A Natural Cleaning Product for Clothes
Clean and Bright Clothes and Nappies
If you are trying to do the right thing by the earth by using cloth nappies and want a natural cleaning product to use instead of bleach or nappy soakers, then the answer is probably already at your fingertips.
First let's find out why we should stay away from the nasty that is 'bleach'.
Any of us who have used bleach, and that's anyone who has kids or loves to clean, know just by the toxic smell that it contains strong chemicals.
Household bleach can contain chlorine, hydrogen peroxide and/or sodium hypochlorite.
Bleach fumes can irritate nose, eyes and throat, as well as skin. Actual contact can cause dermatitis, and ingestion can cause nausea, vomiting, stomach irrritation and oesophageal damage. Mixing bleach with other household cleaners is HIGHLY DANGEROUS as it can release chloramine gas which is highly toxic.
Use essential oils of tea-tree or eucalyptus to remove spot stains. These two oils are available in most supermarkets and are quite inexpensive. Best of all they will make your clothes smell fresh and clean rather than 'bleachy'!
For old stains you can also soak clothes in 1 cup of lemon juice and 1/2 bucket of water. For your washing machine add 1/2 cup borax or sodium bicarbonate to your load of washing.
Cleaning nappies can be done with a couple of cheap and basic household ingredients and you will never need to buy nappy soaker or bleach again. You'll also have the peace of mind of not adding to the mountains of waste that are produced by disposable nappies each year.
- To soak nappies sprinkle bi-carb soda on nappies in a soaking bucket to reduce smells.
- Wet nappies can be rinsed in vinegar solution which is 1/4 cup of vinegar per bucket of water, rinse well and then add 1/4 cup of vinegar to the final rinse.
Vinegar disinfects, bleaches, deodorises and also removes traces of detergent from nappies reducing the risk of nappy rash.
- For soiled nappies remove faeces, soak overnight in warm water with 1/2 cup borax (or bi-carb) to an average machine load of water. Wash and rinse the next day adding 1/2 cup vinegar to final rinse.
- Try to dry your nappies in sunshine as this aids in naturally keeping them white and bacteria-free.
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