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Our favourite homemade cleaning products

Ever wondered how many nasty chemicals are lurking in your shop-bought cleaning products? With countless reports that they are detrimental to your health as well as the environment, we're on the hunt for some natural alternatives that pack just as much of a cleaning punch.

Here are a few of our favourites.

Softly does it fabric conditioner

The use of chemicals in mass-produced fabric softeners can sometimes leave those with sensitive skin with nasty rashes and irritation.

This all-natural alternative is perfect for even the most delicate of us, and contains just three ingredients. Adding your own essential oils also means you can pick the scents you love the most.

What you'll need:

- Vinegar
- Baking soda
- Your favourite essential oils

How to make it:

- Start by mixing some warm water and baking soda in a bowl - for every cup of water add ½ a cup of baking soda.
- Once the baking soda and water are mixed, slowly add the vinegar and stir - you'll need ½ a cup of vinegar for each cup of water.
- Finally add your essential oils (5 to 10 drops) and store in a reusable glass bottle.
- Add the desired amount to the softener draw of your machine before each wash.

Tub scrub bathroom cleaner

Raise your hand if the bathroom is your favourite room to clean? No? us neither, but we've got a few hints and tips for how to make it a little easier.

Baking soda is a miracle product when it comes to cleaning - not only is it chemical free and removes harsh stains and stubborn soap scum, it's also safe to use on your bathroom surfaces without risking damage.

How to use it:

Loo cleaner

Simply sprinkle a generous amount in the toilet bowl and let it sit. When it's worked its magic for 30 minutes, spray some vinegar around the bowl and leave for a further five minutes. Finish by scrubbing the bowl and flush.

General surface cleaner

The oils and fats in soaps, shampoos and moisturisers often lead to a build up of stubborn soap scum in our bathrooms that can be difficult to wash away.

To make your own chemical free cleaner simply mix equal parts castile soap and baking soda with a few drops of your favourite essential oils. Add a few drops of water until the mix resembles a thick paste and spread it over the area you wish to clean with a sponge. Leave it to sit for a couple of minutes before rinsing with water.

Fresh as a daisy

There's nothing better than walking into a room and smelling your favourite fresh fragrances. Instead of forking out for expensive air fresheners why not have a go at making your own? With so many essential oils to choose from, the opportunities are endless!

What you'll need:

- 2 envelopes of vegetarian gelatine or Agar Agar
- Water (check the gelatine package for specific amounts and instructions)
- Salt
- Your favourite essential oils
- Dried flowers/leaves (optional for decoration)
- Glass jars

- If you're using them, place your decorations at the bottom of your jars ready to pour your mixture over.
- Add the correct amount of water to a pan along with a pinch of salt and wait until the salt has dissolved.
- Add the gelatine to the pan and prepare as per the packet instructions, stirring continuously. Once it's melted, remove the pan from the heat and add your essential oils.
- Stir the mixture well and add it to your jars. Let it cool and place a vented lid on the jars to avoid the gelatine drying out.

Do you make any of your own cleaning products? We'd love to hear the recipes! Let us know via our social media channels.



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