There is a plethora of YouTube videos or blogs with cleaning ‘hacks’ that just don’t work. While we’ve tested some for you, some don’t even need testing to know they don’t work. Here are some of our favourites…
It’s autumn! Follow these 4 natural cleaning tips to prepare for winter
As the weather starts to cool, you’ll want to take advantage of the last of the warm days and prepare your home for the winter ahead.
Clean your heat pump
You can pay someone to do this for you, or do it yourself. A clean heat pump works much more effectively, keeping you warmer and saving you power. Find the instructions and follow the manufacturer’s instructions, but in general, there are two main things you can do. Clear away any cobwebs and debris from around the outdoor unit, and you can even give it a hose down if it’s dusty. For the indoor unit, wash the filters, buy new ones if required, and use your vacuum attachments to gently give the entire unit a good dusting.
Clean bedding to remove musty smells
A few times a year, it’s a good idea to give all your bedding a wash or thorough airing. Read the labels, but most duvets and pillows can be washed on a gentle cycle in your washing machine. Take advantage of the warm weather to dry them outside in the sun and you’ll have healthy, fresh smelling bedding. You can even add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to the wash- lavender to help you sleep, or lemongrass to help your bedding smell fresh for longer.
Remove mould from bathrooms
When winter hits, it can feel very counter-productive to open bathroom windows to dry out your home. This still must be done to maintain a clean, healthy bathroom, but you can prepare for winter. Kill existing mould and mildew before it has a chance to establish itself. Bleach may remove the surface mould, but it doesn’t kill the entire plant, with its roots deep in your walls. Use our bathroom surface cleaner, which uses vinegar and lemon essential oil. It kills the entire plant including the roots so it doesn’t reappear again.
Clean your makeup brushes
Unless you’re one of those super amazing makeup people who seem to have their lives together, you probably haven’t washed your makeup brushes in forever. You need to. They’ll have all sorts of dust and dirt in them from your face (and could be a reason you are suffering breakouts). Warning: this is really gross.
Create a solution of a little dish soap and water, and you can even add a dash of white vinegar in there as it helps to disinfect. Wash your brushes thoroughly – this may take a number of loads of water- and then air dry in the sun. Try not to get the base of the bristles too wet as it may damage the glue.
For a natural dishwashing liquid, take advantage of potent essential oils
Whatever you use as a dishwashing liquid probably does double duty. Window washing, floor washing, in fact anything that needs grease break-down will often get a dash of dishwashing liquid. You need a product that cleans, and you want a product that is gentle on the environment and safe for the family to use.
Luckily, we have the solution.
Our range of dishwashing liquids are non-toxic, yet still get the job done well. Using essential oils to fragrance the product, they also provide natural anti-bacterial action and a host of other benefits- all while still being safe and gentle on your skin.
Why are our dishwashing liquids so effective?
It’s the ingredients in our dishwashing liquid that make it incredibly effective at removing dirt. Citric acid, derived from citrus fruit, is acidic and helps to dissolve soap scum and a host of other things.
We use cocoabetaine as a foaming agent. Derived from coconut, this is a safe alternative to sulfates. It mixes oil and dirt, breaking down the barrier between them so that the dirt can easily be wiped off.
Another surfactant, cocoglocoside, is a mix of glucose and coconut-based fatty alcohols. It’s gentle on the skin while still being effective as a cleaner. It helps to make the detergent foam up and break down grease.
Essential oils for scent and many other benefits
Our range comes in a variety of fragrances. Pine and sweet orange is lovely and refreshing, with the oils also providing natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial qualities.
The lemongrass and lime combination of oils is naturally antibacterial, with the lemongrass also being an amazing deodorizer. This makes it ideal for washing up from meals that contained strong odours, such as fish or garlic.
Cinnamon and tangerine are a lovely scent combination- the warmth of cinnamon and the spiciness of tangerine combine to make washing dishes an enjoyable task (almost). These essential oils are also anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, for a healthier home- naturally!