So this Health Challenges Series has covered how to overcome some time challenges, overwhelm on where to start and this week I look at how to improve the health of your home for you and your family.
Now I’m not afraid of germs. I think they are part of life and our children do need a certain amount to maintain a healthy immune system. But there is a certain standard I like to maintain in our home. My cleaning cupboard is rather small and everything I use I have made (except dish liquid because I just don’t have time to make it and I can get some good local organic product pretty cheap).
So here is a list of my cleaning stuff:
– All Purpose spray: This is in a $1 spray bottle with 1 cup of vinegar (cheap stuff from supermarket), 10-15 drops of Eucalyptus Oil (also cheap stuff from supermarket, save the good stuff for other things), and then fill the rest of the bottle up with water. I use this for everything; benches, tables, baby high chair, bathroom, toilet, floors etc.
– Enjo Cloths: These can be expensive but I got some ex-demo cloths that hadn’t been used off eBay for quite cheap and I just love them! They are micro-fibre cloths that pick up all of the muck and then you use a shammy type cloth and the surface is immaculate! I use these cloths for everything (unless I’m using my spray). I love the window cloths as my windows come up crystal clean after using them. I also use these for the bathroom and kids rooms. The dusting cloth is great for a quick whip around the house (I give it to Luca and he loves to clean, I’m sure it’s just a phase!).
– Micro Fibre sweeper and mop: I’m a little old fashioned and use a micro fibre broom. To be honest I don’t have the Enjo one because I couldn’t justify the price. I bought the cheaper version at my local department store and it is awesome. I use this in between vacuuming on the weekends. I love the mop as well as I just wet it and go over the floors (we have timber floors).
– Essential Oils: I use these to freshen up the house. As the cleaners I use are all natural there isn’t much scent to them. I have 3 oil infusers around my house that I light and add any combination of oils that I’m feeling at the time. This is also great to clear the air in a natural and non-toxic way.
– Laundry Powder: Now I still use your typical laundry powder because that is the next thing I want to change but I have so much of it that it is taking ages to get through! Once I have finished my goal is to move to the local organic stuff (from the same guy that I get dish liquid from). Another option is to use Soap Nuts. These are actually really good. I have used them before but as they didn’t have any scent I really missed my laundry smelling all nice. I could use essential oils in the rinse but I just never remembered to do that!
I hope this has helped you get an idea into what I use at home. I would love to know some of your tips!
Until next time