I stopped using "supermarket" spray cleaners and the like after I realised that every time I used them I ended up with a headache - particularly with some bathroom cleaners. Instead I now use a lot of baking soda and white vinegar.
Baking soda is useful for clean-ups around the house. It can be used as a scourer or a carpet deodoriser, to clean your hands, make a bath soak or clean the drains, tiles, sinks and bench tops.
This recipe is for a cleaning paste that I've been using for a few years now - without any headaches! There are a few versions of this paste, but this is the one that works for me.
Baking Soda Cleaning Paste
In a small bowl mix 1 cup of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar (tartaric acid). Then slowly stir in 10mls of liquid castile soap and 5mls of water. Stir until you get a fairly dry paste. You may need to add a bit more water.
At this point you can add a few drops of essential oil - 20 drops of lavender, peppermint or sweet orange. Store in an airtight jar.
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