why you don’t need harmful chemicals at home;

I bet if you take a look in the cupboard under your sink you will find a whole host of colorful plastic bottles, some with spray tops, some without but one thing they will all have in common is that little black X on an orange background.

This little symbol shows that whatever is inside the bottle is harmful, and I question any home cleaning product that bears this mark or the other warning symbols that often festoon the cleansers and cleaners we use around the home.

The fact of the matter is we have all lost sight of the point a bit in our quest for cleanliness without hard work. We all have to clean our homes, but most of us don’t like doing it. So the helpful chemical company creates a product, so we don’t have to scrub hard and the cleaning will be effortless. The problem being, these complex man-made chemicals damage our environment, they kill the fish we eat and poison the water we drink. We still have to clean nevertheless but isn’t there another way?

We yes actually there is.

A year ago I decided to stop using harmful chemicals in my house. it was only after about a month did I finally realise how hard that actually is. But after a good few hours Googling and concocting I managed to replace every cleaning product in the house.

4 wonderful cleansers:

  1. Vinegar
  2. Bicarb
  3. Caustic soda
  4. soda crystals

these are the only chemicals you ever need to buy to clean your home, vinegar, diluted with water and put in an old spray bottle serves as an all-purpose cleaner (make sure its distilled or spirit vinegar not the malt otherwise you’ll never get rid of the smell) bicarb mixed with a little water makes an excellent abrasive cleaner and soda crystals will do your laundry. Caustic soda combined with vegetable oil makes good old-fashioned soap.

That’s it. That’s all you will ever need. certainly you may need to combine some of these for specific tasks but you won’t ever need anything else to clean your house.

And for those of you who want to give it a go here is an excellent recipe for washing up liquid, which took a while and a fair few failed concoctions before we got to this one!

Washing up liquid

  • 1 litre of boiling water
  • 2-3 drops of tea tree oil (optional just to add a nice scent)
  • 10g of grated soap
  • 10g of soda crystals
  • 1 Tbsp of vinegar


Take the soap, soda crystals and Tea tree oil (if using) and add to the boiling water, stir to make the soap start to dissolve. Then stir in the vinegar. Leave to cool and there you have it, stick in an old squeeze or pump bottle and you’re good to go.

I will be posting more helpful cleaning recipes soon but in the meantime check out some of my older posts if you want to try to make your own soap for example.


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