I'd rather not bleach, thank you!

essential oils home Feb 19, 2019

Bleach is so common that most of us connect its smell with cleanliness. To make bleach, a direct electrical current is sent through a sodium chloride solution (table salt and water), which "splits" the atoms leaving chlorine and the caustic soda.

Despite being a corrosive and deadly chemical, bleach can be found under countless kitchen sinks and behind every toilet all over the world - it's complete madness!

Here is a safe alternative, which takes less than 5 minutes to prepare for your monthly supply of all natural toilet bombs:
1 cup baking soda
1/3 cup citric acid (both widely available)
A few sprays of water
20 drops each of Wild Orange and Oregano essential oils

Experiment with scents you like: alternatively use OnGuard immune-protecting blend, TeaTree (Melaleuca) or any other Citrus Oil.
Oregano is nature's powerhouse antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic and antiviral essential oil. You can read just one of the many research articles here, but it can easily replace any of the stronger chemical alternatives in your home with equal, if not better effects.

Citrus oils are loved for their light and clean scent, but they are also excellent in all homemade cleaning recipes. Naturally antibacterial and antiviral, they are commonly used to degrease stubborn stains and freshen the air.

Melaleuca is a great allrounder. It is used to fight germs, bacteria and viruses in everything from wipes, hand-soap to shower gels. Melaleuca is great to deter any bugs and other little pests too.

Mix together in a glass bowl (using a spray bottle prevents the mixture from foaming - you really only need very little water) press into an ice cube tray and leave overnight to dry before storing in an airtight glass container. Drop into the toilet bowl as required, let it fizz out and scrub with a brush as usual. 🍊🌱

You tell me you don’t have time to make toilet bombs and whatnots? I hear you - so here the fast track:
Don’t bother with the ice-cube tray. Place a large spoon full each of baking soda and citric acid into a little bowl, 5 drops of oregano and 5 drops of lemon, pour it straight into your toilet bowl, leave for 10mins or longer, flush.

And, to show you it truly works, here is a photo of one of our ancient toilets that we haven’t replaced yet, before and after. Before you wonder,  this is what hardened limescale looks like. With London water being super hard, limescale was out of hand. Look at it after just an hour of soaking. Not perfect yet, but getting there.

Yes, I did not have citric acid and baking soda lying around either to start with. But I had plenty of Bleach and toilet cleaners. If you can buy one, you can buy the other. Removing all toxic cleaners from our home has made a huge difference to our energy levels too.

Proximity is the key to success - my ingredients are in the cleaning cupboard, and it literally takes 2 minutes to throw into a bowl and mix it.
What is your excuse not to?

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