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Healthy Home, Healthy Mind: Eco Friendly Cleaning Products and Tips For Staying Healthy
Practicing excellent hygiene has never been more crucial before now. We never take our health for granted, but recent weeks have shown us that it's more important than ever to look after ourselves, and one another
Keeping your home sanitised and spotless is one of the steps that we can all take to help protect our health and the spread of the Covid-19 virus. If, like us, you’re spending your days inside, why not take the opportunity to give your home a thorough and green clean?
Regular household cleaners are often filled with many toxic chemicals, so what if we told you that you can get the same great results from eco friendly cleaning products?
We’ve listed the hidden uses and incredible cleaning properties of our favourite eco friendly cleaning products, and we’ll also show you how to mix up your own homemade cleaning products to tackle any stain or surface.
Before we get into the importance of practicing good hygiene in the home, we want to talk about how you can look after yourself too. Keeping your body and mind fit during these uncertain times is important, so we couldn't resist sharing our tips for staying healthy at home. Plus, you'll be much more in the mood for that deep clean after these!
Tips for staying healthy at home
1. Exercise for 20-30 minutes each day
Physical activity is vital for boosting your immune system. Exercising has a number of benefits for the body of course, but one of the most important now is that the motion of muscle contractions helps the lymphatic system to drain toxins from your body.
At home, aim for 20-30 minutes of moderate exercise a day. If you don’t have access to work out equipment, make the most of the space that you have available. Move around your home and walk up and down the stairs as often as you can.
2. Eat healthy
Try to incorporate as many antioxidant-rich foods, like berries, garlic and onion, as possible into your diet. These are essential for building up your immune system. Foods rich in anti-inflammatories, like mushrooms, ginger and turmeric, also contribute towards maintaining a strong immune system.
If you’re finding it difficult to source fresh fruit and vegetables, try adding natural nutritional supplements into your diet. Our wide range of all-natural and ethical food supplements are available in a range of forms. They’re an easy way to help your body get all of the nutrients that it needs to stay strong.
3. Stay hydrated
Another way that we can help our immune system to fight off any infection is to keep hydrated. It’s necessary for all aspects of our health, but right now drinking plenty of water is key to supporting our bodily functions and naturally flushing out any toxins from our body. So put down your fizzy drinks and alcohol and remember to keep sipping water.
4. Improve your sleep hygiene
When we sleep, it’s our body’s time to repair and recover from everyday wear and tear. If we don’t give ourselves enough time to sleep, our immune system won’t be working to its optimum ability. We should also focus on improving the quality of our sleep. Stop using your phone at least an hour before you sleep, dim the lights and avoid drinking alcohol or doing physical exercise too close to bedtime. These steps will help to ensure that we get the best possible quality of sleep. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep a night.
5. Try to destress
We understand that the uncertainty of our situation and lack of social interaction can cause a sense of loneliness and isolation. While we can’t promise to fix these things, we want to offer you ideas on how you can feel more positive about staying at home.
Participating in virtual video calls and interactions with your loved ones is a great way to stay connected when you’re feeling most secluded. Enjoy recreational activities like watching TV, listening to music, reading a book or taking up a new hobby to help pass the time. Practice yoga or meditation to ease your mind.
If you’re looking for a way to boost your mood, why not try our essential oils - a great way to stimulate our minds and improve our wellbeing.
6. Wash your hands
We’re sure that you’ve heard this plenty of times, but we can’t stress the importance of regularly washing your hands. Help to keep viruses and bad bacteria at bay by washing your hands often and thoroughly with an antibacterial soap.
Washing your hands is one of the best ways to defend against and protect yourself from harmful bacteria, but ensuring that you practice excellent hygiene in your home and with your belongings is just as important.
Eco friendly cleaning products
Baking Soda/Bicarbonate of Soda
The hero of all natural cleaners, baking soda is a common ingredient in many homemade cleaning products due to its abrasive texture and reactive nature.
The chemical properties of baking soda allow it to act as a great, natural odour eliminator. Unlike many air fresheners, the white powder actually reacts with the acids in household smells to neutralise them rather than masking them.
This acid-based reaction makes baking powder the perfect partner with vinegar. When paired together, the two create a chemical reaction that works wonders to cut through grease and unclog your drains.
Sometimes you might need some extra elbow grease, and that’s where baking soda can help you to dislodge tough stains. Its gritty texture makes it an effective cleaner for a number of household surfaces.
While its explosive chemical reaction may seem like a cause for concern, rest assured. Baking soda is a type of salt, making it 100% natural and completely biodegradable.
