Natural Cleaning Gem.

Cleaning…. no-one loves it..but we all have to do it, right?

What’s worse is that when we head to the supermarket we are faced with an armageddon of choices. Surprisingly, no current legislation exists that states ingredients have to be added to packets during manufacturing so we don’t really have any idea what we are exposing ourselves or our family to. As consumers we are then asked to make head or tails of cleaning products with little to no information provided…ahhhhhh.

For your reference, I will look at a few of the household chemicals commonly added to cleaning products used by cleaners in residential houses. Such as..disinfectants, bleach, floor cleaners and oven cleaners just to name a few..

I’m sure you have been around some cleaning products which make you cough, your eyes water or induce rashes on your skin. There is nothing good about these products in terms of being safe for your body. Some of the symptoms are clear eg. Respiratory issues which could lead to further issues like toxicity, skin and eye irritations. What about exposure to chemicals which could potentially be carcinogenic. Why risk it.

Let’s make life simpler and safer.

Why not make your own cleaning product that can clean floors, mirrors, bench tops and ovens. Yes, clean all these things effectively but without the harmful effects..

No more stinky sprays like some commercial options that require you to wear a mask just so you can actually breath. No more fake sprays that smell like ocean breeze or summer fresh. (What is summer fresh anyway?) Just a bunch of fake smells to cover up odours, not remove them, smells that are potentially endocrine disrupting.

The Enviromental Working Group (EWG) did a study which when a group of fragrances were tested it showed that they contained an average “14 secret chemicals not listed on the label”

Do you know that when you spray a product with an artificial fragrance into the air, what chemicals your are actually spraying?

Phalates are used to increase the longevity of fragrances. Phthalates have been linked to many health concerns also including reproductive issues and cancer. Check out the EWG which can give you more information on phthalates.

Instead of exposing our bodies and our loved ones bodies to theses nasty chemicals why not make your own natural cleaning product.

This recipe uses Borax. There are many different varities of Borax and they are difficult to differentiate but some have additional chemicals added to their synthetic product. I strongly suggest you use a pure natural Borax with no added nasties. I only use a pure natural Borax, which is free from fragrances and other additional chemicals. You can find it here

Here we go.

All you will need is:

1 Litre of filtered water

1/2 heaped tbls of natural Borax

Essential oils of choice (optional)

Method:

Put water into pot on the stove or in the thermomix jug

Add the Borax

Heat pan to a simmer for 5 minutes stirring occasionally, Thermomix 90 degrees , speed 3 for 5 mins

Allow to cool and pour into two 500ml glass spray bottles

Add maximum of 20 drops of essential oils (can use a combination of scents)

I have added a list of possible essential oils that you could add to your cleaning spray at the end of this blog.

To Use:

Just simply spray onto surface. Leave for approximately 30 seconds. Wipe off using a dry cloth.

This just shows my dirty, greasy range hood. I have sprayed half of it with the natural cleaning spray and left it for 30 seconds. This image shows the cleaner already working by lifting some of the grease off the surface.
Here I have just cleaned half of my range hood. Just an easy wipe of the cloth. No scrubbing required.

Essential oils beneficial for cleaning include:

Lemon – antiviral and antibacterial – cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces

Eucalyptus  – a natural germicide – purifies and cleanses

Oregano – a powerful cleansing and purifying agent

Orange – to cleanse and purify surfaces – great to remove grease

Tea Tree – fights germs and bacteria – helps to purify and freshen the air

Clove – a natural antiseptic

Lavender – is naturally antibacterial

Cinnamon – antibacterial and antiseptic 

Thyme – one of the most powerful oils against germs

Peppermint – antibacterial

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