Summer is the perfect time to give the bricks on your fireplace a clean. It’s great to get this job completed so you can enjoy your clean fireplace over Christmas and it will be ready and waiting for a crackling fire when the cool weather inevitably makes it’s presence felt in a few months time.
This method is environmentally friendly, simple and effective.
1. Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and spray onto the bricks.
Basic ingredients for the fight against grime, climate change and a dirge of domestic disasters!
Indonesia – Image Courtesy of Greenpeace
If you’ve been following my natural cleaning tips, you may have noticed that there are a few ingredients which keep popping up. So I decided to make a shopping list of all the basic ingredients you need so you can get back to basics in your home and feel the lerv of simplicity, purity and more dollars in your purse. All the while making a small but significant contribution to saving the planet!
Have these simple ingredients at the ready for all your general cleaning needs and the occasional disaster.
Think globally – act locally!( I love that line!)
Clean and Green Essentials
White vinegar – A mildly acidic cleaner. Go for basic white vinegar at the super market. Don’t be fooled by “Cleaning Vinegar” in with the household cleaners. It’s twice the price and exactly the same thing!
Bicarb Soda- Slightly salty and alkaline compound used in cooking and cleaning. Mildly abrasive, it can make great cleaning pastes when used with other ingredients. Do Not use on aluminium surfaces.
Borax- A salt used as a component in detergents and numerous other uses. Easily dissolved addition to cleaning pastes. Also can be made into an insecticide for ants, cockroaches and fleas.
Table Salt – A great abrasive for stubborn grime. Can be used with a combination of other ingredients or with lemon juice and a toothbrush for areas such as moldy grout in the shower etc.
Lemon Juice- Awesome naturally occurring mild acid. Great addition to cleansing pastes, can remove lime scale from taps and sinks – and smells delicious! It can help to neutralise the smell of vinegar.
Plant-Based Dishwash Liquid – Should NOT contain toxic petrochemicals, phosphates, nitrates, EDTA, sodium lauryl sulphate, synthetic dyes or perfumes. Much safer for you, your family and the planet!
Eucalyptus Oil – Fabulously versatile oil used for removing stains and grease marks, added to the wash to clean heavily soiled clothes, added to the wash for woollens, removing chewing gum (even from clothes and carpets!), removing tar from motor cars, and a wonderful inhalant in an oil burner or a couple of drops on your pillow if you are suffering from a cold. Smells amazing!
Tea Tree Oil – Wonderful natural disinfectant. Use full strength to assist in the management of scratches, minor cuts, minor wounds, minor skin infections, insect bites, stings, acne, pimples, ringworm and fungal infections. Use diluted 1:10 with boiled water to disinfect areas around the home. Smells great too.
Yesterday I had a great suggestion in a comment from Cari – an awesome Montessori teacher you can check out on her Montessori Blog.
I just had to share this one so no one would miss it.
Cari suggested cutting a lemon in half and scooping out the flesh. Then filling the lemon half with bicarb soda. Pop that little baby into the back of one of your fridge shelves and not only does the fridge stay fresh but smells gorgeously citrusy!
Top Tip Cari – thanks so much!
If anyone else has a great tip they would like to share or a comment they’d like to make, please do so! I’d love to hear from you!
It’s Spring Downunder – time to freshen your carpets and rugs!
Freshening your carpets and rugs in an environmentally friendly way is so easy! Simply sprinkle carpets and rugs with bicarb soda, leave for at least 1hr – overnight is ideal – then vacuum thoroughly… Bewdiful!