To clean the house in a natural way

Food, paints, cosmetics, household products, toxic molecules are everywhere and silently invade our daily lives. Let us not give in to panic, but let us react !
You monitor your diet, track C.O.V and rigorously select your beauty products ? That’s fine. But what about the hygiene of your home ?
Our grandparents were well aware of these effective little “formulas” for home cleaning. No need to buy different maintenance products often expensive and whose composition is not really known.
With home-made recipes, your must-have products will be baking soda, diatom soilSommières soil, white vinegar, black soap, citric acid, percarbonate sodasoda crystals and sequins soap. All these articles are available for sale on our website under the heading "natural drugstore". And we give you a recipe for each room. We let you discover…

In the kitchen

This room requires daily hygiene. Wash your work surface every time you use it, as well as for the sink, disinfecting it once a week, rubbing the faucet and drain grate. Wash the hob as needed, oven and hood once a month. Remember to disinfect your sponges once/2 weeks. Once a quarter, remember to wash the refrigerator.

*For the countertop :
A nut of liquid black soap diluted in a small basin of hot water. Wash, rinse and wipe. You can also keep it perfectly clean with a multi-purpose cleaner. Mix 1 tablespoon of soda crystals with 2 tablespoons of liquid black soap in 500 ml of hot water. Let cool. Transfer to a sprayer and add 20 drops of tea tree essential oil.

* For the sink :
Clean the tubs daily and once a week the tap with white vinegar and the drain bung by mixing a tablespoon of baking soda in a little water. Our tip : rub this mixture with a toothbrush in areas that are hard to reach. Leave to act and rinse.
To disinfect the trays, fill the two trays in half with very hot water, incorporate 2 tablespoons of percarbonate in each tray. Allow to act, then empty the bung and rinse.
For stainless steel sinks, prefer white vinegar or lemon juice.
If the pipe is blocked, place 3 tablespoons of soda crystals in 2 litres of hot water. Pour into the sink on the drain and leave to act overnight. Rinse.

* For hood, hob, oven, microwave :
Mix 200 ml of water and 100 ml of white vinegar. Add 2 tablespoons of liquid black soap and 5 drops of essential oil from Tea Tree. Transfer the preparation to a sprayer.

* For the hoven :
Mix 5 tablespoons of baking soda in some hot water and spread the dough on the sides of the oven. Leave overnight, rub and rinse.

* For the fridge :
Clean the empty fridge with a sponge and water with liquid black soap. Rinse.
To disinfect cleaning sponges and cutting boards: put them to soak (separately of course) in 1 liter of very hot water and 2 tablespoons of percarbonate.

* Descale coffee makers and kettles :
Once a quarter or more if your water is very calcareous, descale the appliances with 2 tablespoons of citric acid for 1 liter of water or 1/3 of white vinegar in 2/3 of water and 2 teaspoons of bicarbonate. Rinse several times before using your device again.

* Dishwashing soap :
In an empty 1/2 litre bottle, mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 1/2 tablespoon of soda crystals, 1/2 glass of liquid black soap, 1 teaspoon of Meudon white and 10 drops of lemon essential oil (don’t forget to wear gloves to keep hands soft).

* Powder for dishwasher :
In an airtight box, mix :
- 2 tablespoons of soap flakes ;
- 2 tablespoons of soda crystals ;
- 1 tablespoon of percarbonate ;
- 2 tablespoons of citric acid.
Place 1 tablespoon of this powder in the dishwasher compartment.

* Remove traces of coffee or tea embedded in cups :
Put 1 teaspoon of citric acid at the bottom of the cup. Pour boiling water over it. Leave to act. Rinse several times.

* Clean and deodorize bins :
Pour 2 tablespoons of soda crystals into the empty bin. Add hot water. Allow to act, rub and rinse. Once your trash is clean, put 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate at the bottom of the trash and 5 drops of lemon, lavender or peppermint essential oil.

