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Cleaning Your Shower & Toilet Without The Nasties

Cleaning Your Shower & Toilet Without The Nasties

It seems that you guys love to see photos of my icky toilet and shower because whenever I share before and after images on Facebook or Instagram, interaction is off the charts!

Here are photos of my shower screens before and after I used the following (very simple) method to clean them. (Note that I hadn’t actually cleaned my glass for a good 8-12 weeks – nope, not joking! ?)

Not bad, right? All it took was a few ingredients, 20-30 minutes of my time and the willingness to participate in a very light workout. I am the first one to encourage muscle-power over harsh chemicals, and some of my recipes require this, but not this one, no sir. I hardly broke a sweat, scout’s honour.

And how is this, from Kelly in the Facebook Discussion GroupMore proof that we don’t need to use heavy duty, store-bought cleaning products to achieve results like this!

 

Makes: 270 g | 9.5 oz Prep time: < 5 min.

Ingredients

3/4 cup | 200 g | 7.1 oz citric acid

1/4 cup | 70 g | 2.5 oz sodium bicarbonate

30 drops of essential oils

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oil in this recipe is clove but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

 

Method

1. Add citric acid, sodium bicarbonate and essential oils to a bowl and mix until combined.

2. Transfer into container of choice.

 

To Use

In shower

Add mixture to a large bowl and slowly add enough water to make a paste. Use a microfibre cleaning cloth to smear over shower screens and tiles until covered. Leave for 20-30 minutes. Scrub well (with the same cleaning cloth or a scrubbing brush), then rinse well and dry.

In toilet bowl

Sprinkle mixture into toilet bowl and use toilet brush to scrub around sides and under rim. Leave for 20-30 minutes. Scrub again before flushing once or twice. Repeat process if necessary.

 


Recipe Notes

  • To avoid a sticky residue, make sure you rinse off all of the mixture completely.
  • If you have black tiles, test first in an inconspicuous area.
  • I strongly suggest you check out the blog posts under “Recommended Reading”.
Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

With a background in health promotion, Krissy's passion is to educate and increase awareness on reducing the number of toxins that people expose themselves to on a daily basis, through an honest, simple and realistic approach.

She has sold over 20,000 self-published books and is now published as the author of Naturally Inspired, Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning.

Her recipes have taken her to the screen on more than one occasion, with morning TV appearances, and she received recognition as a ‘Woman Who Will Change The World’ in the AusMumpreneur business awards in 2018.

Hand Sanitising Spray

Hand Sanitising Spray

This spray is my go-to recipe when it comes to on-the-go-germ-fighting-fluid-in-a-spray-bottle! Since we stopped frantically killing the germs (good and bad) from our bodies, we’re actually much healthier and our hands are less irritated. And it’s no wonder; some of the ingredients in mainstream hand sanitising sprays have been linked to endocrine-disruption, skin irritation and organ system toxicity (plus toxicity to aquatics and environmental persistence).

Triclosan-containing soap products were not found to provide any additional skin-sanitizing benefits compared to soap not containing Triclosan. In addition, TCS was found to produce bacterial resistance via target site modification which decreased the inhibitory effect of this chemical. With research findings like this, it’s a wonder we are still seeing it in personal care products. Even though regular soap and water is more effective at cleaning and is the ideal solution for dirty hands, I can see how sanitiser is handy to have when you’re on the go.

So, rather than spend your time analysing labels, or chance compromising your health, why not make your own?

This hand sanitising spray recipe contains some powerful essential oils which are highly antibacterial and antimicrobial, and won’t dry your hands (well, it doesn’t dry ours). Does it destroy all of the germs on your hands? Unlikely. But it is enough to give me some peace of mind when I’m out and about and don’t have access to a sink, soap and water.

Because it contains water and essential oils, I suggest shaking it well, making it in small batches and reading all of my recommended reading notes.

 

Makes: 50 g | 1.8 oz Prep time: < 5 min.

Ingredients

50 g | 1.8 oz water

1 heavy pinch salt

30 drops of essential oils

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are tea tree, thyme and cinnamon, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

Method

1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until combined.

2. Transfer into container of choice. (I use a glass bottle with spray atomiser).

To Use

Spray hands as required. Since oil and water don’t mix, you’ll need to shake well prior to each use.

Recipe Notes

  • You might find it easier to add ingredients directly into your chosen container and shake to combine. Add essential oils first to lessen the risk of them overflowing when you secure your lid.
  • I strongly suggest you check out the blog posts under “Recommended Reading”.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

With a background in health promotion, Krissy's passion is to educate and increase awareness on reducing the number of toxins that people expose themselves to on a daily basis, through an honest, simple and realistic approach.

She has sold over 20,000 self-published books and is now published as the author of Naturally Inspired, Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning.

Her recipes have taken her to the screen on more than one occasion, with morning TV appearances, and she received recognition as a ‘Woman Who Will Change The World’ in the AusMumpreneur business awards in 2018.

Magnesium Gel

Magnesium Gel

Magnesium Oil is pretty wonderful and definitely a simpler recipe to make, but when you need to target tense shoulders or restless legs, magnesium gel is definitely easier to apply! I incorporate magnesium into my body care routine, and I also take a powder supplement, and as a result, I honestly have never felt better: less tension, less headaches, better sleep – who wouldn’t want all of that!

