This is actually a game changer! When did we stop using mother nature, it was a pretty bad idea! But now we are back on the right track 🙂
Try this one and tell me you want to go back to the toxic stuff!
* 1/2 teaspoon liquid Castile soap
* 1/4 cup white vinegar
* 25 drops of citrus essential oils
* distilled water (as needed)
* 500 ml spray bottle
* Pour the soap, vinegar and essential oils into the spray bottle
* fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water, screw on the pump, and shake heavily
* spray directly on glass windows and mirrors for cleaning.
* I use a microfibre cloth to do a bit of the hard work too.
Dishwasher tablets have been a sticking point for me. I love the Ecostore ones and the Abode dishwashing powder is next level and so low tox it’s a no-brainer. However, I wanted to make my own and it took me a few goes to get these ones down pat! They work so well so I am happy to endorse them on this website. Please let me know how you go!
* 1/4 cup Bi-carb Soda
* 1/4 cup Citric Acid
* 1/4 cup Sea Salt
* 1 tablespoon Cornstarch
* 1/2 tablespoon Pure-Castile Liquid Soap (you could also use On Guard Cleaner Concentrate)
* 20 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
* 15 drops Lemon Essential Oil
* Silicone ice cube mould (or similar)
* Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
* Pour in the castile soap and essential oils, and mix. You should have a dry crumbly mixture that holds together when squeezed. Add a little more castile if needed.
* Pack the natural dishwasher detergent mixture into the mould and leave to dry for 24 hours.
* Once set, remove from the mould and store in an airtight container.
* I used Lemon Myrtle and it was amazing. Get your hands on these oils here.
* Every week, put some apple cider vinegar in the rinse aid compartment. This will help keep your dishwasher clean of grease and grime, and your dishes sparkling!
I hope people aren’t still using the toxic fabric cleaners but I know if you have found yourself in the dilemma where you were trying to find an alternative I would love you to try this one!
You can choose whatever essential oils you like, maybe Lavender for your sheets, or Wild Orange for your towels. It works beautifully and is literally no tox.
* 20-30 drops of essential oils of your choice, get them here
* 540g epsom salts
* 95g bicarbonate of soda
* Mix the essential oils into the Epsom salts
* Mix in the bicarbonate of soda.
* Keep in a jar.
* About halfway through a wash (or even from the beginning) add 1/3 cup of your mixture.
Some of our most toxic cleaners are saved for the toilet and then we sit with our most vulnerable parts directly on these surfaces. I think this is one of the most important alternative to traditional cleaners so I wasn’t going to leave this one off.
You can be so versatile with this cleaner and store it in your spare glass containers for use over time. I love the different smells you can create and how amazing the toilet shines after using this one. You can get your beautiful doTERRA oils here.
* 95g bicarbonate of soda
* 10 drops Eucalyptus or tea-tree oil (I actually love Siberian Fir)
* 125mL white vinegar
* 2 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide (optional)
* Sprinkle the bicarbonate of soda (+ hydrogen peroxide) around the loo.
* Drop the oil into the toilet bowl water.
* Pour the vinegar over the sprinkled bicarbonate of soda and, as it bubbles up, use your toilet brush to swirl things around and scrub.
* Leave for 20 minutes before flushing
Cleaning can be so simple!
What do you use for cleaning?
🍃We have definitely been conditioned to need chemicals for cleaning. Our household has been chemical free for the past 3.5 years and our house is very clean! We have 2 big dogs and our house DOES NOT SMELL like dogs 🐶🐶.
🍃I have transitioned to essential oils for my cleaning over the past couple of years and I haven’t looked back. I don’t even use vinegar anymore because it’s not needed (and stone bench tops don’t love it).
🍃I have been asked to check so many “natural” “organic” “pure” cleaning products in the last few years and most don’t stack up because there is no standard. THERE IS NO STANDARD OR GUIDELINES in Australia to determine whether something is allowed to have Natural, Organic or Pure on the label! This creates much confusion to the masses and I am keen to direct you to some trusted sources. The 2 below are the most easily accessible and when you find one that is good, you stick to it! Until you find out how simple DIY is.
