Thursday 9 June 2011

a green clean fling

Whew, say that three times fast!

            a green clean fling

                               a green cleen fleen

                                                   a green cling fling

How gorgeous is this book cover?!

Okay, confession time, Gorgeously Green is like my green bible, and really helped me transition into the green goddess I am today - or am trying to be!  I'm so grateful Sophie wrote that book to encourage ladies like me to incorporate green living into our 'fabulous' lifestyles. 

Many of the changes were easier than I first imagined, like natural beauty products.  But it was a change that I'd never even considered that has been one of my favourite changes so far. . .

I make my own cleaning supplies!

I love the whole green cleaning process: I don't waste plastic bottles because I reuse the same one over and over again; I'm not using anything toxic so there are no dangerous fumes; I can safely prepare food on counter tops cleaned with my solution; I'm not sending anything horrible down the drain and therefor into our land and waterways.  Plus I can create whatever scent I like using various essential oils - with my sensitive sniffer this is a huge benefit!  Add to this the fact that I reuse old t-shirts and yoga pants as rags (I just throw them in the laundry and keep using them for awhile), and cleaning my home has become one of my greenest activities.

So, thanks Sophie and Gorgeously Green, you really have changed my life.

Here is a translation of the cleaning 'recipe' from the book that I've been using as an all-purpose cleaner for the kitchen and bathroom:
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tsp vegetable soap (I get this from the Manly Co-op, and use it as dishwashing liquid)
  • 20 drops tea tree oil
  • 20 drops lavendar essential oil
  • dash of eucalyptus oil
The actual GG recipe doesn't call for the eucalyptus oil and uses 3/4 cup hydrogen peroxide - I suggest you experiment with what you can find in your area to find what works best for you.

A selection of my cleaning ingredients
The tea tree and eucalyptus oils are excellent natural antibacterial and antifungal elements, those of us in Oz should be grateful we have easy access to these fantastic oils.  Make sure any essential oils you use are 100% pure to get the most benefit.

I also have successfully used olive oil as furniture polish and a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda as a spot carpet cleaner.

There are so many options for creating green cleaning solutions that are safe, natural and cheap - I'd love to hear your green cleaning tips or answer any questions you may have. 

Happy green cleaning!

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