basic ingredients

A few simple ingredients will help you cut down on chemicals…

There is a growing range of chemical-free, plant-based cleaning, bodycare and pest control products on the market, but it’s also cheap and easy to create your own with simple ingredients and tried-and-tested formulas.

Basics: bicarb of soda, washing soda crystals, pure soap, borax, white vinegar, lemon, salt, aloe vera.

Optional: eucalyptus oil, tea-tree oil, lavender oil, olive oil, linseed oil, peppermint oil.

Equipment: microfibre cloths; a plant-misting water bottle for sprays.

Mixtures needn’t be precise. A vinegar/water spray should be about 50:50.

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