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Bexz Walker

Natural living, health, wellbeing and food writer, journalist and blogger.

Hello lovelies!

With 3 asthmatics, 2 eczema sufferers and 1 person allergic to almost everything in our house, it is really important that we use as many natural products as possible. But not only this, we just think is just a better way to live, and it's cheaper too ;)

Keeping our house clean is a must, as it should be, especially as there are 6 adults living in our house (Myself, hubby and 4 grown up kids), a dog, a cat and a snake, as well as a muddy veg patch in the garden and frequent trips to our allotment. There is always comings and goings and quite often with mud, compost and soil everywhere.

Our household cleaner recipe is completely natural, very cheap to make and is an incredibly effective cleaner as well as being naturally antibacterial. It's a general all round household cleaner and you can use it pretty much anywhere (some people say not to use on marble as it can cause scratch marks, but we have been using it for years on our marble kitchen work tops and never had a problem) just like Dettol spray or Flash spray for example.

I have included 2 recipes for you. Both extremely easy to make and both natural, version 2 just has a little extra antibacterial super charge ;)

We use white vinegar as part of this and I am not going to lie, when you spray this, you will smell vinegar HOWEVER, because this is white vinegar and not the malt vinegar you sprinkle on your chips, the smell only lasts a couple of minutes and then there is no trace at all of the smell. Thank goodness!

Version 1

Makes 10 x 500ml spray bottles

Ingredients

  • A 500ml spray bottle (emptied out used bottle is great, let's get recycling!) (or 10 x 500ml bottles if you want to make them all up in one go) - FREE
  • 5 litres of white vinegar - £3.20 per 5l or £12.79 for 4 x 5l)
  • 8 large oranges - £1
  • large bowl with lid (and another bowl for straining into after!)

Method

  1. Empty the vinegar into the large bowl
  2. Every time you eat an orange, save the peel and add it to the bowl OR peel all the oranges and pop the peeled oranges into the fridge to eat later or use in another recipe, you can also freeze peeled oranges!
  3. Put the lid on the bowl and let sit for 1-2 weeks until the vinegar starts to take on an orangey tint. Stirring or gently shaking to mix every couple of days.
  4. After 1-2 weeks, remove all the orange peel from the vinegar and strain the vinegar through a sieve to remove any orange pith particles into another bowl.
  5. Decant the strained liquid into your bottles either one at a time and popping the lid back on each time of the big bowl or if you have 10 bottles decant it all in one go.
  6. Use as an when needed just like your normal day to day household cleaning spray.

Cost

The Homesteading House Recipe - per 500ml spray bottle = 42p
Supermarket own brand = £1
Mainstream well known brands = £1.50-£3

Version 2 - Antibacterial Super Charged

Makes 10 x 500ml spray bottles

Ingredients

  • A 500ml spray bottle (emptied out used bottle is great, let's get recycling!) (or 10 x 500ml bottles if you want to make them all up in one go) - FREE
  • 5 litres of white vinegar - £3.20 per 5l (12.79 for 4 x 5l)
  • 8 large oranges - £1
  • 2ml sweet orange essential oil - 40p per 2ml (£1.99 for 10ml)
  • 3ml tea tree essential oil - 60p per 2ml (£1.99 for 10ml)
  • large bowl with lid (and another bowl for straining into after!)

Method

  1. Empty the vinegar into the large bowl
  2. Every time you eat an orange, save the peel and add it to the bowl OR peel all the oranges and pop the peeled oranges into the fridge to eat later or use in another recipe, you can also freeze peeled oranges!
  3. Add 2ml of sweet orange essential oil and 3ml of tea tree essential oil to the mix and stir thoroughly.
  4. Put the lid on the bowl and let sit for 1-2 weeks until the vinegar starts to take on an orangey tint. Stirring or gently shaking to mix every couple of days.
  5. After 1-2 weeks, remove all the orange peel from the vinegar and strain the vinegar through a sieve to remove any orange pith particles into another bowl.
  6. Decant the strained liquid into your bottles either one at a time and popping the lid back on each time of the big bowl or if you have 10 bottles decant it all in one go.
  7. Use as an when needed just like your normal day to day household cleaning spray.

Cost

The Homesteading House Recipe - per 500ml spray bottle = 52p
Supermarket own brand = £1
Mainstream well known brands = £1.50-£3

 

Have fun making this and once you realise that it cleans just as good as the supermarket and big brand versions then you'll love this natural formula (and saving money too!).

Enjoy!

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The Bexz.

Journalist - Writer - Blogger

With articles in publications such as The Daily Mail, Reuters, Fox News, Bella Magazine & more, Bexz is a journalist, blogger & writer on all aspects of natural living including natural health, complimentary therapies & food.

With over 20 years experience writing for the food and natural health industries, Bexz knows her way around a kitchen as well as living the natural life and creating a natural home.  Bexz has worked with some amazing brands such as The Walt Disney Corporation, Marks & Spencer, Asda, Schar, Sainsburys, Lindt UK, Pukka Teas, The Ideal Home Show, Grand Designs Live, Natural & Organic Products Show, The BBC, The Lord Mayor’s Show London and many more. 

Bexz is honoured to receive regular press accreditation for trade & retail shows like the Natural & Organic Products Show, The Ideal Home Show, Grand Designs Live, The Allergy & Free From Show, among others.  Bexz has been a qualified complimentary therapist since 1995 and a web designer by trade.

Bexz is also a gamer and is proud to be part of the UK esports team ‘Bulldog’, she has been playing World of Warcraft since 2004 and runs a guild with over 500 members. She also now plays Overwatch competitively as part of the ‘Bulldog’ team.

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As a food writer and cook, Bexz certainly knows her way around a kitchen. After travelling extensively around the world eating at some of the world's finest restaurants, Bexz also has exacting standards on both food and service. She loves to write reviews on good food products produced here in the UK and also healthy and 'free from' food products. You'll also find some of her own recipes here that have been published in various media publications. She has been voted in the top 40 of UK food writers.

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Bexz lives in the countryside just outside London and runs her busy household like a mini homestead. Because of this she has been writing and publishing articles and natural home recipes for over 25 years. All aspects of natural living and the natural home are covered from ideas, to recipes, to reviews and opinions. Many of her articles have been published and she was also nominated as Netmums blog of the week on several occasions and has also written for the Daily Mail amongst others.

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When Bexz was 19 she suffered a series of strokes and had meningitis which left her in a wheelchair, she was also diagnosed with M.E. and Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Since then she has studied to become a fully qualified complimentary therapist and has great respect for all avenues of natural healing and wellbeing. She writes on various topics from reviews of products to new therapies, as well as general blogging on the subject. She has been published in Top Santé magazine and interviewed on BBC Radio several times.

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