Green Goddess: Three basic cleaners you can make in five minutes

Long Lunch 08/05/2018
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Green Goddess basic cleaners by Wendyl Nissen.

Here are three basic cleaners you can make in five minutes. The spray cleaner below is easy to mix up and not only cleans well but fills the air with gorgeous smells. It takes a whole minute to make.

Spray Cleaner:

Nearly fill a 1 litre spray bottle with water. Add 1 teaspoon of  baking soda, a few drops of liquid soap (preferably Dr Bronner’s castile liquid soap,or use Sunlight) and 10 drops of lavender or tea-tree essential oil. Shake together. If you have wooden bench tops, add about 1 teaspoon of olive oil and shake the bottle every time you use it to disperse the oil.

You can use other essential oils in the spray cleaner. In the winter I like to use warm oils, such as cedarwood, rosemary, clove or even some natural vanilla essence, to give the kitchen a cosy smell. In summer, go for citrus smells such as orange, lemon or lime. If flies are a problem use citronella oil which will help deter them.

Glass Cleaner:

Fill a spray bottle with 2 cups water and 1 cup white vinegar. Add a few drops of liquid detergent and a few drops of lavender oil. Spray windows, wipe with a rag and finish off with scrunched-up newspaper.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner:

Throw 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup Wendyl’s Premium white vinegar into the bowl and watch it explode. Leave for 10 minutes, then clean with a brush and flush. To finish, make a solution of 1 cup water to 30 drops tea-tree oil and spray all over the toilet, leaving it to sit there. Also spray on the outside of the toilet and give it a wipe with a damp cloth as bacteria lurk around there.

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