This post is not a sponsored or paid post in any way. These thoughts are my own and based on my own experiences.
We all want a clean, comfy home right? But does chemical-free aid or constrain that dream?
Well, cleaning products you find at the shops are full of bleach, chemicals, and artificial scents. This is just the way it is – I naively thought. But when did our homes begin to require hospital-grade cleaning? And since when was bleach the only way to get something clean? I really think the cleaning companies are laughing at how many products they’ve convinced us we need.
This year I’ve slowed down on buying my cleaning products from the shops and have started using all natural products that do the job just as well! It has all started with the Young Living Household cleaner – this bottle can be turned into almost any cleaning product! (If you’re unfamiliar with Essential Oils, read this post now!) Thus, it’s the base for my floor cleaner, bench-cleaner, bathroom cleaner, shower cleaner, window cleaner, toilet cleaner, dishwashing liquid… see how many products we are told we need! Surely this is not how cleaning worked even 50 years ago!?
Alongside this fantastic product, I also use 3 products you will most likely already have in your home! You may have read my January post Apple Cider Vinegar… My best DIY beauty secret, so it should be no surprise to you that this is the first on my list!
Apple Cider Vinegar
It’s not just a beauty product!
Mouldy bathroom? Clean with diluted Apple Cider Vinegar!
Smelly sink? Pour some Apple Cider Vinegar down the drain!
Puppy using the same spot on the floor to use as a personal bathroom?
Spray with Apple Cider Vinegar!
It’s not just for baking cakes, you know! It’s super versatile, and I use it all the time!
Is cleaning the shower your least favourite job? Mine too! That’s why I now mix a couple of tablespoons of bicarbonate soda with half a cup of either white vinegar or Thieves Household cleaner. Cleaning the shower will still suck. But it won’t be as hard, and I’ve found it stays cleaner for longer.
Wanting cleaner hair with less products?
Mix a teaspoon of bicarbonate soda into your shampoo before applying. It’s a dream come true! Combine it with your other hair-care secrets from this post!
As already mentioned, I use this for cleaning the shower with Bicarbonate soda.
I also use it as a fabric softener! No explanation required.
Finally, I mix it with boiling water and lemon juice and use it on my floors.
Excitingly, (yes, these things excite me…) I just made dishwashing liquid for the first time, combining bicarbonate soda, white vinegar, household cleaner, and salt. Am I excited? Yeah I am! It really is so easy to gradually dwindle down your supply of chemical-laden products.
What are the benefits, you ask? Well, my husband and I are normally very prone to catching colds, viruses, stomach bugs, you name it. We have both been sick-free all year since we begun this transition. While I can’t prove it’s because of this change, I sure think it’s helped!
Feeling excited? Wanting more? Check out Keren’s DIY Linen Spray!
So there you have it – more ways to reduce the war on waste, buy less products and chemicals, and use what you already have for a cleaner and chemical-free household.