It’s no secret that sometimes it’s the simple things in life that work best. When it comes to cleaning your home, simplicity is most definitely king!

Nowadays as consumers we are a lot savvier and more conscious of what we eat, put on our skin, and expose our families to. We have a plethora of information readily available to us at our fingertips, so it makes sense that we’re constantly looking for safer and more effective ways to clean (and bonus points if it can save us some dollars too!).

You’re probably wondering why you should choose to make the switch to eco cleaning products, right? It’s a valid question, especially since most Australians just grab their cleaning supplies at their local supermarket and don’t think twice.

Here are three reasons why you should make the switch to eco cleaning:

1. Eco cleaning is safer for the environment.

Conventional cleaning products that wash down our drains contain harsh chemicals that treatment plants find difficult to remove. These harsh chemicals are then released into waterways, polluting the soil, drinking water, and oceans, and damaging eco systems.

2. Eco cleaning products are safer for you and your family.

The warning labels and poison hotlines on conventional cleaning products are there for a reason! These products are highly toxic to our skin, eyes, and nervous system. Even with rubber gloves and other protective equipment, ammonia, caustics, phosphates, bleach, chlorine, and other common cleaning ingredients can cause serious damage after one bad accident or long-term use.

3. Eco cleaning products are just as effective as conventional products.

We have been conditioned into believing that for a cleaning product to work, it needs to be packed full of harsh chemicals. Natural cleaning products work just as well plus they don’t leave behind toxic residues and are kinder to the environment. Switching to eco cleaning is a no-brainer!

Now we’ve convinced you to make the switch, here are the ingredients you’ll need. Don’t be surprised if you already have most since they are quite common household items:

  • White vinegar
  • Bicarb soda
  • Castile soap (we love Dr Bronner’s – it’s an eco-cleaning hero!)
  • Lemon
  • Distilled water
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Lemon or orange oil

Here are some simple, eco-friendly, and economic DIY cleaning recipes to leave your house sparkling and smelling divine.

1. Multipurpose Surface Spray

Use this multipurpose spray to wipe down kitchen benches, cupboards, dining tables, highchairs, coffee tables and more. Mix a little Castile soap with distilled warm water and your favourite essential oil. Store in a reusable spray bottle.

2. Floor Cleaner

Two options for you here.

With castile soap: Mix about ¼ cup of castile soap into your bucket of hot water plus a few drops of your favourite essential oil.

With vinegar: Mix a cup of white vinegar into your bucket of hot water plus a few drops of your favourite essential oil.

Try both to see which one you like best! You may need to use specialty floor cleaners for waxed wood and marble floors.

3. Bathroom Cleaner

Mix up castile soap with a few drops of an essential oil with antibacterial properties (like eucalyptus or tea tree) for a concentrated cream-like cleanser.

4. Tough Grime Cleaner

For the tough grimy spots in the bathroom, try scrubbing the area with castile soap mixed with baking soda.

5. Toilet Cleaner

Use ½ a cup of bicarb soda mixed with a generous 10 drops of tea tree oil and sprinkle into the toilet bowl. Add ¼ cup of white vinegar and use a toilet brush to scrub while the mixture fizzes.

TIP: For a pleasant-smelling bathroom, place a few drops of your favourite essential oil inside your roll of toilet paper. The scent of the essential oil will linger and spread each time the roll is used.

6. Fabric Softener

To leave your laundry smelling fresh and squeaky clean, without the use of irritating synthetic perfumes, add 5 drops of your favourite essential oil to ⅓ cup of white vinegar and add to the fabric softener compartment of your washing machine.

7. Kettle Descaler

No need to buy descaling products at the supermarket. Simply cut a lemon in half and squeeze its juices into the kettle before cutting the lemon in smaller pieces and placing inside the kettle. Add water, boil the kettle, and you’re done! Scrub stubborn areas with a soft sponge if needed.

8. Glass and Mirror Cleaner

Mix 1 part white vinegar with 4 parts distilled water and a few drops of lemon or orange essential oil. Store in a reusable spray bottle and use a soft cloth to give your windows and mirrors a streak free shine.

As you can see, a common theme for many of these DIY eco cleaning solutions is water + vinegar + bicarb soda + essential oil of choice. These ingredients are non-toxic and safe for the whole family; however, it should be noted that you should not mix these ingredients with any harsh chemicals like bleach. It is also not recommended to mix castile soap with citrus, as citrus is acidic and castile soap is a base.

Do you have any DIY cleaning concoctions you’d like to share? We’d love to know about them – tell us in the comments below.

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