes to cleaning, we've been led to believe we need harsh chemicals to get the job done.

However, people have been using natural ingredients for eons and if you're willing to get creative, there are many toxin-free solutions that can do the trick just as effectively.

Follow the advice below:

1. SWEET SCENTS

Forget commercial air freshener and create your own spray with natural ingredients. All you'll need is a 500ml spray bottle, water and an assortment of fine-smelling goods.

We recommend lime, lemongrass and ginger for a refreshing pick-me-upper. Or rosemary, mint, eucalyptus, lemon and oregano for a calming option.

You can play around with herbs and essential oils to make a personalised scent that you love.

If you add a shot of vodka, the sprays will last up to a year, and, being chemical-free, you can spray them as often as you like.

2. POW(D)ER TOOL

Any eco-warrior will know that bicarbonate of soda is a home's best friend. It has been used for centuries and can tackle almost any cleaning situation.

For more stubborn cleaning tasks, such as oven trays, make a paste with water, spread it on and leave for a few minutes before wiping away. You can add your favourite essential oil to the paste for a more fragrant solution.

Alternatively, sprinkle bicarb on anything from couches to carpets to extract dirt and odours.

3. MOTHS BE GONE

Say goodbye to the persistent smell of moth balls with this natural solution: Cut the foot off an old stocking or use a sock and fill it with dried citrus peel, cinnamon sticks and lavender. Tie the end and place in your linen cupboard or clothing drawers. Remember to squeeze once a month to release the oils. The bag should last about six months.

You can also check out your local stores for cedar blocks to keep moths at bay the natural way.

4. CRYSTAL CLEAN AIR

Not only are indoor plants easy on the eye, but they keep your air free of toxins too. Great air-cleaners that are easy to find and easy to keep alive include spider plants, ficus, peace lilies, snake plants and all types of ferns.

5. LAUNDRY LOVING

For baby-soft laundry that won't wear down quickly in the wash, try these natural solutions to fabric softener. Either replace entirely with a few tablespoons of white vinegar - we promise it won't leave an odour.

Alternatively, mix two parts Epsom salts and one part baking soda. Finish off with a few drops of your favourite essential oil.


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