Cleaning your house for spring is a time-honoured tradition and one which makes me feel slightly guilty every year. Have I been harbouring nasties in these dusty corners all Winter? Was the little patch of mould between the tiles under the bathroom cabinet the real origin of the cold-weather lurgies? The least I can do is get into every nook and cranny without doing any further harm to our health without toxic chemicals! Here is a GUILT FREE SPRING CLEANING guide, to give you back your righteous godliness.
NB: Nature’s chemicals can still be toxic, so use the same precautions as you would with manufactured cleaning products.
|Surface Spray||2 parts water, 1 part white vinegar, 12 drops of essential oil (citrus and tea-tree are best) more…|
|Scrubbing Powder||For delicate surfaces such as stove-tops or refrigerator shelves, baking soda on a damp cloth will make a gentle scrub. Rinse cloth thoroughly and clean off residue. Add a few drops of anti-bacterial essential oils to your clean sponge or cloth for anti-bacterial preotection AND a great smelling fridge!|
|Toilet Cleaner||Mixing a 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar will react quite dynamically, so be sure to use a large-ish bucket . Pour into the hand basin or toilet and let it sit for a few minutes. Adding some anti-bacterial essential oils to your brush, sponge or cloth will take out any germs when you wipe it down.|
|Carpet||Go half water, half white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray on your carpet stain and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Sponge off with warm soapy water. If you’ve got something greasy to get out of your floor fibres, sprinkle some cornflour on the area. The cornflour will literally “mop-up” the grease as you let it sit for half an hour. Vaccuum as normal.|
|Bathroom Mold Cleaner||1/3 cup of Household grade Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) with 2/3 cup of water will have your spray bottle packed with punch. Spray onto affected area and give it a good hour before rinsing off.|
|Cutting Board Cleaner||Get that lovely lemon from your neighbourhood tree and rub a wedge into the board. If it’s really been a while cover it in juice and let it sit (out in direct sun is even better) for 10 mins. Rinse in hot water and dry well.|
|Drain Cleaner||½ salt in 4L water, bring to about 80°C and pour down the drain. If you need something to break down fatty or greasy drain blockages, pour ½ cup baking sode, then ½ cup vinegar down there. After 15-20 mins pour near boiling water down there to flush out the residue. Interesting fact The chemical reaction between baking soda, vinegar and fats will make a kind of soap, turning your clog into cleaner!|
|Windows||2 tsp white vinegar 1L warm water. Spray on glass and use crumpled up (b+w) newspaper to polish off. TIP: Giving the glass a quick rub down with a dry cloth before spraying will remove excess dirt first.|
Diffusing Essential Oils in your home can also help with air-borne nasties. Be sure your essential oils are Certified Pure. Thankfully there are many companies out there providing us with such wonderful tools to stay uplifted and healthy in our homes and bodies!
If you love coffee then you’ve done away with instant years ago and invested in a fresh roast method. Having improved your life (by a trillion times), it’s now just a matter of what to do with those grounds!
- Wake up and smell the coffee
Coffee Smells Great. Place a small open container in your fridge or freezer to absorb smells.
- Be abrasive
Grounds are naturally abrasive, so using them as a scrub to remove heavy-duty grease build up is a neat way to clean green. Get those barbecues ready for summer!
Coffee Bean Garden Buzz
- Acid lovin’ friends
Azaleas, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, camellias, roses and other acid loving plants will benefit from the nitrogen and potassium in your spent coffee grounds. By adding a little lime or wood ash to the mix, you’ll have a complete fertilizer.
- Go to ground.
Introducing coffee grounds to your compost heap will add nitrogen to your compost, an important nutrient to help your composting microbes thrive. not too much though, they can get out of hand! (Get some cool compost balance tips here.)
- Pest Control
Sprinkle grounds around the base of your plants to deter small pests like ants, slugs and snails. Mixing with orange peel or rosmary oil is even said to deter cats and other small mammals!
The Bean of Natural Beauty
- Percolate and exfoliate
Coffee grounds are a fabulous exfoliant for your skin. Mix a few teaspoons into a dollop of your favourite body lotion for a magnificent foot scrub. Wipe off and reveal fresh feeling (and smelling) feet.
- Awaken your skin
Caffeine is absorbed through the skin and is used in many commercial beauty treatments. Create your own rejuvenating facial by mixing grounds with a few dollops of firm coconut cream and a tablespoon of honey for an all-natural alpha-hydroxy and antioxidant home facial.
- Hair and scalp often collects residual build up from hair care products. Massage a handful of grounds into dry hair, paying particular attention to the scalp, shake out and shampoo as normal. You may want to perform this exercise in the warm afternoon sun to keep escaped grounds outdoors.
- Vintage Dyeing
Resoak your grounds in water to give you a dye which can turn your tired white blouse or shirt to a golden vintage.
- Century Paper
Use some coffee grounds in half a cup of water to create the essential aged look for your lost letter or treasure map. Dip the paper through the solution. Lay flat and sprinkle a few wet grounds on a corner or two. The speckled areas give it a nice variation and add to its yesteryear look.
- Burning the candle at both ends
Make your own candles with the energizing aroma of a fresh brew by adding grounds. A great way to upcycle your burned down candle ends as well as creating a funky scented décor item. Be sure you have a length of wick. Melt your candle ends in a small saucepan over low heat, Sprinkle a couple of teaspoons of grounds into an old martini glass or other wide mouthed vessel. Pour in the melted wax in slowly and place the wick into the centre of your speakeasy-meets-café candle.
Whatever you decide to do with those delicious-smelling, nutritionally rich grounds – DON’T put them down the sink. Coffee grounds are not good for your plumbing or our water-ways. As you can see, there are plenty of fun, and practical, ways to ensure your grounds’ disposal serves you up with another delicious solution.
We serve locally roasted, fair trade Backyard Coffee at Loose Produce.
Ever heard of Bulletproof coffee? Or butter coffee? We’ve noticed they’re starting to creep into a few cafes menu’s around the place PLUS we’ve just started stocking bulletproof coffee and XCT oil so we thought we’d explore it a lil for you.
What is bulletproof or butter coffee?
Bulletproof Coffee is made with Upgraded Coffee Beans, grass-fed butter, and Brain Octane™ Oil blended to give you an unfair advantage after your morning routine.
It’s like an upgrade on your regular coffee! You know how after your first coffee of the day, you’re feeling good but you get that slump a lil later? Bulletproof coffee doesn’t do that. Because of the good fats in the butter and the XCT oil, you’re body and brain have more energy to draw on and more focus!
Here’s how to actually make one:
Find XCT oil, Bulletproof coffee and grass-fed butter all at Loose Produce. We look forward to more morning focus!
So much new stuff has been hitting our shelves. Perhaps we’re getting more excited because of the weather? Perhaps it’s just because there are more and more amazing, wholesome foods and products our there to nourish our bodies. Good people doing good things.
We cannot get enough of the Matcha Maiden Green Tea Powder. Super versatile for smoothies and cooking. An easy way to get extra nutrients into your body. Matcha can have the nutritional value of up to 10 cups of regular green tea and up to 137 x the antioxidants of regular green tea!!! Mind. Blown.
We’ve also introduced some great organic oils from Mt Retour Skincare.
Acure Energising Body Lotion is waking us up in the morning and scrubbing away our winter blues.
And Nuilife Coconut Clarity is clearing our minds for a better day ahead!
We’ve also started receiving fresh produce in store from the fab bunch at The Organic Collective. Deliveries come in on a Tuesday afternoon and we choose fresh, in-season produce. Orders change weekly and are dependant on what’s available