PFJ – Week 2

Week 2 of Plastic Free July!

How are you all going with the challenge?  What have you found the most challenging & what has been your biggest win to date?  I’d love to know so leave a comment below.

When I first started on my Plastic Free Journey, one of the places I found easy too reduce my plastic was with Cleaning Products.  Not only are they housed in plastic, are full of all sorts of nasty chemicals with are unkind to you & the Planet but they are damn expensive – a surface spray for this room, a special mould busting spray for that! 

Did you know you can clean you home with a few very basic & inexpensive ingredients?  Items which no doubt you already have in your cupboards. 

Basic Utensils

To get you started its a good idea to invest in a few key Cleaning utensils if you don’t already have them.  If you do have plastic ones, just replace with more earth friendly options as they end their life, no need to whip out & get more.

Plenty of stores are starting to stock alternatives to Plastic & they don’t need to come with a big price tag – shop around.  You may even find them in your regular supermarkets.  There are some links below for online places to purchase but check out your local health food shops etc for them. they look damn stylish too.

  • Coconut fibre, metal or copper Scrubbing pad – ditch the plastic one!
  • Wooden dish washing brush
  • Wooden/natural bristle bottle cleaner
  • Cotton Dish cloth
    • Make you own from old towels/tea towels
    • Get crafty (my crafty mum made the one below) & knit or crochet one – or buy online
  • Wooden Scrubbing Brush
  • Wooden Loo Brush
  • Rags – chop old towels & clothing
  • Old spray bottles – save those spray bottles ready for reuse
  • Natural Rubber gloves
  • Dishwashing Liquid – can be purchased at your local bulk store, BYO jar/bottle to save costs & pop it in an existing squeezy bottle 

Basic Cleaning products

Baking Soda – Natural deodoriser,  is abrasive & brightens

  • Can be purchased from your local supermarket in Cardboard boxes (McKenzies) or in Bulk from local bulk stores

Liquid castile soap  

  • Dr Bronners is great & can be purchased in 3.8L containers, mine has lasted me nearly 3 years! Start with a smaller bottle if you prefer though & keep to an unscented one.  That way you can use it for all sorts of things & change the scent with essential oils.
  • You will find at some health stores or it can be purchased online.

White Vinegar – its acidity makes it effective for dissolving oil, grease & soap scrum. Don’t leave for long periods on areas that are porous like tile grout though.

  • Refill your own bottle in some bulk stores.  Manly Food co-op sells in bulk but failing that opt for the largest bottle you can find in the supermarket.

Essential oils – perfect to lift the mood of any cleaning job as well as disinfecting & deodorising

Disinfecting oils – Lemon, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Lime

Deodorizing oils – Lavender, Eucalyptus oil, Tea Tree, Peppermint
DIY Recipes

Now with these few goodies you can make everything you need to keep your house & clothes sparkling clean.  These are all recipes I use on a regular basis.

*With all new recipes it’s important to test patch first as all surfaces are different.


All-purpose Spray

  • 1-part Liquid Castile Soap
  • 20-parts Water
  • 5-10 drops Eucalyptus Oil – add any other oil you like
  1. Add ingredients to a repurposed spray bottle & use.
  2. Use to spray surface & leave for a few minutes then wipe down with a damp rag.
  3. Perfect for cleaning the bathroom sink, shower bottoms & walls, toilet seat & bowl.

*Eucalyptus oil is a natural disinfectant; perfect to kill any stray germs


Toilet Cleaner

  • ¼ Cup Baking Soda
  • Tea tree oil
  • White Vinegar
  1. Sprinkle the baking soda into the bowl & spritz liberally with white vinegar, watch it fizz & add a few drops of tea tree oil.
  2. Leave for 5-10 mins.  
  3. Give the bowl a good scrub with your loo brush & finish the seat/surrounds with your lovely all-purpose spray & an old rag.

Bathroom Cleaner

  • ½ Cup White Vinegar
  • ¼ Cup Baking Soda
  • 10 drops Tea tree oil
  1. Mix together in a big bowl; you need a bigger one as it will froth up.
  2. Transfer to a repurposed jar ready for use.
  3. To use, scoop a little out on a brush or rag & scrub away.

*Great for stainless steel, burnt pots & tough surfaces

*Note this is an abrasive cleaner so is not recommended on soft surfaces like plastic basins. Patch test first; use the grout cleaner recipe.


Grout Cleaner

  • 1 Cup Baking soda
  • 1 Cup water
  • Tea tree oil
  1. Mix together in a repurposed jar ready for use.
  2. To use, scoop a little out on a brush or rag & scrub away.

Lemon Vinegar

  • Citrus peels & scraps
  • White Vinegar
  1. Fill a jar with white Vinegar & add lemon/orange peels. Sit for 2 weeks. Remove & compost peels. Use in cleaning recipes or dilute 1:1 with water & add to a spray bottle for an all-purpose spray.
  • Great all round scented vinegar for use in cleaning recipes or as a cleaning spray
  • Add ¼ Cup to the end of your washing load to soften clothing

Liquid soap for dirty mitts

  • 1-part liquid castile soap
  • 10-Parts water
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 10 drops of Tea tree oil
  • 10 Drops of Lime or peppermint oil
  1. Add to repurposed hand pump bottle
  • You can use any combo of oils you like.  I love lemon myrtle in summer as its zingy & fresh but a warmer smeeling oil like lavender in winter.

Laundry powder

  • 2 Cups Baking soda
  • 1 bar of castile soap – Dr Bronners is a goodie
  • 10-20 drops Eucalyptus oil
  1. Place 1 cup of baking soda in the oven at 200°C for one hour, mixing after 30 mins. This process turns it into Washing power.
  2. Grate the bar soap into small pieces.
  3. Mix the washing soda, remaining baking soda, grated soap & oil well in a bowl & transfer into a repurposed jar.

*To use add one scoop to your wash


Fabric softener

¼ Cup of white vinegar at the end of the wash will soften things right up


Glass cleaner

Spritz white vinegar onto the glass & clean with an old rag


Wood Polish

  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. of water
  1. Combine in a repurposed glass bottle.
  2. To use add a small amount onto an old rag & wipe wood.

*Always test patch first


 

So it can be super simple to clean naturally & without plastic.  Reuse any of your old spray bottles & it will be even cheaper!

What other recipes have you tried on yout Plastc free journey>

 

Much Plastc Free love

Sarah

xx

 

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