How to keep your towels soft, fluffy and smelling great

Did you know that fabric softener is actually not so great for towels and other fabrics that you would like to be fluffy and absorbent? The softeners will, over time, build up into the fabric and end up inhibiting its ability to dry out. But there is a simple #cleanwithfood solution!

Recipe

  • Distilled vinegar
  • Essential oil (optional) 

That is all you need. Add it to the fabric softener section of your washing machine and let it work its magic. Don't worry, your towels will not smell like a fish and chip shop when they come out of the machine.

I recommend drying the towels until just about dry, but not quite. Then pop them into the dryer to give them that extra fluffing up. Add some essential oils to a damp clean cloth and pop that in with the towels as well. 

You will have your super absorbent towels back, and they will smell lovely too. It is also wonderful to place a face towel with a few drops of the same essential oil into your towel linen press. This will infuse your chosen scent into the fabric while they are waiting to be used.

Note: there is no need to add vinegar each time you wash your towels, just when you think they need a boost on the fluffy scale. 

Cleaning copper with lemon salt

This method for cleaning copper to just too easy, it's almost like magic!

Recipe

  • 1 Lemon cut in half
  • Salt
  • Lemon essential oil (optional)

Cut the lemon in half and put about half a tea spoon of salt on the cut side. All you need to do now is rub the copper clean. Once done, wash away the salt and lemon and leave to dry. If the copper is on display, you can add a couple of drops of lemon essential oil to the copper and polish it until it shines. 

Job done! So easy with no mess and harsh rubbing, and importantly, no horrible chemicals!

 

How to clean a toilet without bleach

Here's how to clean a toilet without bleach. It takes a little bit of the Gyre and Gymble ABCs, plus a drop of E. 

The toilet is the one place that needs to be cleaned regularly with a big disinfecting clean once a week. When this is done everyone will be happy.

Recipe

Leave a spray bottle of Gyre and Gymble soap mixture next to the toilet brush ready for use each day. Spray the bowl inside and out, and then wipe clean with toilet paper starting from the top and working down and around, and then outside of the toilet. Once done, flush the toilet paper away.

Using the toilet brush, scrub the inside then leave the brush balanced between the top and bottom seat with the brush section over the toilet bowl. This will allow it to dry and be ready for the next use. You can also add a couple of drops of neat eucalyptus oil just to freshen everything up. 

For the comprehensive weekly clean sprinkle bicarb soda over the toilet both inside and out. Spray with vinegar then wipe clean with the toilet paper on the outside just like above. Use the brush for the inside of the bowl. Finish this with the soap spray just to wipe up any left over bicarb and vinegar then flush away the paper. 

When you are done, add a toilet bomb to the water and leave overnight. Finish with a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil. 

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Keeping teenage beds fresh in between washing days

Beds really should be washed once a week, but we all get busy from time to time. Don't feel guilty, as there are a few things you can do to keep beds fresh in between wash cycles. 

This blog is particularly targeted at teenagers' rooms, but it is a trick that can work for anyone. 

Recipe

  • Eucalyptus room spray

All you need to do is not make the bed, which will no doubt make your kids happy! Rather than the morning ritual of pulling up the covers just ask your teenager to hang the duvet over the bedroom door or over a study chair. If you leave a room spray next to their bed with water and about 20 to 30 drops of eucalyptus oil, they can lightly spray their bed and leave it until they hop back in later that evening.

This will air the bed and give it a light disinfectant during the day. 

If you have animals that snuggle up into beds, this system can also help. Remember, there really is nothing that works as well as a good wash in the machine. 
 

Cleaning up after muddy sport

Do you ever feel like half the field arrives home at the end of a match, and that it ends up all over your floor? I have a few tips on how to minimise the work involved when you have sporty people about.

Recipe

  • Two big buckets 
  • Multi-surface spray
  • Big dark towel
  • Bicarb soda
  • Lemon
  • Vinegar  

When the offending mud-covered sportsperson arrives home, send them to the decontamination area, AKA, the kitchen or utility room. Stand them in a bucket while they peel the mud and team uniform off. Dump the muddy clothes into the other bucket and rinse right away in cold water to remove as much loose dirt as you can. Follow up with a deep hot water soak with washing powder for at least an hour. Finish by washing on the sports cycle. 

Shoes can be washed off in warm water and put somewhere to dry. Once totally dry you can add a little bicarb soda mixed with some lemon essential oils to remove any lingering sporty feet odours. Shake the powder around the inside of the shoe and just leave until ready to wear again. 

Now to the floor and walls that were touched on the way into the house. Use your Gyre and Gymble multi-surface spray and a clean cloth to wipe away the mud. 

If the mud stains the grout between tiles on the floor or the wall, use a little bicarb soda on a damp cloth, spray the mark with vinegar and then rub gently with your mild scouring powder.

2 easy steps to make apple cider vinegar

Do you have an apple tree that gives you more apples than you could possibly eat? Turn the oversupply into your very own vinegar. Sound daft? Maybe, but it is fun and will save on some plastic and you will have the satisfaction of knowing you have made some part of your cleaning products from scratch. 

Or if you don't have a tree but are going to make an apple pie or sauce, you can also use the core and peel to make vinegar too. Just ensure you use organic apples to reduce the contamination of chemicals that could have been sprayed on the fruit. 

