Do it yourself cleaning products
Store-bought cleaners can contain a heap of chemical nasties that may not be very good for us, or for our environment.
Many household cleaners are easy to make yourself, which means you’ll know exactly what is in them. This can also work out a lot cheaper, especially if you buy the ingredients in bulk online or from a bulk store such as Bin Inn.
Mix 3 tablespoons of liquid soap and 25 drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle; fill with water. Use on benchtops, floors, toilet seats anywhere you might need a bit of anti-bacterial magic.
1 and cups baking soda (reasonably priced in bulk from Bin Inn)
cup liquid soap
2 tablespoons water 2 tablespoons white vinegar Method: Mix the baking soda and liquid soap in a bowl. Add the water and mix until smooth. Stir in the vinegar last – the mixture will foam up a little. Pour or scoop into a jar with a spatula.
How to use it: Scoop the mixture out of the jar with a damp cloth and start using. It can be left on surfaces for a while if your soap scum is being particularly stubborn. This is also a great oven cleaner.
FIZZY TOILET BOMBS
1 and cups baking soda
cup citric acid
30 drops each lavender, peppermint and lemon essential oils
Method: Mix the baking soda and citric acid in a bowl.
Put the oils in a small spray bottle and spray onto the dry ingredients little by little while mixing.
If the mixture is too dry – it should just hold together when pressed - add a little water to the bottle as well.
Put the mixture in silicone trays and allow to dry for six hours. Store in a lidded container, and throw one in the loo occasionally.
HOMEMADE LAUNDRY SOAK
2 cups baking soda
1 cup sodium percarbonate (available in bulk from TradeMe or other online outlets).
This oxygen bleach is the active ingredient in Napisan. It is biodegradable and leaves no harmful residues.
Method: Using the 2:1 ratio, mix as much as you have ingredients for. How to use it: Add a scoop (about 3 tablespoons) per standard bucket of warm or hot water for soaking. The solution stays active for about five hours.
Soda water does a great job – use from a spray bottle and let the fizz do the hard work. Alternatively, use a solution of half white vinegar, half water. Dry with a cloth or squeegee, and then buff with a scrunched-up piece of newspaper.