Distilled White Vinegar
If you thought that baking soda was versatile, wait until you try distilled white vinegar. White vinegar is an all-natural acidic liquid with disinfectant properties that are proven to effectively kill bacteria. Cheap and versatile, it can be used safely all around your home to clean mold, disinfect your kitchen or for everyday cleaning.
Just like baking soda, it’s great for cutting through grease and grime. Depending on the task at hand, white vinegar can be diluted with water for general cleaning. Or apply it concentrated to problem areas in your bathroom to dissolve hard water deposits.
One noticeable drawback to using vinegar is it’s scent. It might be unpleasant to some, however it quickly and completely fades after use, and also takes away unwanted home odours with it. Just make sure that you follow up with a damp cloth or a splash of water. If the scent bothers you, you can always add a few drops of organic essential oil to your vinegar-based cleaners.
On the topic of essential oils, there are many other uses for them apart from combatting the smell of vinegar in your homemade cleaning products. Did you know that many essential oils are naturally antibacterial and do a great job fighting off germs?
As they’re all-natural and non-toxic, they’re the perfect ingredient to add to your green cleaning regime. Fushi organic essential oils are all organic, earth friendly and pressed using the freshest plants from this season’s harvest, so you know you’re getting only the best.
These oils are super versatile, and each one has a whole host of cleaning properties. Lemon oil cuts through dirt and grease with ease, leaving a refreshing citrus scent in its wake. Tea tree oil is one of the strongest oils, and has been proven to fight off bad bacteria and viruses. Lavender is one of our favourite oils to clean with. It’s uplifting scent spreads through your home, leaving you feeling relaxed.
While these oils are all plant-based, you still need to be careful how you use them. Never apply essential oils directly to your surfaces, always dilute them in water or another carrier liquid.
Lemon juice is one of the strongest food acids, proven in its antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Even though it’s part of a different family of acids to vinegar, lemon juice is just as effective at cleaning.
The citric acid in lemon juice easily breaks down dirt and grime, tackling a variety of stains and making them a breeze for you to wipe away. The acidity of lemon juice also makes it great for banishing odours, removing mold and killing a range of bacteria. When scrubbing, don’t forget about the fleshy part of the lemon either. Use a slice of lemon as a scourer for those extra tough and hard-to-clean areas.
Lemon juice also acts as a natural bleaching agent. It’ll whiten any clothing and make short work of stained fabrics and surfaces.
Beware - lemon juice’s filth-fighting powers are not to be underestimated. Avoid using it on marble or brass-plated surfaces. The acid can be too strong for some delicate materials.
An effective, eco friendly cleaner that can be used in a range of ways to have your home sparkling in no time. Salt is all-natural, affordable and does no harm to the environment when used in moderation. That’s right, the same table salt that you use to season your meals is also the very thing that can help you clean.
The grainy, crystal-like texture of salt makes it a gentle scouring agent. When you apply salt to surfaces, the sharp edges of the salt effortlessly scrape away dried-on stains and dirt. And as a natural, edible ingredient, salt is perfect for using on surfaces in the kitchen like chopping boards and cooker hobs.
Like vinegar and baking soda, salt is even more powerful when mixed with other eco friendly ingredients. Combine with an acid like lemon juice, and the paste can be used to clean a range of things in your home. It acts as a catalyst to enhance the cleaning powers of other products.
Salt also has one other useful benefit that you won’t find in many traditional, chemical cleaners. Due to it’s highly absorbent nature, it’s extremely useful for mopping up spills and preventing stains from causing long-lasting damage.
Cornstarch is a superfine powder made from ground up corn kernels. It’s also entirely eco friendly (and gluten-free). Much like baking soda, the grains in cornstarch make it useful for absorbing odours and scrubbing stains due to its naturally abrasive feel.
As well as tackling grease stains and soap build up, cornstarch especially shines as a natural glass polish. Mix it with water and white vinegar and apply to your windows to leave the glass streak-free and gleaming, with no nasty residue.
A paste of cornstarch and water also works to polish your best silverware, pots and pans and even on wooden surfaces too.
One of the most unsuspected eco friendly cleaning products that you might have in your home, olive oil is a healthy cooking oil that doubles up as a universal household staple. Use it to clean, maintain and repair various things around your home. It’s green and effective, making it a wonderful alternative for many traditional chemical-filled cleaners.
Olive oil makes for a brilliant conditioner on leather surfaces. When buffed into your sofa or other leather furniture, it conditions the fabric leaving it soft and supple. This also works on your shoes, tile and hardwood floors when dilute with some water.
Suffering from a creaky door hinge? Apply a few drops of oil to lubricate and silence any squeakiness.
Believe it or not, olive oil can also be used as a household cleaner. The method behind the madness is that oil attracts oil, meaning that it can cut through and loosen up stains, grease and dirt on a range of surfaces. Give it a try today.
