Natural Cleaning Products For Your Home
Author: Leanne Date Posted:21 August 2017
In our everyday lives, we are constantly exposed to environmental chemicals. We can minimise our exposure to things like pollution and electro-magnetic radiation by making choices about where we live and the places we go to. In our homes, we can begin to eliminate our exposure by using natural cleaning products. Using simple household items, our homes can be clean and chemical free.
There is a plethora of products on the market now, some better than others. So it’s important to be informed about what ingredients need to be avoided. Many brands do not label their product ingredients – they are available on their company website only. It is worth remembering that there are 40,000 chemicals permitted for use in consumer products. Many are considered safe only because they’ve been used for a long time without known adverse effects. They haven’t actually been tested. Astonishing isn’t it! Some of the ingredients in commercially available cleaning products are Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals (EDC’s). These can be found by checking the website for the Australian Therapeutic Goods Act at www.tga.gov.au
Here are some easy and effective recipes you can try at home:
All-purpose cleaner :
Add the following to a spray bottle:
- 1 teaspoon bicarb of soda
- ½ teaspoon grated olive oil soap
- Two tablespoons of white vinegar
Shake and wait 2 minutes. Then fill the bottle with warm water and shake again. Add 2-3 drops of pure essential oil if desired (Orange, Lemon, Bergamot for example).
Sprinkle toilet bowl liberally with bicarb of soda then pour one cup of white vinegar around the bowl, close lid, wait ten minutes and flush. You will be amazed with how well it can clean your toilet!
In a jar combine:
- One cup bicarb of soda
- ½ cup white vinegar
- One teaspoon citrus peel or 3 drops of essential oil
- One cup coarse salt
Add tea tree oil or clove bud oil to warm water in a spray bottle
At Sunnybrook Health Store we are proud to stock some of the best natural cleaning products available in Australia - namely Abode and Envirocare. Both are Australian companies making products free from toxic chemicals that are effective and reasonably priced. Bulk sizes are also available to further reduce costs.
Making sure that the products we use everyday in our homes are safe, helps protect the health of our family and our environment. One of the simplest cleaning items available are Soap Nuts or berries. They can be put directly into the washing machine in a small bag, when washing clothes. The oil in the Soap nut is a natural emulsifier, which breaks down grease and dirt without any harsh detergent. They are also 100% Natural.
At Sunnybrook, we have a huge range of effective and safe cleaning products that you can find online here. If you need some more assitance, the friendly staff instore can help. Many of them have used the products themselves, and have some favourites they can share. Pop in and say hi - we look forward to meeting you!