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Jaclyn McCosker

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Simple two ingredient vegan home cleaner

Simple two ingredient vegan home cleaner

Let's put this simply: household cleaning products damage the environment. A U.S. Geological Survey found detergents in 69% of streams. The way we clean our homes is causing algae blooms and jeopardising marine life.

Not all detergents and disinfectants can be treated by government water treatment plants and they take a long time to degrade, depleting surrounding water systems of oxygen, seeping into soil and ultimately being circled back into the human drinking water system and onto our plates through seafood, which has many health implications. As these substances are unfit for human consumption, constant exposure over a lifetime through the soil and water is thought to contribute to certain types of cancer.

But the good news is that it's easy and cheap to make safe, cruelty free, biodegradable housecleaner that works. This recipe for a general house cleaner is safe to breathe in, safe to ingest, and safe to pour down a drain.

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All you need:
- White vinegar ($1.31/1L at Coles)
- A lemon ($0.20)
- A jar

Fill the jar with lemon and add a whole sliced lemon. Let it sit for two weeks for the lemon scent to infuse itself into the vinegar. Voila!

It's safe to smear all over your house. Great for cleaning toilets, walls, stoves and sinks. And I can say it's well tested on cleaning up cat messes, and stands the test against the worst smells my kitty can make.

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