Create your own homemade cleaning products with our easy recipes
1. All-purpose cleaner
Mix equal amounts of distilled white vinegar with water and store in a spray bottle. Add in a few drops of your favourite essential oil to offset the strong scent of the vinegar. Use this green cleaner with a damp cloth to wipe down and sanitise surfaces.
2. Toilet scrub
For a heavy-duty toilet deep clean, pour ½ cup of baking soda and around ten drops of essential oil into your toilet bowl. Follow with ¼ cup of white vinegar. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes as the vinegar reacts with the bicarbonate of soda, then go in with your toilet brush and scrub down the bowl.
3. Chopping board cleaner
For stained and well-loved chopping boards, sprinkle a generous amount of salt over your board. Slice a lemon in half and scrub over the salt. The acid will work to disinfect your board as the salt lifts and removes any dried on grime.
4. Sink unblocker
Sprinkle ½ cup of baking soda down your drain and chase with ½ cup of vinegar. Once all the fizzing has stopped, pour a kettle full of boiled water to flush it all down.
5. Carpet deodoriser
Add a few drops of an essential oil to a large jar of bicarbonate of soda. Seal and shake to mix. Sprinkle generously onto your carpet, leave to soak for half an hour before vacuuming. This mixture can also be poured into your empty and dry kitchen bin to eliminate unwanted bin smells.
6. Mold and mildew cleaner
Mix white vinegar with a few drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle. Spritz onto affected areas and let sit for half an hour. For extra tough spots, scrub with a cloth before rinsing with warm water.
7. Glass and mirror cleaner
Pour ½ cup of white vinegar, 2 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 8-10 drops of your favourite essential oil into a spray bottle. Put the lid on and shake well to mix. Ensure that all of the cornstarch has dissolved before using. Spray onto your windows, mirrors and other glass surfaces before wiping clean with a bunched up ball of newspaper.
8. Furniture polish
Create a mixture using ¼ cup of white vinegar, ¾ cup of olive oil and the juice of half a lemon. Spray on to your furniture and buff with a microfibre cloth.
9. Microwave cleaner
Fill a small, microwavable bowl with 1 cup of vinegar, the juice of one lemon and microwave on high for two minutes. Leave the door closed for another minute and let the steam work on breaking down all the tough stains. Open and wipe the walls with a damp cloth.
10. Oven cleaner
Mix ¾ cup of baking soda, ⅓ cup of salt and ⅓ cup of water until it forms a thick paste. Spread this evenly over the stains, grease and dirt inside your oven. Let the mixture sit for half an hour before spraying over with white vinegar. After the ingredients have finished foaming, wipe clean with a damp cloth. This can also be applied to grimy stove tops too.
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- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you Emiliano for your comment. In this blog we are referring more to oils, more so than butters and while we agree with you Shea is an excellent emollient for hair, it's consistency is more buttery and it is used more as a leave-in remedy to smooth hair texture. We have suggested Coconut oil as it helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturises and removes build-up around your hair follicles to encourage hair growth and is one of base oils always used in Ayurveda for hair treatments. As this post is more focused for hair and not for skin, the comedogenic scale applies to skin/pores and not hair follicles. Thank you again for your feedback.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Hello Zu, yes hair loss can be very stressful and this in turn amplifies the cause almost.. Perhaps with Covid, your system may have been depleted of nutrients and fighting the virus can take its toll on your immune system, so sometimes our hair and skin suffer when we have been ill. We really believe in oils for scalp massage as the best way to revive the growth and help regenerate the follicles. It may be also worth at looking at internal supplements and making sure you are getting enough of omega oils, perhaps plant based such as nuts and seeds in your diet. For external oil treatment, would recommend the Really Good Hair oil which we create with Brahmi, this herb is known to help bring the scalp back to health and improve growth. Biotin is also a good vitamin to take as a supplement to help with hair growth so do look into that. So hope these tips will be helpful for you.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you for your very informative article. I suffered COVID in December, 2020, and in February I started experience extreme hair loss and all my hair jus falls like a person who is under going Chemo therapy. It's very depressing. Had to cut off all my hair and even the little that is left is falling off daily not sure what to do. Please suggest something.
- Carrot Oil for Face Hello :) You can use carrot oil only in small drops on your skin in the morning/during the day since it is highly potent. Carrot oil is rich in vitamins and is a very effective moisturiser. You can also mix a few drops of Carrot Oil with your favorite face cream. You can do that at least twice a week or include it in your daily skincare routine. Hope this helps.
- Carrot Oil for Face Can I use the carrot oil in the day time? Because I am using Vitamin c serum in the night. Please advise. Thanks