Green Goddess: Cleaners

Long Lunch 09/10/2018
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Green Goddess by Wendyl Nissen.

Here are the three cleaners to start you off on natural cleaning from my book The Natural Home.

Spray cleaner

This is easy to mix up and not only cleans well but fills the air with gorgeous smells. It takes a whole minute to make. You can use other essential oils: In the winter I like to use warm oils, like cedarwood, rosemary, clove or even some natural vanilla essence, to give the kitchen a cosy smell. In summer, go for citrus smells like orange, lemon or lime. If flies are a problem use citronella oil which will help deter them.


  • water
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • a few drops liquid soap (preferably Dr
  • Bronner’s castile liquid soap, or use
  • Sunlight)
  • 10 drops lavender or tea-tree essential
  • oil


Pour water into a 1-litre spray bottle until nearly full. Add baking soda, liquid soap and essential oil and nshake together.

Note: If you have wooden bench tops, add about 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Shake the bottle every time you use it to disperse the oil.

Window cleaner


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • few drops liquid detergent
  • few drops lavender oil


Fill a spray bottle with water and vinegar. Add liquid detergent and lavender oil. Spray onto windows, wipe with a rag and finish off with scrunched-up newspaper.

Alternatively, fill a spray bottle with soda water. This will work whether the soda is fizzy or not, as the minerals in the water act to clean the window. Spray onto windows, wipe with a rag and finish off with scrunched-up newspaper.

Toilet bowl cleaner


  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 30 drops tea-tree oil


Throw baking soda and white vinegar into the toilet bowl

and watch it explode. Leave for 10 minutes, then scrub with a brush and flush.

To finish, make a solution using the water and tea-tree oil and spray all over the toilet, leaving it to sit there. Spray on the outside of the toilet as well and give it a wipe with a damp cloth, as bacteria lurk around there.

Aphid spray


  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • hot water
  • 1 tbsp dishwashing liquid
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp liquid plant food
  • 5 litres water


Dissolve the baking soda in the hot water and then add the dishwashing liquid, vegetable oil and liquid plant food.

Add this mixture to the water and spray every 2 days for a week, then every 2 weeks as a maintenance dose.

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