A few weeks ago I posted on IG that I was making our washing liquid, cleaning paste and ant killer and I had some requests to share the chemical-free cleaning we do.
As a sufferer of Auto Immune conditions my sensitivities to chemicals has been more and more pronounced in recent years. Not that many years ago I could wear perfume and now if I sit next to someone wearing it smells, to me, like they are wearing the entire bottle.
The same goes for cleaning products. I used them for just a few days when we moved and had strong skin and asthma reactions.
In order to limit my reactions and our kids exposure to chemicals we have implemented some changes in our home. We are not experts and I don't profess to be completely chemical free! We are more like a work in progress.
About three years ago we started making our own washing powder and then I read this book!!
Fabulous book!! A great read and great recipes. Get it! You won't be disappointed.
We then started making the laundry liquid... the recipe for which you can find here.
We use Dr Bronner's soap (which is a castille soap & I bought it at Bin Inn, you can find it in Organic shops too). Sometimes we add some grated Sard soap if things aren't coming out as white as we like.
We use a big stock pot to make the laundry liquid and make a double batch which probably last us (a family of 5) about 6 weeks. Even hubby makes it now!
and here it is cooling down in the buckets (on the dirty lino!)
We also use the cleaning paste recipe from the same book.
This cleaning paste ROCKS!!!
Seriously, you will never want to stop cleaning, its brilliant.
The ingredients are fairly easy to find
The recipe doesn't include Tea Tree but we add it for its antibacterial properties.
I HATE ants. Fortunately the ants in NZ are smaller, less smelly (seriously) and don't bite (unlike those pesky green ants in Aussie!)
We have been using a small borax/icing sugar mix for ant bait for quite a while now. Since I put her on to it, Mum uses it too and swears by it.
Now, bearing in mind I have school age children, who don't eat from jar lids lying around the place... I would be mindful of keeping those out of reach of inquisitive little ones.
I just grab a jar lid, about a tablespoon of borax and the same of icing sugar and mix it around a bit. The ants go nuts for it and then suddenly... they are GONE! yippee!!
Replace it when you see them coming back again.
CLEANING THE LOO
I am yet to find a toilet cleaner that will disguise the 'boy factor'. I've tried baking soda, white vinegar etc.. but it just doesn't cut it.
We use a lot of white vinegar and baking soda around the house for cleaning drains, mopping floors etc.
SHAMPOO AND SKIN PRODUCTS
We try to limit the hair and skin products we use too. After all, skin is the largest organ on your body. I read somewhere recently it takes less than 30 seconds for your skin to absorb chemicals! yikes!
We have tried the 'no poo' method with the girls hair (our son does it without asking - ewww! boys!). It is really hard to maintain no poo with long, long hair. We do however limit washing their hair to weekly or longer if possible and instead of conditioner we use Apple Cider Vinegar (Braggs Organic is our preferred choice). For my youngest who has very fine hair ...it is the BEST detangler.
I stopped using moisturiser on my face and skin about 2 years ago and instead have a little pot of coconut oil in the bathroom. I use it on my face and skin... we use it on the kids chapped lips. You can read more about my love affair with coconut oil here.
Tomorrow I am making a rub on deodorant to try. I'll let you know how it works out!
And make sure you visit the Wendyl Nissen website. Awesome recipes, awesome ideas.
I'm no expert, but this is what we do so please don't hesitate to ask me any questions you have!!!