How to make your own fabric softener

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White vinegar softens fabric and stops static cling. Add a cup of vinegar to the wash, with a few drops of lavender oil for odours.

Wool will stay soft if washed in warm water with eucalyptus oil.

Other green stain remover products to try are:

How to make your own dish washing detergent

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Many conventional dish washing detergents contain phosphate, which causes blue-green algae blooms in waterways.

Here’s  a simple recipe to make your own dish washing detergent:

1/4 cup petroleum-free soap flakes
1/4 cup glycerin
1/2 teaspoon of eucalyptus oil
11/2 cups of hot water

Instead of the eucalyptus oil, you may like to add a few drops of lemon or grapefruit essential oil.

Other green dish washing detergent products to try are:

We also like to look for one which did not contain sodium laurel sulphate, as it kills the good bugs in your tummy!

Handy hint – Place a leftover lemon half in your dishwasher to keep your dishes smelling fresh and clean.

Note: If you are on the GAPS or SCD diet – it’s best not to use a dishwasher.

How to make your own stain remover

A solution of half vinegar, half water sprayed on stains half an hour before washing helps to remove grass, juice, mildew, coffee and tea.

Hairspray helps remove ink stains.

Other green stain remover products to try are:

  • Cinderella Stain Remover

 

How to make your own bathroom cleaner

Conventional bathroom cleaners often contain harsh toxic chemicals.

Washing soda cleans hard surfaces such as walls, sinks, tiles and tubs, but it rusts aluminium.

To remove mould from a shower curtain, mix 2 tablespoons of tea tree oil with 2 cups of water, spritz on and leave for a least two hours.

Vinegar also kills mould.

Other green bathroom cleaner products to try are:

How to make your own window cleaner

For a smear-free finish to clean windows make up the following solution in a spray container:

1 part white distilled vinegar or lemon juice to
4 parts water

You may like to add a few drops of lemon essential oils.

Spray on the glass and wipe away marks with a chamois or crumpled newspaper.

How to make your own drain cleaner

Conventional drain cleaners usually contain lye, which is a potentially lethal acidic solution that burns the skin.

An old-fashioned plunger will usually do the trick. Place the plunger over the sink hole and create a seal. Pump until the block is gone. You may need to add some hot water and have a few goes.

Here’s a recipe to make your own drain cleaner:

1 cup of baking soda
1/2 cup of vinegar

  1. Pour down the baking soda followed by the vinegar and cover the drain for 3o minutes, or overnight if possible.
  2. Then slowly pour down boiling water.

We keep our kitchen sink clean by tipping used cooking oil into an old glass bottle for disposal, and regularly using Actizyme overnight.

Alternatively try one of these green products:

Native plants for frogs

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To encourage frogs to your garden you’ll need to provide them with shelter, food and water for breeding. It’s best to not take frog away from their original habitat – wait for them to take up residence in your garden. You can encourage them by building a garden pond, adding a rockery and using local native plants.

Frog-friendly plants for around ponds:

  • Bird’s Nest Fern
  • Brisbane Lily
  • Mat Rushes
  • Native Ginger
  • Native Lasiandra / Blue Tongue
  • River Lily

Frog-friendly plants for ponds:

  • Frogsmouth
  • Swamp Lily
  • Water Snowflake
  • Wavy Marshwort

For more information about frogs see: