Being healthy shouldn’t be reserved to the kitchen. In her new book The Art of the Natural Home, Rebecca Sullivan extends the mantra to the whole house, with homemade beauty and cleaning recipes for fresh scents and no chemicals.
DIY Natural Bathroom Cleaners
Spray and Wipe
This is perfect for cleaning every single surface in your bathroom and hard surfaces in the rest of the home too. This is the best way to avoid cleaners full of chemicals and it’s easy to make at a fraction of the cost of bought products, which often contain endless lists of ingredients on back labels – and even I don’t know what some of them are. Far better to make your own from scratch – that way you have full control of what you use in your home. Do make sure you use a glass bottle for this cleaner.
- 1 teaspoon borax
- 1/2 teaspoon natural washing soda (soda crystals)
- 1 teaspoon liquid castile soap
- 20 drops essential oil
- 500ml warm filtered water
- a 500ml glass spray bottle
Put all ingredients into a sterilised spray bottle. Shake well and use as needed. Store in a cool, dark place for up to three months.
That stubborn scum that ends up in the cracks of the bathroom tiles or on the bottom of the basin is not the easiest of things to clean because it’s made up of various elements – mildew, mineral deposits and the limescale from hard water, to name but a few. Try to prevent the build-up by wiping down the shower with a cloth after your wash. Prevention will prevent too much scrubbing. This product is best used weekly in your bathroom clean. Simply sprinkle onto a damp surface, scrub and rinse. Test on a small, inconspicuous area first to make sure this is suitable for use in your bathroom.
- 250g bicarbonate of soda
- 125g non-iodised salt
- 125g natural washing soda (soda crystals)
- 4–6 drops orange oil
- lidded glass jar for storage (if you wish, you can use two lids and poke holes in one for sprinkling, then replace it with the full lid for storage)
- Mix all the ingredients together into a bowl. Place into a jar and shake. Use a spoon to sprinkle. Store in a dry, dark and cool place. Use within three months.
- Once a week, ever so slightly wet the scummy surface. Sprinkle your scum scrub generously and let it sit for 10 minutes. Scrub with a brush and use a toothbrush for the tile grout. Rinse.
Toilet Bliss Bombs
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like those fluorescent sticky toilet bowl tabs sold in the supermarket. After all, with every flush, those chemicals will end up in your nearest waterway then eventually back through the water from your tap. Ew. If you do want to make sure that your toilet is clean and fresh without using the chemical bowl tabs, here’s how. These bliss bombs make the loo both clean and fresh smelling.
- 250g bicarbonate of soda
- 80g citric acid
- 10 drops rose oil
- 10 drops lavender oil
- 5 drops lemon oil
- spray bottle
- rubber gloves
- cotton face mask
- an old silicone ice-cube tray
- glass jar for storage
Wear gloves and a face mask – citric acid is strong and could make you cough. Mix the bicarbonate of soda and citric acid in a glass bowl. Fill a spray bottle with some water and very gradually add water to the bowl by spraying and mixing. Use just enough to make the ingredients stick together. Add the essential oils and mix. Press small amounts of the mixture into the ice-cube tray holes. Let it dry overnight, then carefully remove and store in a glass or other airtight jar container. To use, drop one into the toilet, leave it to dissolve and flush on the next use. Use as necessary but no more than once a day.
Taken form The Art of the Natural Home by Rebecca Sullivan, published by Kyle Books.