In the bathroom :

Mould, and hence bacteria, in these often wet rooms can be problematic. To avoid this, daily aeration is necessary and if you do not have the possibility to open a large window to renew the air, Remember to install mechanical ventilation.
Rinse the shower or bathtub and sink after each use and once a week thoroughly wash and disinfect.

* Shower head :
2 tablespoons of citric acid in hot water to remove limestone.

* Mirrors and windows :
1 tablespoon of Meudon white in 1/2 liter of water. Pass this preparation with a cloth over the mirrors, then rinse several times with clear water and dry.

* Clean the seals :
1 tablespoon of citric acid, 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate in a little water. Rub with a brush. Leave to act and rinse.

* Toothbrush :
Sprinkle your wet toothbrushes once a week with bicarbonate, leave on and rinse.

* Shower curtains
Soak them in a bowl of hot water with 2 tablespoons of percarbonate. Rinse. Dry preferably outdoors.

* Hair brushes and combs :
Remove the hair and soak for 30 minutes in a bowl of hot water with 4 tablespoons of baking soda. Rinse and dry on a cloth before storing.

* Bathtub, sink, shower :
Make a multi-purpose scouring cream with :
- 1/2 glass of bicarbonate ;
- 1/4 glass of soda crystals ;
- 2 tablespoons of Meudon white ;
- 1/2 glass of black soap ;
- 10 drops of essential oil from Tea Tree or lemon or peppermint, for a fresh smell.
Add water.

In the living room :

Put the dust away ! If you are a fan of knick-knacks, you will have to get rid of the dust once a week from furniture and knick-knacks. If your furniture covers allow it, cleaning with a damp cloth and black soap will be more effective than dry cleaning, which often only displaces dust. Vacuum the fabric sofa once a quarter, wash the curtains in machine once a year. Don’t forget also the lamps as well as the switches, which you can rub with white vinegar.

* Clean wood thoroughly :
Sprinkle your wooden furniture with bicarbonate and leave on for an hour. Then, using a soft cloth, rub gently in the direction of the wood veins. Rinse with a damp cloth. This recipe is ideal to restore old furniture and give them a beautiful appearance.

* Remove grease stains from wood :
Soak the spot of Sommières earth, let rest one night and then remove the soil. Start again if necessary.

* Feed your wooden furniture :
1 handful of beeswax to mix in 1/2 glass of linseed oil. Add 2 tablespoons of black soap and cook in a double boiler. Let cool and transfer to a jar. Linseed oil smells like omega-3, reminiscent of fish. Remember to aerate well.

* Remove grease stains from leather :
Mix Sommières soil with demineralized water to form a paste. Apply to the oily spot. Let dry and brush.

* Guard against mites in sofas and armchairs (mattresses and carpets) :
Sprinkle the entire surface with bicarbonate and leave to act for 4 to 5 hours. With a brush, rub gently. Then carefully vacuum.
You can also, on fabric sofas, put a few drops of lavender essential oil on the brush.

* Clean the windows :
- Recipe 1) Dissolve 1 tablespoon of citric acid in 150 ml of water. Place the preparation in a sprayer. Spray and rub gently with a cloth, then rinse and wipe.
- Recipe 2) for very dirty windows : 1 tablespoon of white Meudon in 1/2 liter of water. Pass this preparation with a cloth over the mirrors, then rinse several times with clear water and dry.
- Recipe 3) for limestone windows : 2/3 of mineral water + 1/3 of white vinegar + 1 teaspoon of liquid black soap + 5 drops of lemon essential oil.
You can wipe your windows with crumpled newsprint. They will stay clean for a long time.

* Clean TV/computer/laptop/phone screen :
A computer keyboard and a phone screen are said to be dirtier than a toilet bowl. Imagine…
Remember to clean the keyboard by passing a cloth soaked in black soap and a cotton swab between the keys. For your phone screen, a little white vinegar will disinfect. Idem for the television screen. Microfiber cloths will avoid scratches.

