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6 Simple Natural Cleaning Hacks for Your Home

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When we decided to start trying for a baby, I had an enlightening session with a really well regarded naturopath. To be honest I hadn't given a great deal of thought to what chemicals I used around the house prior to this point.  Her message was crystal clear: "Reduce the barriers and build up in your life, and you will give yourself the best possible chance of general wellness". Rightio then! 

Upon a little investigation I uncovered that commercial cleaning products create a build-up on surfaces over time. Instead of cleaning, they trap in the germs and the chemicals creating a layer of toxicity over surfaces. Much to my amazement (and horror) I read the use of scented products, such as surface sprays, are probably the worst offenders. In my brain I had always computed that the house smelling clean, meant that it was clean. But no, this is absolutely not the case. 

Will

I found that you can reduce your environmental impact and household costs by using natural alternatives to packaged cleaning products, and almost all products in general. Its the starting point of the inception of Little Minx, and my learning journey towards a less processed living.

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The 3 Main Benefits of Green Cleaning are:

  1. Reduces exposure to airborne dust and toxic chemicals 
  2. Reduces incidents of asthma attacks caused by dust and chemical allergens
  3. Reduces the negative environmental effects of toxic household cleaning products

Less is best when it comes to cleaning products, and natural alternatives are often more effective and less time consuming. These are my top suggestions for easy and natural household cleaning that won't break the bank. 

6 Natural Cleaning Hacks

Solution

Use

White Vinegar

·       Cleaning bathroom and kitchen surfaces

·       Rinse aid for the dishwasher

·       Fabric softener for towels and sheets

Eucalyptus Oil

Add 3 drops to 100ml – use in spray bottle for surface cleaning

Lavender Oil

Add 3 drops to 100ml – use in spray bottle for cleaning furniture

·       Use as a fabric freshener on lounges, carpets and beds

·       Spray on clothes to assist with ironing

Tea Tree Oil

·       Helps remove crayon and texta from hard surfaces

·       Removes left over residue from stickers and adhesives

Bi-carbonate Soda

·       Sprinkle over baked-on grime, then spray with vinegar to budge tough stains

Boiling Water

·       Pour over kitchen and laundry sinks with some bi-carbonate soda and eucalyptus oil to remove kitchen smells and built up oils and fats

 

Keep in mind when you buy essential oils that whilst the initial investment seems expensive, they do last for ages as you only need a little tiny bit for them to be effective. 

For more natural options to household challenges please check out the range at Little Minx

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P.S In case you are wondering, it all came off. Naturally #teatreeoil!

xxx



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