Alternative cleaners versus Commercial/Chemical

If I went to Coles and bought all the recommended products I typically replace with my preferred alternatives, here’s a list of roughly what I would buy:

Kitchen Spray: $3.00

Glass stove top cleaner: $7.10

Oven Cleaner: $3.29

Glass Cleaner: $1.80

Carpet Cleaner: $7.87

Mopping Liquid: $2.00

Pre-wash stain remover: $1.50

Nappy San: $2.49

Fabric Softener: $3.25

Shower Spray: $5.78

Bathroom Cream Cleanser: $2.93

Toilet Cleaner: $1.96

Drain Unblocker: $10.44

First Aid Cream: $7.48

Skin Blemish Treatment Cream: $11.55

Total Cost: $72.44

The above list is not exhaustive, and is designed to just give you a basic concept of what can be replaced with natural alternatives such as vinegar, bi-carb soda, and a handful of essential oils.

You may be concerned to see that I have listed first aid and blemish treatment creams in the above list. Rest assured I am not opposed to the use of these products! First aid creams generally work in a number of different ways, and usually include an anaesthetic. This cannot be replaced with an essential oil, and it would be remiss of me to suggest that you can directly switch one for the other. However, for antiseptic properties, tea tree is a great option if you are like me and usually don’t have anything else in the cupboard!

The same applies for medical treatment for skin blemishes. I personally am intolerant to a lot of commercial skin treatment products, and have had better results with an essential oil blend I have put together for myself. However, every body is different, and you should always seek the advice of a medical professional. Furthermore, as with any skin care product natural oils should be tested for allergic reactions. The best way to do this is to put 1 drop of your chosen oil in a tablespoon of a carrier oil (olive oil or coconut oil work fine), and then dab a little on the inside of your wrist or elbow. Leave overnight and if there is no adverse reaction you should be able to use the oil in accordance with the recommended guidelines. Don’t be tempted to put the oil directly on your skin! Because they are so concentrated, many oils can be highly irritating to the skin if not properly diluted.

I hope this list is helpful, and inspires you to consider what products you can try replacing with natural alternatives. I’d love to know how your experiments turn out. How much money could you save? Leave a comment below, share and inspire others!

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