Basic Sink Cleaner — Combine ½ cup baking soda with six drops essential oil (such as lavender, rosemary, lemon, lime or orange). Rinse sinks well with hot water. Sprinkle combination into sink and pour ¼ cup vinegar over top. After the fizz settles, scrub with a damp sponge or cloth. Rinse again with hot water.
Oven Cleaner —Place a heatproof dish filled with water in the oven. Turn on the heat to let the steam soften any baked-on grease. Once the oven is cool, apply a paste of equal parts salt, baking soda, and vinegar, and scrub.
Bathroom Mildew Remover — Good ventilation helps prevent mildew and mold. When they do occur, make a spray with 2 cups of water and 1/4 teaspoon each of tea-tree and lavender oil. Shake first and spray on trouble spots. The oils break down the mildew so there’s no need to wipe it down.
Carpet Shampoo — Mix 3 cups water, ¾ cup vegetable-based liquid soap, and 10 drops peppermint essential oil. Rub the foam into soiled areas with a damp sponge. Let dry thoroughly and then vacuum.
Dusting—Skip the furniture polishes. Instead, use a microfibre cloth. Made from synthetic fibres that are then split into hundreds of smaller microfibre’s, they capture dust more efficiently than regular rags. If necessary, a little olive oil makes a fine polishing agent.
‘Green Interior Design’ by Lori Dennis 2013
‘The Naturally Clean Home’ by Karyn Siegel-Maier 2013
‘Super Natural Home’ by Beth Greer 2013