Cleaning really can be dirty work! The never-ending job of keeping the house spick and span can also bring a lot of chemicals into the home, and it’s alarming how many chemicals we use to clean areas we eat in. It’s ironic that most of us use harsh chemicals to clean the kitchen - especially when it’s coming into contact with our food everyday.

Now, we don’t like to get on our high horse about sustainability and green practices too much, because we know it’s a journey you have to take when you’re ready, and it takes time. But we wanted to give some easy tips for quick homemade swaps that will reduce the chemicals covering your kitchen. If you’re not a big DIYer, we’ve got some amazing products from Koh EkoWorx to share below and an awesome competition where you could WIN 2 free weeks of Marley Spoon and a $200 package from Koh!

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Homemade Scrub

This one also harnesses the cleaning power of baking soda. You start by measuring 1 ½ cups of baking soda into a mixing bowl. Add ½ cup of environmentally safe liquid laundry soap, and stir vigorously to combine into a paste.

Store paste in the food container, keeping the lid tightly closed. If the mixture begins to dry out, simply add a small amount of water and stir.

Homemade Disinfectant Wipes

For this you’ll need an empty plastic baby wipe container or something similar.

You’ll also need between 15 and 20 squares of scrap fabric to use for the wipes themselves, something like old t-shirt scraps or even old dish towels. Once you have those stored away in the container, you’re ready to add the cleaning solution.

In mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of water, ¼ cup of white vinegar, and 8 drops each of tea tree oil, eucalyptus essential oil, and lemon essential oil. Pour this solution over your cloth scraps in the container, where they will soak in and be ready for you when you’re ready to pull them out and use them!

Air fresheners

Everyone loves walking in the door to a fresh smelling home and your house will smell divine with this recipe. All you need is sliced lemon, a large sprig of rosemary and a dash of vanilla (pods or essence). Place into medium saucepan with ¼ cup of simmering water and mix. Let it cool and then place in a reusable spray bottle and voila!

Burnt saucepans

No one likes scrubbing a burnt pan. Instead, fill the pan with water, add a cup of vinegar and bring to the boil. Then remove it from heat and add baking soda. WARNING! It will fizz. Empty the pan and scour.

Koh EkoWorx

We’ve partnered with the amazing team at Koh EkoWorx because we’re in love with their sustainable cleaning products. Founded by two dads who wanted to create safe and effective cleaning alternatives for their families (swoon), Koh EkoWorx is toxic free and also works to reduce plastic with a refillable Cleaning System to avoid single use bottles. With over 8400 reviews, they’ve got a 4.7/5 rating from users, and with reviews like “So good, I can’t stop cleaning”, you know they’re onto a good thing!

Check them out here for more information.

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WIN With Marley Spoon And Koh EkoWorx

We've teamed up with Koh EkoWorx to give you the chance to WIN an amazing sustainable spring cleaning package valued at $200 plus 2 FREE weeks of Marley Spoon. EkoWorx is an eco-cleaning system that makes your life easier and is easier on the planet 🌏 To enter...

  • Follow @ekoworx and @marleyspoonau
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  • Enter as many times as you wish! GOOD LUCK 💛

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