It will take about 5 minuets to prepare and about 3 to 4 months to turn into vinegar. 

Recipe

  • Organic apples, enough to fit in the jar you have selected 
  • Wide mouth jar 
  • Brown sugar 
  • Cloth 
  • Time and love 

Step 1

This is one of the simplest ideas I have written about. The only thing is that unlike bicarb soda and lemon and the immediate fizz you get, this will take some time. All you need to do it clean the jar in a hot cycle wash in the dishwasher, or boil the jar for 5 minutes in water, and then carefully remove from the water and allow to cool on a clean surface. 

Set the jar to one side and prepare the apples.

Cut up the apples into chunks or just use the peel and core and eat the rest of the apple. Place what you are going to turn to vinegar into the sterilised jar. Add 1 tsp of sugar for every apple, then cover with filtered water. It is important that the apples are all totally submerged in the jar. If you need to weigh them down, ensure whatever you use has also been sterilised, a small glass can work well.

Place a thin cloth over the mouth of the jar and attach into place with the elastic band. Now place the jar in a warm dark place. The larder is a great location, or just let rest at the back of a cupboard. Set a reminder in your diary for 3 weeks time. 

Step 2

Take off the cloth lid and pour the liquid thru a fine sieve (make sure the sieve is clean). Throw away the solids and pour the liquid back into the jar and seal again with the cloth. Set a reminder in your diary to stir the liquid once a week with a thoroughly clean plastic or wooden spoon. This should be done for 4 to 6 weeks depending on the mixture. 

  • You will see bubbles forming as the fermentation process starts. 
  • The white scum that forms on top of your liquid is just fine but any other colour (for example black or green) is not good and needs to be thrown away in the compost. 
  • You will know you have vinegar when you can see the mother [1] forming. The mother looks like a cloudy foam. 

 

References
1. Mother and apple cider vinegar, Wikipedia

household

Testing Gyre and Gymble products

My laboratory is my home, and my family and friends.

We love all creatures great and small and genuinely believe they do not belong in a laboratory testing cleaning products for us.

So we do not test at all on our furry friends!

I have tested every product Gyre and Gymble sells and tested every recipe on the blog, so you can rest assured everything works and everything is safe.

So whether you buy our Readymade Collection or make your own with our bulk ingredients, you can be confident my family has given all of the Gyre and Gymble products their approval. 

Cleaning computers and screens

Computers in the home can be very dirty, and will need a clean once a quarter (or more). 

Recipe

  • Glass spray (80:20 vinegar-to-water; use filtered water if possible) 
  • Cloth
  • Cotton ear buds

Note: never spray a computer directly, and always put the spray onto the cloth first.

Starting with the screen use a glass cleaner and spray onto your clean microfibre cloth and polish the screen clean. It will be much easier to do this if the computer screen is off because you will be able to see the marks clearly. And if it is a touch screen, you will not be inadvertently moving things about. 

Next, tackle the keyboard. First of all, turn the keyboard upside down and tap it a few times on the desk. You'll be surprised (or horrified!) by what comes out. Now dip a cotton bud into the glass cleaning liquid and squeeze out any excess. You want the cotton bud damp but not dripping. Now run this along the keys. While you are doing this it is also worthwhile rubbing the cloth you used to clean the screen down any nearby cables. 

If you have a computer on the ground under a desk, the air filters tend to get blocked up with the internal fan sucking in dust. This dust can be easily removed by running the vacuum cleaner over the vents. 

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How to use the Gyre and Gymble #cleanwithfood method

If you have kitchen and bathroom cupboards full of harsh chemicals that you would prefer to avoid, take a look at the way I have been cleaning my home for the last 18 months. If you like these ideas, here are a few tips for how you can change to do the same. 

Firstly, I hate waste so you can either go cold turkey on your chemical cleaning or just run down what you already have in store. Don't throw away your old products, and in particular, don't pour the liquids down the sink as they will end up in your nearest river or at the beach. 

If you have cleaned your home for this long with the old stuff, it's probably best to use it until it has gone, but have a stock of Gyre and Gymble products ready to go when you are finished. Alternatively, if you want to get going straight away, give your half-used bottles to someone else who will use them. 

Having a set of cleaning products in all bathrooms and the kitchen will save you time running around looking for the right thing to clean with. Given that Gyre and Gymble advocates the use of only 4 main products, it will be easy to have these in each room just waiting to help you clean.

You will need the following ingredients: 

  • 1x Readymade glass cleaner for each bathroom and kitchen
  • 1x Multi-surface spray for each bathroom and kitchen
  • 1x Gentle scouring jar for each bathroom and kitchen
  • 1x bowl lemons in the kitchen
  • 1x lemon essential oil in the kitchen (you can add to this later)
  • 1x eucalyptus oil in each bathroom (or the toilet drops)
  • 5x micro fibre cloths for each bathroom
  • 1x Gyre and Gymble subscription, so you will never have to shop for cleaning products again

Where to start:

We hope you will love our bottles and will place the sprays and essential oils out on display. There is no need to hide them away out of sight anymore. This has a two benefits: it will mean that it is easy to pick up and spot clean at anytime, and you can also let the world know that you care about your home by using safe, natural cleaning products. Leave the toilet drops ready for anyone to use within easy reach of the toilet. Place the spray

If you need any more advice or help with ways to clean your home, you can always search though our blog or contact us directly for any cleaning advice.