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January 13, 2016 Ere Perez

Household cleaning without chemicals

Household cleaning without chemicals

Yes, people did actually have clean and germ-free homes before the invention of bleach! You can cause so much more damage to yourself and your family by using highly toxic, chemical cleaning products around your home under the guise of creating a germ-free environment.

 

So, time to go back to old school, non-toxic cleaning. Here are 3 of the best.

 

Anti-bacterial – Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil is a truly versatile product for all home cleaning and anti-bac use… You can get bottles of it from the supermarket and although it’s not cheap, it lasts ages.

 

It can be mixed with water in a spritzer bottle to clean most surfaces, is great on floors, as an air-freshener, toilet cleaner, degreaser, anti-bacterial cleaner and pest deterrent… I also put a few drops in the laundry (it can kill dust mites) and to soak smelly cloths.

 

◦ Floor Cleaner – 20 drops of eucalyptus oil to a bucket of hot water (you can add white vinegar for extra shine).
◦ Wipe neat oil (using cotton wool ball) around areas prone to cockroaches and ants (like inside cupboards and behind bins) and leave the cotton wool ball inside.
◦ Use it neat on sticker residue to totally remove it from glass
◦ Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a cup of hot water and wipe over areas prone to mould.

 

    De-greaser - Orange oil

    There are many eco friendly cleaning products based on orange oil, an essential oil produced by cells within the rind of the orange. This oil is used for many things including pest control and can kill a whole colony of ants let alone just the one! Many farmers use it on crops to kill aphids. It combats grease like a dream and smells lovely around the home. Perfect for kitchens and bathrooms.

     

    RECIPE for orange oil cleaner:

     

    1. Place approx. 500g of orange peel (including pith) inside a 4-5 litre bucket.
    2. Pour enough distilled white vinegar over the orange peel until the peel is just submerged.
    3. Cover and put the container in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight and over 2 weeks stir every couple of days with a wooden spoon.
    4. After 2 weeks, strain the liquid and pour into a container for storage. To use, dilute 30ml to a litre of water in a spritzer bottle. Shake well before use.

     

      Perfect Shine – Vinegar & Rosemary

      Your nana probably used vinegar for her windows with some newspaper. It really is the best for cleaning glass, bathroom and kitchen tiles, floors, varnished wood and grubby paintwork. It’s also often used with laundry. You can also boil your kettles with vinegar to remove lime scale and drop furred up shower and tap heads into vinegar and neat lemon juice for scale removal.

       

      However, vinegar can sometimes smell a bit like a fish ‘n’ chip shop, so one way of neutralising the vinegary odour is to boil your vinegar with a couple of sprigs of new growth spring rosemary. Clip a couple of sprigs straight from the bush and pop them in a covered pan with the vinegar. Bring to boil, then let cool and steep overnight. Decant into a spritzer bottle and use with cotton cloth. You can use neat or diluted with water.

       

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      Limpieza sin Tóxicos: Una Alternativa de Bienestar

      Las personas limpiaban y desinfectaban sus casas mucho antes de que se inventara el blanqueador, de hecho, puedes causar más daño a tu familia y a ti usando limpiadores químicos altamente tóxicos con el pretexto de crear un ambiente libre de gérmenes.

       

      Así que es tiempo de regresar a las antiguas costumbres de usar limpiadores libres de tóxicos. Aquí te diremos cuáles son los 3 mejores:

       

      Antibacterial - Aceite Esencial de Eucalipto

      El aceite esencial de Eucalipto es un producto muy versátil para todo tipo de limpieza en el hogar y tiene múltiples usos antibacteriales, aunque no es barato dura muchísimo.

       

      Lo puedes mezclar con agua en un bote con atomizador para limpiar cualquier superficie, es bueno como limpiador de pisos, sanitarios, desengrasante, antibacterial y antiplagas. También puedes poner unas cuantas gotas en la lavadora (mata los ácaros) y remojar la ropa que tiene mal olor.

       

      1. Limpiador de pisos- agrega 20 gotas del aceite a una cubeta de agua caliente (puedes agregar vinagre para obtener brillo extra).
      2. Limpia con aceite puro sin diluir (con una bolita de algodón) las áreas propensas a cucarachas y hormigas (como en las alacenas y detrás de los estantes) y deja el algodón adentro.
      3 Úsalo puro para remover los residuos de pegamento sobre el vidrio.
      4. Agrega unas cuantas gotas a una taza de agua caliente para limpiar áreas propensas al moho.

       

        Desengrasante - Aceite de Naranja

        Existen muchos productos de limpieza amigables con el medio ambiente a base de aceite de naranja. Las células que están dentro de la cáscara de la naranja producen este aceite esencial, el cual se utiliza para muchas cosas, incluyendo el control de plagas ¡y puede matar a toda una colonia de hormigas! Muchos granjeros lo utilizan en sus cosechas para combatir plagas. Es excelente para remover la grasa y deja un aroma muy agradable en el hogar. Perfecto para cocinas y baños.

         

        Receta para preparar limpiador de Aceite de Naranja:

         

        1. Coloca en una cubeta de 4 o 5 litros, 500 g de cáscara de naranja.
        2. Cubre las cáscaras de naranja con vinagre blanco destilado.
        3. Tapa el recipiente y déjalo reposar dos semanas en un lugar fresco y seco alejado de la luz solar. Revuelve la mezcla cada dos días con una cuchara de madera.
        4. Después de dos semanas, cuela el líquido y viértelo en un recipiente para almacenarlo. Para utilizarlo vierte 30 ml en un litro de agua y colócalo en un bote con atomizador. Agítalo antes de cada uso.

         

          Brillo Perfecto – Vinagre y Romero

          Tu nana probablemente usaba vinagre para limpiar las ventanas con periódico. En realidad, es lo mejor para limpiar vidrio, azulejos de baños y cocina, pisos, madera barnizada y manchas de pintura. También se utiliza con frecuencia en la lavandería. Puedes hervir tus teteras con vinagre para eliminar el sarro, también puedes limpiar la regadera y llaves de agua con vinagre y unas cuantas gotas de jugo de limón para destaparlas del sarro acumulado.

           

          El vinagre suele tener un olor desagradable como al de una pescadería, así que una manera de neutralizar el olor es hervir el vinagre con unas ramitas recién cortadas de romero, ponlas a hervir con el vinagre en un recipiente con tapa. Espera a que hierva y déjalo enfriar y reposar una noche. Vierte el contenido en un bote con atomizador y úsalo para limpiar con un trapo de algodón. Lo puedes usar concentrado o diluirlo en agua.

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