If you live with an autoimmune condition like Crohn’s disease, maintaining a healthy environment free of toxins and nasty chemicals is crucial. A clean, low toxin space supports health and encourages your body’s healing process. If your immune system is compromised, you need to do everything in your power to create an environment conducive to healing.

With chemical nasties like sodium hydroxide, phthalates and ammonia hiding away in our toilet cleaners, dish liquids and surface sprays, it’s no wonder many people with allergies and immune sensitivities are opting for natural, non-toxic, low-irritant alternatives. They want to clean their bench tops without adding to the toxin load in their home, #thankyouverymuch.

Even if you don’t have a health condition, detoxing your cleaning cupboard could be a smart move to increase your general wellbeing. Best thing is, if you make the switch to natural cleaning alternatives, not only are you creating a healthier environment for you and your family, you’re also likely to save some money at the same time!

Next time you’re about to tackle the housework, skip the toxic chemicals and opt instead for some of these natural wonders:

1. Vinegar: A solution of equal parts vinegar and water in a clean spray bottle can be used throughout your home as an all-purpose spray. Vinegar is both a natural disinfectant and deodoriser – great for use on spills, in the bathroom and kitchen, and in the mop bucket. You can infuse your vinegar with citrus by leaving it in a jar with sliced lemons for a few days for a deliciously fresh smelling all-purpose cleaner. If you’re planning to use vinegar on sensitive surfaces such as wood or anything with a laminate or varnish coating, it’s best to do a small spot test before proceeding. Another clever use for vinegar is as a natural fabric softener. Simply add half a cup to the machine during its rinse cycle. It freshens, disinfects and softens your clothes all in one!

2. Lemon juice: Lemon juice can be used as a cleaning agent on its own or alongside other natural cleaning staples like baking soda and vinegar. It can be used to break down soap and toothpaste scum in bathroom sinks, or hard-to-clean grime on dishes. Be careful though, lemon can act as a natural bleach – definitely spot test before use. Lemon can also be used to shine metals like brass and when mixed with olive oil (in a 1:2 ratio) makes for a fragrant hardwood furniture polish.

3. Baking soda: Baking soda has long been used for more than just baking! It deodorises and can be
used in place of cleaning agents like Jif. Simply mix up a paste by combining baking soda with some water and you’ll have an oven cleaner that will leave your oven sparkling, without the nasty residue and smell of commercial oven cleaners. In combination with vinegar, you can use baking soda to clean your toilet without the need for scrubbing. Simply tip a cup of baking soda into your toilet and allow to soak for an hour, add a cup of vinegar, wait five minutes and flush.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015 3:34 PM