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It seems like everyone is "Hinching" these days. All over Instagram and Facebook people are proudly showing their spotless homes and cleaning product stashes.

I am happy to say I am possibly one of the few people around at the moment who doesn't enjoy cleaning; it's a necessity. But it did make me think; is cleaning actually good for us?

So I did some research into the effects of cleaning products and found some pretty eye-opening stats.

Did you know asthma rates in women have risen 82% due to exposure to household chemicals? In fact, 50% of all illness is due to poor indoor air quality and 95% of adults and children in a recent study tested positive for toxic chemicals in their blood. This might explain why, sadly, rates of children's cancers have increased 28% since the addition of pesticides into household products.

So these shocking stats may be enough to make you banish the Vanish (or other cleaning products) but what should you use instead?

Well, instead of heading to the cleaning aisle of a supermarket, we buy staples like bicarbonate of soda, borax, white vinegar and soda crystals. These are my go-to cleaning products. No nasties, just natural minerals! 🙂

Here are some quick cleaning recipes:

  • 🍋You can brighten white laundry with lemon juice. It doesn’t have to be fresh – bottled juice works just as well. Pop half a cup of juice in the detergent drawer.

  • 🧺Also, you can clean your washing machine by putting white vinegar in the drawer and sprinkling bicarb of soda in the drum and running on the hottest setting. Keeps the machine clean and fresh (especially important if you're using Eco-eggs!).

  • 🧴To clean surfaces, mix together two teaspoons of borax, four tablespoons of vinegar and three cups hot water. For stronger cleaning power, add 1/4 teaspoon of liquid castile soap. Wipe on with a dampened cloth or use a non-aerosol spray bottle.

  • 🛁Pour a couple of teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda straight onto your sink and clean. It will shine just as well as a chemical cleaner.

  • ☕Citric Acid is a great descaler. Pop some in a kettle half full of boiled water, leave for 15minutes and rinse thoroughly before use. Sparkling!

Our distribution company Wikaniko have a retro cleaning guide available as a pdf with more ideas. If you'd like to see it, drop us a line or fill in a contact form and we can send one to you.

Or check out our Citric Acid blog for even more ideas! 💚🍋😊

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