DIY natural cleaning recipes to try this weekend!

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Natural, homemade, non-toxic cleaners are an economical alternative to nasty chemical-based products, offering with many benefits for you, your family and the environment.

They are better for your health

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Using natural products means you are not to inhaling toxic chemical fumes or get dry and irritated skin when cleaning.

They are cheaper

All ingredients are inexpensive to purchase and you will often already have them in your cupboard.

They offer peace of mind

Knowing that you’re not using chemicals means you don’t need to worry about children or pets getting to them.

They are better for the environment

By using natural products, you are not washing chemicals down the drain into the ocean.

They can be customised

A great thing about natural cleansers is that you can choose your own scents. By adding essential oils to the mix you can elevate your house cleansers from purely functional to the realm of aromatherapy.

Want to give natural cleaning products a go? Try these simple and cost effective recipes!

Natural All Purpose Cleaner recipe

Natural All Purpose Cleaner

1 litre hot water
¼ cup white vinegar
2 tablespoon baking soda
1 spray bottle
Lemongrass essential oil (optional)

Pour all items into spray bottle. Shake to combine, spray on surface and rub with a polishing or microfibre cloth. The lemongrass scent is uplifting and refreshing. Remember to always do a patch test on any surface before using.

Natural Stainless Steel Cleaner

Natural Stainless Steel Cleaner

½ teaspoon of olive oil
½ teaspoon of white vinegar
1 cleaning cloth

Perfect for stainless steel benches and appliances, this will remove smudges. Dab oil onto one corner of the cleaning cloth, then rub down surface until smudges are gone. Then dab vinegar on other corner of cleaning cloth and wipe over surface until clean. Don’t worry about wearing gloves, the olive oil is good for your nails and skin.

Natural air freshner

Natural Air Freshener

1 mason jar, pierce metal lid with a cork screw
Paint, to paint lid in desired colour (optional)
Half a cup of bicarb soda, place in jar
Lavender essential oil, 3-5 drops of oil on top of bicarb soda in jar
Decorative twine to wrap around jar (optional)

Lavender is my fragrance of choice but any desired scent can be used. Lavender as a scent is a powerful remedy, helping many problems such insomnia, stress and nervous tension.

Natural Furniture cleaner

Natural Furniture Polisher

Warm water
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 spray bottle
Microfibre cloth
Pour all items into spray bottle. Shake to combine. Spray on surface and rub with a microfibre cloth. Always do a test patch prior to using.

Lemon is very acidic, so for natural stone or stained timber, be sure to remove lemon from recipe.

Natural Mould remover

Natural Mould Remover

2 teaspoons tea tree oil
2 cups water
1 spray bottle

Combine in a spray bottle and shake to blend.  Spray on problem areas. The aroma from the oil will also aid in the treatment of colds. Mould is dangerous for your health so it’s good to address the situation as soon as possible.

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Mia Lake
Mia Lake is the Interior Design Director at Vic Lake Architect (VLA). VLA is a family business specialising in high end residential homes and boutique multi residential developments. The collaboration between sophisticated architecture and considered interiors, VLA approaches their projects holistically and cohesively. Mia’s design journey began at Sydney’s The Whitehouse Institute of Design. She was awarded a yearlong scholarship to further her studies internationally at Accademia Italiana. That year in Florence, Italy was a major influence on her career and design style. Prior to VLA, Mia’s has been fortunate to work at two leading Sydney interior design practices, Arent&Pyke and Briony Fitzgerald Design, specialising in high end residential interior design and custom made furnture. A strong construction knowledge, understanding and love of craftsmanship, and sensitivity to the client’s practical needs are the key ingredients to a Mia’s successful design. Mia loves using luxurious natural materials, colour and layering textures. She believes injecting personality into spaces and surrounding yourself with objects that tell stories of your live, makes you happy and inspires. A well designed space can truly improve the way you live.