Nifty Tip: Clean Your Dishwasher The Natural Way

I hate buying chemicals to clean especially I have items in my pantry that will work just as well.

I tend to remove and clean my dishwasher filters before I put it thru a wash cycle and then repeat at the end.

Then sprinkle a good amount of bi carbonate of soda in the bottom of your dishwasher. Place about 1 cup of vinegar in a dishwasher safe container/jug and place it on the top shelf of the dishwasher.

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Close the door and set it to run on the highest temperature cycle. Press start……it’s as easy as that!

Linda

Cleaning The Stove Top – The Easy Eco Way

Well, I looked at the top of the stove this morning and was a little shocked at the state of it so I had a “spare” 5 minutes and decided to sort it out.

All you need is some bi-carbonate of soda (I put mine in a chocolate shaker so I can sprinkle it onto to things), a little cooking salt and a spray bottle with a mix of 50/50 water and vinegar.

1. Sprinkle bi-carb over the surface of the stove top.

2. Spray with the vinegar and water spray to dampen and then wipe down with a damp cloth.

3. For stubborn burnt on areas, sprinkle them generously with the cooking salt and rub.

4. Wipe off excess salt  and bi-carb with a clean cloth and all done! Easy as that!

Linda

Mopping Floors Chemical Free

NIFTY TIP – we love vinegar for mopping the floor. It cuts through grease and has no lingering chemicals on the floor especially when littlies are crawling around on it.

Just add 1 cup of vinegar to a bucket of hot water – you can add a few drops of essential oil if you like (I use eucalyptus) but the vinegar smell will disipate in a couple of minutes.

Nifty Cleaners

Well, I don’t consider myself a “greenie” or overly environmentally conscious although I am now proud to say that all my cosmetics and body care products are organic /“natural” as are the kids. This has been a by product of my tendency towards returning to the “old fashioned” cleaning methods of my grandmother & mother.  After finishing maternity leave after my second child was born and for the first time being a true SAHM and a one income family I started trying to save money on the grocery bills by making and using home made cleaning products. I scoured the hardware stores and supermarkets to figure out where I could by things like Borax and Lectric (washing) soda, stocked the cupboard with vinegar and bi carbonate of soda and got cracking (much to the dismay of my husband!!). I can’t remember  the last time I purchased store bought washing powder, fabric softener or cleaning products and have saved a small fortune in doing so. The great thing is – it is SO easy to do and it is quite rewarding at the same time to save money and realise that it is also better my family. So I thought I would share a few of my core cleaning ingredients, what I use them for and where to get them.

Vinegar – well we all know where to get it! I by mine in bulk from Costco ($5 litres for about $5) Uses – rinse aid for dishes, fabric softener, glass and mirror cleaner, general purpose spay cleaner to name a few.

Bi carbonate of soda– again – you know where to get it. I tend to by McKenzies brand rather than home brand version as I think it is better. Also it does have a use by date so don’t buy too much as it will become inactive if not used before this. Uses – fabric softener, odour neutraliser, bleach/whitener, ingredient in home made laundry powder, stainless steel cleaner, mild abrasive cleaner……

Borax (sodium borate) – borax is a natural mineral compound and has numerous industrial purposes but can be used around the home. It is safe for use with septic systems. You can purchase it for about $7 from Bunnings, but I have also seen small containers at IGA & Coles but these are more expensive. Uses – natural laundry booster, multipurpose cleaner, fungicide, preservative, insecticide, herbicide, disinfectant……

Lectric Soda (washing soda) – or sodium carbonate is extracted from the ash of many plants and can be made synthetically from table salt. It is a white powder as compared to the Lectric soda crystals that are used for bath soaks etc. Most supermarkets stock this in the laundry aisle. It is also septic system safe. Uses – clothing stain removal, ingredient in home made laundry powder, general purpose cleaner, insecticide…… There are a number of other day to day household ingredients that I use but I hope this might inspire you to look for and try some of these.Uses – clothing stain removal, ingredient in home made laundry powder, general purpose cleaner, insecticide……

There are a number of other day to day household ingredients that I use but I hope this might inspire you to look for and try some of these.

Linda