DIY – All Natural Green Cleaner!

I recently wrote an article on how to detox your home while keeping it clean, beautiful and fresh Living Green Magazine “How to live in a Toxic Free Haven”. I singled out household cleaners and air fresheners as toxic and unnecessary items that we all harbour in our homes. Without realizing their potential harmful effects on our health. In lieu of the article I wanted to share a very simple and easy way to make an all natural, antibacterial, aromatic multi-purpose cleaner/ air freshener that is easy on our bodies and doesn’t come with a hefty price tag. Live clean and stay fresh with my version of a Witch-Hazel Lavender spray. Here’s what you will need:
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup water (purified or distilled if possible)
  • 1/4 cup witch hazel
  • 10 drops tea tree oil
  • 6 drops of other essential oils (lavender, lemon grass, rosemary, whatever your heart desires)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in your spray bottle, shake and clean!
Use it on your surfaces (add baking soda for a little extra scrubbing power), spray into the air to get rid of odors (or just to wake up your senses), clean windows and mirrors and even use it to wipe down and disinfect your yoga mat! The possibilities are endless. Tea tree oil  and witch hazel are both natural antibacterials, and they also have numerous healing and medicinal qualities. Breath this stuff in, its good for you! And of course just a few drops of an essential oil (I prefer lavender) will make you forever forget that artificially scented Fabreeze forever! The best part: It’s NOT expensive and you can continue to mix batches whenever your heart desires. Or your home requires!
Happy Cleaning!
Elina

Live Beautiful, Live Clean!

The search for great beauty products is never easy. Some can dry out, others can be too fragrant, some don’t live up to their claims while others are filled with harsh chemicals that are dangerous and sometimes even carcinogenic. So I made the choice to be conscious of my purchases.

However, when I started experimenting with organic and natural products, I often found they didn’t work at all. My blonde hair was washed out and brittle, my hands were always waxy and my soap didn’t foam. But Live Clean products definitely came to the rescue. I first picked up a bottle of their body-wash from a local drugstore as a desperate attempt to avoid the name-brands. The “Green Earth” 600-ml bottle was the only natural option available at Shoppers at the time, but at a mere $5.99, I decided to try it out.

That evening my quickie shower turned into a lathery, 30 minute soak-fest. Quite frankly I was very satisfied with the bubbles, fresh scent and level of cleanliness this body-wash brought me. I also didn’t have to use half the bottle to achieve this result. My skin felt baby soft and totally refreshed. So I jumped to find out more about the brand, and the products that they carry. I discovered that the company is Canadian and that they are quite dedicated on keeping their products affordable and completely sustainable. Almost all of their products contain 98% natural derived ingredients, are completely vegan, and are not tested on animals.

So I must say that ever since that fateful shower, I’ve been addicted to their entire line of products including their super-hydrating shampoos, conditioners and body lotions. These range from yummy berry scents to warm aragon oil(all natural of-course). Lovely ingredients such as Eucalyptus, Aragon oil and Lavender also provide amazing results.

I’ve discovered that Live Clean products are readily available throughout Canada, so if you check out their website you can find out where they sell in your area. Their website also features local “green events” and conservation tips (pretty impressive for a beauty line). I really like these guys, their message and what they are doing! Definitely a thumbs up!

Here is their website: http://live-clean.com/

 

Happy Hydrating and Clean Living!

E