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08 September 2018

Spring has finally sprung! We are lucky here in Queensland as our winters aren’t really true winters... you know, with the minus degree weather with heaters on all day and all night and the house locked up for three months solid.

Although we don’t follow the traditional reasons for spring cleaning like our friends in the northern hemisphere, it feels good to go through the home and get into the nooks and crannys we have neglected over the cooler months.

There is nothing better than opening the windows and letting the fresh air in throughout the house. It’s time to get the windows sparkling so the sun can shine through, time to put away all the blankets and heavy bedding and wipe away any signs of winter stuffiness.

A lot of people these days want to use cleaners with natural ingredients however, buying natural cleaners form the supermarkets still contain chemicals with can cause headaches, sneezing, dizziness and can irritate sensitive people or allergy and asthma sufferers. Some people like their house to smell nice and can go overboard with cleaning products, likely causing more damage to the body.

Making your own cleaners is easier than you think. I have been making my own cleaners since my children were babies and it was because of them I stepped away form store-bought cleaners. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made for my family.

Some of the benefits to making your own cleaning ingredients are, you know they are safe, the air quality in your home will be better and lastly, you can control what goes into your own cleaning products.

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First thing is first. Get your pantry items together. Here are some of the regular ingredients I use as the base of all my cleaning products.

Baking soda

This pantry staple cuts though grease and grime, deodorizes, cleans and brightens. You can buy a pack from your local supermarket for less than $2.

Vinegar

This is a favourite of mine because I use it for my cleaning products as well as using it in place of fabric softener in the washing machine. Vinegar eliminates soap scum, grease and grime, thanks to its acidity levels. You can buy the regular vinegar from any supermarkets for about $2.

Dishwashing liquid

You can buy this at any supermarket. I use the Earth brand. Dishwashing liquid cuts through grease and dirt, which is why it’s great to use in your cleaners.

Essential oils

All of my homemade cleaning products contain essential oils. You can use your favourite brand, just make sure you research the potency. I have been using Doterra for years and find these oils work great for my family. Essential oils disinfect and are antibacterial and as an added bonus leave your home smelling amazing.

My favourite oils for cleaning are lemon, wild orange, peppermint, tea tree and eucalyptus.

The base ingredients for all my cleaners are:

  • 50/50 vinegar and warm distilled water
  • Buy a spray bottle (glass is preferred but since the ingredients are diluted, a hard plastic bottle will be fine, you can buy these at any supermarket or Bunnings)

This 50/50 solution is great for windows, mirrors and shower screens.

Kitchen and hard surfaces – add in: 

  • 1 teaspoon bi carb soda
  • 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid
  • 7 drops lemon oil
  • 7 drops wild orange

If there is a cold or flu or a tummy bug going around I will add 7 drops of eucalyptus oil in.

Bathroom – add in: 

  • 1 teaspoon bi carb soda
  • 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid
  • 2 drops clove oil
  • 4 drops lemon oil
  • 3 drops tea tree oil

Kitchen pantry, linen cupboard, bedroom wardrobes and window sills - add in: 

  • 8 drops eucalyptus oil
  • 10 drops peppermint oil

Laundry – add in:

  • Half a cup of vinegar to the fabric softener section
  • 5 drops of wild orange oil

For towels and bed sheets you can add in lemon oil instead.

Floor cleaner – add in:

  • 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid
  • 5 – 10 drops of essential oils of your choice

Sink cleaner:

  • Shake enough bicarb soda to cover the sink
  • Spray with the 50/50 vinegar and warm distilled water
  • Leave mixture for 10 minutes
  • Scrub to loosen grease and grime
  • Boil a jug of water and pour over the mixture

This will clean the sink and clean the drain as well.

Once you start making your own cleaners, you can start to play around with the amounts and types of essential oils that you use. One thing to remember is to shake your spray bottle before every use. Happy cleaning!

Written by

Amardy Baucke / Deputy Editor

Amardy is a Family and Children's Mindset Coach, and Deputy Editor for Kids on the Coast/Kids in the City. Her goal is to inspire people to live a healthy wholesome lifestyle.

Living on the sunny Gold Coast Amardy is a dedicated wife and mother of three beautiful children. amardy.com

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