Chemical-free products you need in your life

Do you worry about the fact chemicals are everywhere; in our food, in our home, on our skin?

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The full extend of the impact that chemicals can have on our health is relatively unknown and while I’m not about to demonise them or challenge science, I will admit that the uncertainty concerns me.

What we are surrounded by day-to-day is just as important as what we put in and on our bodies. So if you’ve switched to eating organic and buy botanical beauty remedies, why not take it one step further by going completely au naturel with your household cleaning items?

For a completely chemical-free life, ditch the store bought cleaning products and replace them with these DIY chemical-free alternatives.

How to make your own chemical-free cleaning products

  1. All-purpose cleaner

You will need:

  • Spray bottle
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
  • Essential oils (optional)

What to do:

  1. Combine the white vinegar and bicarbonate soda in a spray bottle
  2. Give it a shake and let it sit for a minute
  3. Fill the bottle with warm water and shake again
  4. Allow to settle before adding a few drops of essential oil if desired (tea tree or eucalyptus are a good choice)

Tip: For tougher stains, add more vinegar to the mix

DIY, chemical-free cleaning2. Heavy-duty Toilet Cleaner

You will need:

  • ½ cup bicarbonate soda
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • Essential oils

What to do:

  1. Pour the bicarbonate soda along with approx. 10 drops of essential oil in to the toilet bowl
  2. Add the vinegar and scrub the bowl as the mixture fizzes
  3. Flush away when finished

3. Air freshener

You will need:

  • A jar you can poke holes into the top of
  • Bicarbonate soda
  • Essential oil

What to do:

  1. Fill the jar 1/4 full with bicarbonate soda and add 5 – 10 drops of an essential oil of your choice
  2. Poke holes into the lid of your jar. Alternatively, use a Ball mason jar, remove the inner lid and replace it with thick paper cut to the same size. Use a pin or needle to poke holes into the paper before inserting it into the metal ring and screwing the lid back on.
  3. Give it a little shake and voila!

Tip: For all products, play around with the oils to find a scent you like. You can also use the peel of lemons and oranges instead of essential oils to create a zesty aroma.

Some extra tips for chemical-free cleaning…

  1. Cutting boards – Use ½ a lemon to clean your chopping boards. Simply rub along the board, leave for 10 minutes and wipe away. Add salt for tougher stains.
  2. Microwave – pour some white vinegar in a cup, mix in some lemon juice and put it in the microwave for two minutes. Leave the door closed for a few minutes longer then wipe down the walls!
  3. Pans – to clean burnt and dirty pans, add water to the pan so the bottom is covered along with a cup of white vinegar. Bring to the boil and it should start to clean immediately. Take off the heat and add two tablespoons bicarbonate of soda – it will fizz. Empty the pan and attack with a scourer as normal. If necessary add a little extra dry bicarbonate of soda.
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Georgia Pretty
Growing up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney with a love of the outdoors, Georgia has always led an active lifestyle. She has a passion for health, fitness and fashion, and loves to travel and try new things. She graduated from the University of NSW with a Bachelor of Media (PR and Advertising) and initially pursued the public relations field but was always drawn to journalism due to her love of reading and writing. For Georgia, life is about balance. She leads an active and fulfilled lifestyle and nourishes her mind and body but won't shy away from a taco and wine!