🍃1. Abode: This is a beautiful Australian brand that was created by a couple in Queensland who were sick of the chemicals in their environment so decided to make their own. Then family and friends started to jump on board and then the whole of Australia! This is your lowest tox, pre-prepared cleaning products. They seem to be concerned and conscious about the environment as well so that gets the tick of approval from me too.
🍃2. Ecostore: This brand is the entry level to people transitioning to low tox cleaning products. They are available at Woolworths and is easy to put into your trolley if you are still shopping at the big ones. Be careful with these guys though, DO NOT USE their personal care products like shampoo and conditioner or bubble bath. The cleaning products pass the low tox numbers.
🍃3. DIY is the best: The ingredient list is too long on all those cleaners but to be honest cleaning can be SO simple.
* 1/4 cup white vinegar (unless a porous benchtop – use 1 tablespoon of Castile soap instead, I personally don’t use vinegar at all)
* fill the rest with distilled water
* 30 drops of essential oil
* On Guard: powerful mould killer
* Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lemon, Wild Orange, any citrus oils, Lavender, Rosemary… (get your oils here)
I am normally pretty basic when it comes to skincare but I have started to experiment with different DIY recipes along the way. My workplace decided to become a little toxic due to some new furniture and my skin wasn’t happy for a while so I experimented with upping my skincare routine.
I came across this beautiful skin toner recipe and have tweaked it a little. I use 100% pure dōTERRA essential oils. This is the secret ingredient, if it’s not 100% pure then ditch it. Non-pure essential oils use fillers and synthetic ingredients to fill the bottle and it’s not great for you skin. If you would like to get your hands on some beautiful, 100% pure essential oils from a beautifully sustainable and conscious company then click here.
1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil
5 drops Geranium EO
5 drops Frankincense EO
5 drops Cedarwood EO
Fill the bottle with Witch Hazel (reduces inflammation, decreases oil and redness, minimise appearance of pores)
(If you have the dōTERRA Home Essentials Kit you can use Lavender & Frankincense, then when you want to upgrade your oils to next level add Geranium and Cedarwood to your cart)
Combine all ingredients in a 100- 120ml bottle and there you have it.
Nothing else, no nasties, no parabens, no toxic fragrances, just pure beautiful ingredients to put on your skin.
Let us know how you go and share on our social media page, Love.Oil.Collective.
A quick, easy, amazing dinner for those ‘can’t be bothered’ evenings!
I’m not really sure where I first heard about Nourish bowls but I have loved them regularly this year. They are so versatile, you can literally put anything in there. I have been experimenting with them for a few months and I haven’t had a bad one yet. My husband is blown away every time, which is always nice! The ingredients I have chosen for this one are just the usual go to’s but you can add anything you like. I try and make this our veggie meal during the week but I sometimes add home made pate or fish. Enjoy xo
- 1 Tbsp sumac
- 1/2 head of brocolli
- 1 Tbsp olive oil/coconut oil melted
- Kale chips
- 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 1 avocado
- 1 tsp garam marsala
- salt to taste
- juice of half a small lemon
- Caramelised onions
- 500g onions chopped
- 2 Tbsp Rapadura
- 2 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- (there will be left overs)
- Sweet potato
- 1/2 large sweet potato
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- salt and pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 3 button mushrooms chopped
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees, or 160 degrees fan-forced
- Caramalised onion: I use the thermo-chef (the poor man’s thermomix)
- Place all ingredients in the bowl
- speed 1 (or reverse), Varoma, 10 minutes, measuring cup (MC) on.
- When finished scrape down sides, repeat with the MC off for 10 minutes
- Meanwhile, chop all vegetables
- Chop sweet potato into small chunks, cover with cinnamon/oil/salt, 45 minutes in oven.
- Place mushrooms and broccoli in the oven for about 25 minutes (choose your crunch)
- Massage the oil into the kale, place in oven for about 20 minutes or until super crunchy.
- Place thinly sliced silver beet and ingredients in a fry pain on medium heat and saute until tender.
- Place all guacamole ingredients in the mixer and whizz up.
- Plate up.
- All ingredients are placed in a bowl and eaten all together.
- This is so easy and so yummy, please give it a go! Enjoy xo