Low magnesium levels are typically diagnosed by symptoms as it is hard to get an accurate gauge through blood tests alone. Here are a few symptoms of magnesium deficiency:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • High stress levels
  • Insomnia, difficulty sleeping
  • Restless legs
  • Nausea
  • Low blood pressure
  • Headaches, migraines, cluster headaches
  • Muscles aches and pains
  • Hair loss

So, if you have already discovered the wonders of magnesium oil, you will absolutely appreciate the awesomeness of this recipe. If you’re yet to try adding magnesium to your life, I highly encourage you give it a go. Magnesium oil has a tendency of causing a mild tingling feeling, however, I find this gel recipe to be a lot less tingly. As far as I am aware, magnesium is safe to apply on all ages, and during pregnancy (but, if you’re doubtful, do your own research).

Makes: 200 g | 7 oz Prep time: < 5 min.

Ingredients  

100g | 3.5 oz magnesium chloride flakes

1 tsp (flat, approx 2g) xanthan gum

100g | 3.5 oz hot water

20-30 drops essential oils

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are lemon and lavender, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

Method

1. Combine magnesium chloride flakes and xanthan gum in a bowl and mix until well combined.

2. Add hot water and mix quickly until ingredients are well distributed, smooth and combined.

3. Add essential oils and mix well.

4. Transfer into container of choice.

To Use

Apply apply to areas of body that hold tension, such as shoulders and back, and to sore joints and muscles.

Recipe Notes

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

With a background in health promotion, Krissy's passion is to educate and increase awareness on reducing the number of toxins that people expose themselves to on a daily basis, through an honest, simple and realistic approach.

She has sold over 20,000 self-published books and is now published as the author of Naturally Inspired, Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning.

Her recipes have taken her to the screen on more than one occasion, with morning TV appearances, and she received recognition as a ‘Woman Who Will Change The World’ in the AusMumpreneur business awards in 2018.

Solid Moisturising Bars

Solid Moisturising Bars

I love the convenience of these bars when I am travelling and don’t want to run the risk of my beautiful DIY butters and balms liquefying in the car. These bars are deeply moisturing for dry skin. They also make gorgeous gifts; you can make them weeks in advance, so there’s no excuse not to get busy in the kitchen and stock your gift cupboard.

I’ve made a this quick video to show you just how easy they are to make. The high ratio of beeswax means that the mixture sets quite quickly, so don’t leave this one in your bowl too long before filling your moulds. Also note that you can sub the beeswax for candelilla wax (handy to know if you’re a vegan) – just halve the quantity.

Ingredients: 100 g | 3.5 oz shea butter, 100 g | 3.5 oz carrier oil, 50 g | 1.8 oz beeswax, 40 drops of essential oils.

Full recipe available in Naturally Inspired – grab your copy today!

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

With a background in health promotion, Krissy's passion is to educate and increase awareness on reducing the number of toxins that people expose themselves to on a daily basis, through an honest, simple and realistic approach.

She has sold over 20,000 self-published books and is now published as the author of Naturally Inspired, Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning.

Her recipes have taken her to the screen on more than one occasion, with morning TV appearances, and she received recognition as a ‘Woman Who Will Change The World’ in the AusMumpreneur business awards in 2018.

Citrus Cleaning Spray

Citrus Cleaning Spray

This citrus cleaning spray is now my go-to for all cleaning. It is particularly awesome at cleaning greasy splashbacks and getting grubby marks off my walls (why do my kids insist on touching them, climbing them, rubbing their feet all over them???).

I’ve made a little video to show you just how easy it is to make. Yes, you need to be a little organised, but, if you’re mindful to put all of your citrus peels into jars and covering them with vinegar, you’ll always have some brewing. 

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

With a background in health promotion, Krissy's passion is to educate and increase awareness on reducing the number of toxins that people expose themselves to on a daily basis, through an honest, simple and realistic approach.

She has sold over 20,000 self-published books and is now published as the author of Naturally Inspired, Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning.

Her recipes have taken her to the screen on more than one occasion, with morning TV appearances, and she received recognition as a ‘Woman Who Will Change The World’ in the AusMumpreneur business awards in 2018.

Recommended Reading for DIY

Recommended Reading for DIY

I highly recommend you read the following blog posts before getting busy with DIY.

This advice aims to keep you fully informed, and will help you see the most recipe success (and maintain your sanity)! You’ll get advice on choosing essential oils and handy tips when cleaning up after DIY. Plus, you can access my list of recommended, and community-suggested, suppliers. 

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

With a background in health promotion, Krissy's passion is to educate and increase awareness on reducing the number of toxins that people expose themselves to on a daily basis, through an honest, simple and realistic approach.

She has sold over 20,000 self-published books and is now published as the author of Naturally Inspired, Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning.

Her recipes have taken her to the screen on more than one occasion, with morning TV appearances, and she received recognition as a ‘Woman Who Will Change The World’ in the AusMumpreneur business awards in 2018.

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