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How to spring clean – chemically free | Figmint Catering

How to spring clean – chemically free



I am a big believer in doing as much as we can to look after our beautiful planet. I know we can’t be perfect all of the time, but we can all try to do our best. We can all recycle. We can all make as much of our food from scratch as possible to avoid processed foods and  save on the amount of packing that needs to be disposed of.


We can also make our own cleaning products for around the house. Chemical laden commercial products have a huge impact on the environment. They pollute our planet in various different ways. They are sprayed into the air, flushed down toilets and washed down sinks, thrown into the trash and dumped into the ground. All the while releasing their toxins, contributing to the depletion of the ozone layer, polluting our water, contaminating our soil and harming animals, fish and plants (and us!).


We all know the saying “we are what we eat”  but we need to consider that we are also what we digest and absorb.


Personally, I can’t stand the smell of commercial cleaning products and I’m certainly not happy about the fact that they can be absorbed into my body through inhalation or absorbed via my skin. If I there is an ingredient that I don’t recognise, or a strange word that I can’t even pronounce, I don’t want it near me, my house or my planet.


There are plenty of natural cleaning products on the market today and many homes are using them but you can just as easily make your own with everyday household products that you probably already have at hand.


Here are some recipes for various cleaners you can use around your home. (Remember to purchase only 100% pure essential oils, and to keep all cleaning products stored safely from children and pets).


All-Purpose Spray Cleaner (not for stone or granite surfaces)


1/4 cup white vinegar

2 cups water

10 drops Eucalyptus Oil

10 drops Tea Tree Oil

10 drops Orange Essential oil


Add all ingredients to a spray bottle. Shake thoroughly before spraying.


Stone & Granite Cleaner


3 tablespoons rubbing alcohol

2 cups water

1/4 teaspoon Castile soap

10 drops eucalyptus oil


Add all ingredients to a spray bottle. Shake thoroughly before spraying.


Peppermint Glass & Mirror Cleaner


2 cups water

2 tablespoons white vinegar

2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol

5 drops Peppermint essential oil


Add all ingredients to a spray bottle. Shake before using. Spray and wipe with a soft cloth.


Disinfecting Toilet & Bowl Cleaner 


1/2 cup baking soda

1/4 cup vinegar

5 drops Tea Tree oil

5 drops Lavender essential oil


Add the oils to the vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the inside of the toilet bowl with the vinegar mixture, and then sprinkle on the baking soda. It should be fizzy; if not, spray with a bit more vinegar.  Let sit for 10 mins or so, scrub with your toilet brush and flush.


Lemon Microwave Cleaner


1 fresh lemon, juiced

2 cups water


Put the water and squeezed lemon with juice into a bowl and place inside the microwave. Run the microwave until the water boils (3-5mins). Let rest for a few minutes, remove the bowl and wipe clean.


Mould Remover


1/8 tsp Clove essential oil

1 litre of water


Add all ingredients to a spray bottle. Shake before using. Spray on anywhere you have mold issues; e.g mold in shower, grouting, sink, walls, outdoor shade sails and furniture, umbrellas and even clothes, canvas shoes etc.  Wearing gloves is recommended when cleaning with clove essential oil.


Tile, Grout & Sink Cleaner


1/8 cup Castile soap

1/8 cup water

½ cup baking soda

10 drops Eucalyptus essential oil


Mix all the ingredients together. You can add more water depending on how thin or thick you want the mixture to be. Paint on with foam craft brush (or your hand if you want to). Let sit for 15 – 20 min. Get it wet with a spray bottle, scrub with a scouring pad, and wipe clean with a wet cloth.




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