Removing oil and greasy marks from clothes can be really tough sometimes! I’ve had great success using this simple method – and the best part is, you already have the product in your kitchen!
Simply rub the oil or grease stain all over with a thin film of environmentally friendly dish-washing liquid and wash in the washing machine as normal.
If you have some really long-term tough stains, try rubbing the stain with eucalyptus oil first and leave it overnight. In the morning, rub the stain with dish-washing liquid and wash as normal in your washing machine.
**If you have a heavily stained garment and you need to use a substantial amount of dish-washing liquid, you will need to reduce the amount of washing powder you are using in your washing machine.
No-wax floors can dull over time and waxed floors can suffer from a build up of wax. This easy and natural cleaning method, will get both types of vinyl flooring shining like a small child’s face on Christmas morning!
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.