household

House cleaning on one page

Equipment 

  • Multi-surface cleaner: 50/50 Castile soap and water 
  • Glass cleaner: 80/20 vinegar and water
  • Gentle scouring powder: 100% bicarb soda
  • Microfibre towels 
  • Essential oil
  • Basket of lemons
  • Vinegar 
  • Water
  • A little time 

Instructions

Benches and tables (stone, wood, laminate) 

  • ½ cup Castile Soap 
  • ½ cup Water 
  • 5 to 8 drops of essential oil to your needs  
  • Vinegar

Mix both in the atomiser, gently shake and use as a normal bench wipe. Glass tables can be finished off with a small amount of white vinegar and a clean cloth to rub away any streaks. Note: do not use vinegar on stone or wood. 

Kitchen and bathroom sinks (ceramic, metal) 

  • 1 or 2 teaspoons bicarb soda spooned on to the surface
  • 1 or 2 good splashes of white vinegar over the bicarb powder

Using a clean cloth wipe the fizzing bubbles all over the sink including the taps and then rinse clean with water. If you prefer, add a couple of drops of essential oil once clean just to make it smell nice and give it a shine. 

Sink drain blockage or once a month maintenance

  • 2 cups of boiling water 
  • ½ cup Bicarbonate soda
  • ½ Vinegar 

Put ½ cup bicarb soda down the sink and add the boiling water. If needed you can also add ½ cup of vinegar and cover this with a lid (a pan lid will do) until the fizzing slows down, then flush out with a kettle full of boiling water. 

Wood or plastic chopping boards

  • Half lemon or lemon concentrate 
  • Bicarb soda
  • Vinegar 

Wipe half a lemon over the board and leave for 10 mins. Then just rinse with water and dry the board. If you need to give it a really good scrub, sprinkle bicarb and splash some vinegar over, and then scrub with cloth. Rinse with water and dry. 

Oven a quick clean

  • Vinegar 
  • Bicarb soda 
  • Salt 

Heat the oven to 125° C and turn off, spray on white vinegar to just damp, sprinkle with salt, then leave until cool, and then rub away the dirt with a damp cloth. If you need something a little stronger, substitute the salt for bicarb soda. 

Microwave

  • ¾ cup vinegar 
  • 1 Lemon's juice 

Put lemon and vinegar into a microwave safe cup. Turn the microwave on for 2 mins. When heating is finished leave the door shut for an extra 2 mins and remove the cup. All you need to do now is wipe all the internal surfaces with a damp cloth. 

Sink dish soap

  • 1 cup of liquid Castile soap
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 to 5 drops of your choice of essential oil

Pour the Castile soap and water into a pump bottle and add the essential oils. Shake gently and it is ready to use. 

Pan degreaser

To cut through the grime on frying pans, simply apply some salt (no water necessary) and scrub vigorously. Note: do not do this to a non-stick pan. Alternatively, just squeeze on some lemon juice and wipe clean. 

Refrigerator

  • ½ cup bicarb soda
  • Warm water in a bowl or spray
  • Lemon essential oil 

Remove everything from the fridge and then sprinkle the bicarb soda onto the shelves. Add the lemon essential oil to the warm water and either spray the shelves or dip a clean cloth into the warm water and then just wipe clean. If very dirty, use a little vinegar on a clean cloth. 

Toilet

  • Bicarb soda 
  • Vinegar 
  • Eucalyptus oil 

Sprinkle the bicarb soda on all the toilet surfaces and spray with vinegar. Wipe clean and then sprinkle with a little essential oil of your choice. Add a toilet bomb to the loo to finish.

Bathroom deodoriser

  • Bicarb soda
  • Essential oil or your favourite perfume 

Add ½ cup bicarb soda to a jar or container and then add 10 drops of essential oil or perfume and mix through. Place in the bathroom and change every 3 to 4 months. For a quick refresh just stir powder every now and then, or add more essential oil.

Shower

Treat the shower areas in the same way as the sink, and the shower screen in the same way as a glass table. 

Floors

For floors use 1/3 cup Castile soap in a bucket of hot water and mop as normal. Add essential oils of your choice. Clean timber floors with hot black tea.