Low Tox cleaning

Low Tox cleaning

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The number of chemicals that we allow ourselves to be exposed to on a daily basis is SCARY. I’m still on my mission to cut the number of toxic products that I purchase and use and have so far enjoyed getting on the DIY bandwagon, gradually replacing items with natural alternatives.

Hence the low-tox post!

I’ve made a couple of cleaners recently and refined a few recipes with a bit of inspiration from my SIL, Bianca and her bottle of vodka!

The first one, is a glass cleaner and I’m storing mine in an amber glass spray bottle that I purchased from Taylor Natural

Lemon and Peppermint Sparkling Glass Cleaner

Ratio of 1:1:2

Vinegar : Vodka : Water

5 drops peppermint

5 drops lemon/bergamot/wild orange – a citrus oil of your choosing.

Pour ingredients into the bottle and give it a little shake before each use.

You can also mix up the oil combinations – citrus is always good to include for cleaning.

I got this combo and slightly modified the recipe from Kim Reid 🙂

Bathroom Shower, tile and toilet cleaner

3/4 rounded cup baking soda
1/4 cup liquid castile soap
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon vinegar
10 drops Lemon essential oil

 

Combine the ingredients and mix to a soft paste. This can be stored for a short time but will be most effective if you make small batches regularly for when you need it.

I found this recipe on the doterra blog here and used it today to clean the toilet. No bleach! Worked a treat!!

Let me know if you give them a go 🙂  or if you have a recipe to share with me!

Erin x

Send me a message if you’d like to try the lemon or peppermint oil that I use! I can pop a sample in the mail if you like! Or visit My doTERRA page to purchase.

 

DIY epsom salt bath and a little blogger announcement

DIY epsom salt bath and a little blogger announcement

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So the word is out! Thanks to Steve’s clever post of the photo collage, it’s finally Facebook official! We’re expecting our first baby on April the 6th.

So why the DIY epsom salt bath you ask?

I’ve been trying lots of things throughout the first half of the pregnancy to help reduce the stress and craziness of life. Things that help me (read: force me!) to slow down.

I’ve been very lucky in terms of morning sickness – very few issues in this department. We’ve had a few other things to keep our minds occupied at the beginning of the pregnancy so it hasn’t been without its ups and downs and stressful times.

Some of the things I’ve been up to while keeping the news quiet…

  • Practicing yoga – with Yoga in Daily Life
  • Being mindful – Listening to and implementing lots of Rachael Kable‘s suggestions from ‘The Mindful Kind’ podcast.
  • Saying NO – when I can and sometimes when I just have to. This is something that’s really hard for me to do!
  • Visiting a Chinese medicine practitioner for acupuncture – Silvia at Chi Temple… so lovely and helpful! She has also hooked me up with supplements and given me a multitude of suggestions and much appreciated advice throughout my pregnancy. You can also find her on Facebook here
  • Using essential oils – like they’re going out of fashion (but only since I got out of the get-me-away-from-that-smell-now phase!)
  • Trying to get plenty of sleep – another boon for me. Self-proclaimed night owl!

This epsom salt DIY bath is next on my list to try.

It’s made.

Now to make time to give it a go!

IMG_9916.JPGHere’s how to make a jar for yourself…

It’s as easy as mixing all of the ingredients and storing them in a random and hopefully recycled jar!

  • 2 C Epsom salts
  • 1/2 C Baking Soda
  • 30 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • Dried lavender (optional – I only added it as I had some from mum that she dried!)

I’ll let you know how it goes when I try it!!

Erin xx

Adapted from a recipe shared on the doTERRA everyday blog

If you’d like a sample of Lavender or Peppermint Oil or you’re interested in purchasing, get in contact with me via message, on my Facebook page, Healthy Erin or via my doTERRA page