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With the growing number of chemical sensitivities in our children becoming more and more evident, it is understandable that many parents are turning to natural home cleaning methods. But where do you start?
Vinegar isn't just an accompaniment for fish and chips, it is also great for degreasing your stove top or clearing your shower screen of soap scum.
Despite its pungent smell, white vinegar is a great odour neutraliser. For smelly drains you can pour one to one and a half cups of white vinegar into the drain, leave to sit for a few hours before returning and running water through the drain.
Found yourself trying to do fifty thousand jobs at once and managed to forget the load of washing sitting in the machine? Turn your machine back on with two tablespoons of vinegar to remove that stomach churning mildew smell.
Baking soda, found in the baking section of your local supermarket is a fantastic deodoriser.
Sprinkle on your carpets and leave before vacuuming, leave a partially opened box in your walk in robe near the shoe shelf or place in the fridge to absorb any nasty odours.
To help remove stubborn stains on surfaces make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, simply cover the area with the paste, allow to sit and then apply a little elbow grease to scrub and wipe clean.
How many times have you cursed the lemon tree out the back because its abundance of fruit has dropped and now sitting on the ground rotting? Never again will you have this problem! Collect the fruit and use it as your very own organic cleaner.
Lemons are another great shower screen cleaner. Juice as many as needed or as many as the skin on your hands allow, tip into a spray bottle, spray generously onto the shower screen and wipe clean.
Mother Nature knew what she was doing when she provided the ingredients for Eucalyptus oil.
Sticky or oily surfaces can be dealt with in minutes with just a few drops.
Find yourself over run with creepy crawlies? A few drops of eucalyptus oil on a piece of cotton wool and your little friends will be running in the other direction.
Ran out of air freshener? Mix 8-10 drops of the oil into a spray bottle with a cup of water and you have your own air spritzer. Please note that this is not advised for pregnant women.
The next time you’re setting your table take a closer look at your salt shaker. Household salt is a natural abrasive and provided you scrub gently you can use to clean your kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
Your very helpful child was helping you in the kitchen and took the eggs from the fridge only to drop them on the floor? Forget the sponge that will only spread the mess further, sprinkle salt across the broken egg, wait 5-10 minutes and then pick it all up with the paper towel. The salt will solidify the egg making clean up a quick job.
Safe cleaning alternatives can be found for almost every purpose in your home. Your family and environment will thank you.