Friday, November 9, 2012
natural alternatives around the home
Children seem to bring change in more ways than one. For the better I think. For me, it made me look at everything in a new light, and question things I had never even thought twice about before. Shortly after having Abbie I became interested in Steiner education and philosophy and with this came awareness about natural, organic, biodynamic and sustainable alternatives.
Some of the ways we like to avoid chemicals around our home....
:: fabric softener is made using vinegar mixed with essential oils. I simply keep a bottle of cheap white vinegar from the supermarket in the laundry and bottles of essential oils; I add a good glug of the vinegar, then a few drops of an essential oil. Lavender is my usual. Tea tree oil has wonderful disinfectant properties.
:: kitchen benches are wiped down with a spray bottle filled with vinegar and peppermint essential oil.
:: the kitchen sink and the stove are scrubbed with bicarb soda
:: Murchison Hume Heirloom Dishwashing Liquid for when I am feeling a little indulgent. The amber glass jar is sturdy and looks just a little bit special...it makes doing the dishes more enjoyable. When it runs out I refill with a cheaper eco cleaner that I buy in bulk to save money.
:: toothpaste is made using natural Dolomite (calcium and magnesium), coconut oil and peppermint essential oil.*
:: mozzie bites are rubbed with lavender essential oil
:: when cold and flus are about, Rosemary and Lavender essential oils are mixed with water and used as an air sanitiser - inspiration here and some other great cold/ flu remedies.
:: white vinegar in a spray bottle is used to clean off mould and then a solution of clove oil** and water is wiped on the surface to prevent it from growing back
:: coconut oil is used as sunscreen***, face wash and moisturiser.
:: dish brushes are cleaned in a glass jar with biarb, orange peel, vinegar and water
::wooden chopping boards are rubbed down with half a lemon and salt
:: colloidal silver is used to spray onto burns****. Egg whites are also great.
I'd love to know your favourite natural alternative?
*We stopped using toothpaste with fluoride a few years ago. Recently I have been reading a bit here and there about glycerin and other ingredients in toothpaste (even the natural ones) and how it may stop the remineralisation of your teeth. I have just started reading this to gain a bit more perspective and shall be continuing my research.
**be careful with clove oil and little ones
*** I wrote here briefly about sunscreen. If you would like to learn more, watch this. In addition to coconut oil, for long days in the sun, we prefer to wear a hat and loose long sleeved top.
**** Thanks Lise x