DIY The clean and healthy kitchen

We all know the chemical cocktail that goes into our cleaning products around the home.   The vast majority of us don’t even know what we are exposing ourselves to.  From asthma to skin allergies and health troubles, a great many of these products are slowly killing us!  It seems quite ironic when cleanliness is meant to be good for our health.

Here are a few simple old fashioned recipes to make your very own -healthier- kitchen cleaners.

ALL PURPOSE CLEANER – for floors, walls, bench tops and sinks

  • 1/2 cup of washing soda
  • 2 litres of warm water

Mix together and store sealed.  You can add a few drops of lavender oil or eucalyptus oil to your mix if you are after that CLEAN smell.

STAINLESS STEEL CLEANER – good on a buffed steel finish

  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 bucket warm water

Mix. Using a rag, apply to surface and then wipe dry. To a clean cloth, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil and wipe off streaks.

ALL PURPOSE SCRUB

  • 1/2 cup baking soda

Add enough dishwashing liquid to form a paste.  Using a sponge, scrub.  Great for shower and bath.  Make as you need.

WINDOW CLEANER

1/2 cup vinegar

juice of 1 lemon

1 1/2 cup hot water

Mix and add to a spray bottle. Rub into windows with newspaper.  In summer, also add lavender, lemongrass or citronella oil to deter flies.

For a nice smelling vapouring mix to rid the kitchen of left-over smells…

  • 2 pods vanilla
  • 2-3 sticks cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cloves

Crush all ingredients in a mortar and pestle or if you are lazy like me, a food processor.  Tip into a heavy bottomed frypan and slowly heat until spices start to smoke.  Your smells will be gone and the kitchen will smell gorgeous!

And one tip, don’t use lemon juice or vinegar on your beautiful stone topped benches.  Always test the cleaners in an inconspicuous place before using…
As for dishwashing liquid, I don’t believe you can make a quality one.  I use Ecostore Dishwashing Liquid.  A NZ company dedicated to changing the products we use in our homes.  It is much safer on the environment and does a fabulous job with your dishes!!  You can find it at Woolies here in Australia.

In my next post we will look at healthier homemade laundry powder and liquid.
xx

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