In the bedroom :

* For children’s toys :
You can 1 time a month, soak the plastic toys in 1 liter of hot water by adding 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Scrub, rinse and wipe.

* Fighting the mites :
Sprinkle with baking soda and brush the mattress. Leave on for a day, then vacuum.
Nothing better than taking out your mattress in the sun for a few hours, if time and space allow you.
For moths and bed bugs : Apply diatom soil to the mattress and box spring. Leave on for a day, then brush and suck.

* Deodorize the shoe cupboard :
Place a cup with baking soda and a few drops of essential oil of peppermint, Tea Tree or lavender.

The toilet :

* Against scale :
Sprinkle ½ glass of citric acid at the bottom of the bowl, allow to act, rub and flush. Regularly clean the seat and flaps with multi-purpose scouring cream :
- 1/2 glass of bicarbonate ;
- 1/4 glass of soda crystals ;
- 2 tablespoons of Meudon white ;
- 1/2 glass of black soap ;
- 10 drops of essential oil from Tea Tree or lemon or peppermint, for a fresh smell.
Add water to obtain a gel. Stir well. This product should be rinsed.

Floor cleaners :

Rather than sweep, vacuum out. Dust will be removed and not moved. Each floor should have a special product and from time to time, just passing water is just as well.

* Terracotta and tomettes :
- 700 ml of black soap ;
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda ;
- 1 glass of linseed oil.
Put 1 cap (by recycling an old product container) of this preparation for 5 litres of water.

* Non-porous tiles :
For a 1 litre bottle :
- 700 ml of liquid black soap ;
- 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate ;
- 1 tablespoon of white vinegar.

* Hardwood floors :
At the time of cleaning, melt a handful of beeswax in a double bath. Add a glass of linseed oil and 1 tablespoon of liquid black soap. Apply generously to the entire floor.
Think about Sommières earth to remove the snains.p>

* Marble floor :
Mix 2 tablespoons of Meudon white in 1 litre of hot water.

Make your home-made laundry detergent :

Remember to wash new clothes before putting them on. To keep the laundry ironed, the tissues contain chemical substances, accused of being endocrine disruptors.

* Anti stain before washing :
Mix 20 tablespoons of Sommières earth and 3 tablespoons of baking soda. Transfer to a closed container. Depending on the width of the stain, sprinkle more or less with this homemade stain remover and leave on for 20 minutes before washing.

* Powder for washing machine :

  • Powder laundry detergent :

- 500 g sequined soap, with olive oil or vegetable oil re-grinded if necessary ;
- 5 tablespoons of percarbonate of soda ;
- 500 g of soda crystals ;
- 500 g of baking soda ;
- 20 drops of lavender essential oil.
Mix well. Keep powder in an airtight box away from moisture.
Put 4 tablespoons of this laundry detergent in your machine compartment – 60°C washing temperature (sheet, towels, carpet, towels, etc.).

  • Liquid laundry detergent :

- 4 tablespoons of baking soda ;
- 50 g of Marseilles soap flakes ;
- ½ liter of hot water
Place the soap in an empty container and pour in the water, then shake to dissolve the soap. When the water is lukewarm, pour the baking soda, shake... and here is an organic and economical detergent. Not essential, you can decorate your laundry with 5 to 6 drops of lavender essential oil.

* Fabric softener :

Put in the compartment of your washing machine :
- 25 ml of white vinegar ;
- 25 ml of demineralized water ;
- 10 drops of Tea Tree essential oil.

The ingredients of these recipes are available in our range "household hardware". Be careful, natural does not necessarily mean safe. Phalloid amanitis is also natural. Read all precautions carefully and always keep these ingredients out of the reach of children. Be sure to label your mixtures.
These recipes are given as a guide, we tested a large majority of them without explosion or burn, but the precautionary principle applies. For more complete recipes -and of course, if you can read French- we recommend this book : "Le ménage au naturel".