Non-Toxic Cleaning

Is Your Dishwasher Making You Sick?

Dishwasher powder is toxic. Would you eat it? | SustainableSuburbia.net

Did you know that dishwasher powder (or tablets) is likely one of the most toxic items in your house? In America, in a two year period, 14,000 children were admitted to emergency after eating dishwasher tablets. They are incredibly caustic and burn mouth and throat as they go down. In Australia, over 2000 kids each…

Soap Making & Living Simply after Cancer Strikes

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This week I am so pleased to bring you a guest post from artisan soapmaker of more than ten years experience, Ros Wathen of Larkrise Soaps, about her inspiring journey to more natural living. My family had always lived a fairly healthy life, cooking from scratch, growing our own vegies, keeping chooks, making bread, preserving…

The Norwex Kitchen Cloth, All-Purpose Kitchen Cloth & Envirocloth – What’s the Difference?

The Norwex Kitchen Cloth, All-Purpose Kitchen Cloth & Envirocloth - what's the difference? | SustainableSuburbia.net

Here’s a question I get asked a lot: What’s the difference between the Norwex kitchen cloth, the all-purpose kitchen cloth, and the envirocloth? I often describe the envirocloth as your “everything” cloth – you can use it on walls, cupboards, bathrooms, even carpet. So if it’s your everything cloth, what are the others for? Well,…

Cleaning the Indoor Air with Ionisation: Beeswax Candles, Himalayan Salt Lamps, and Electric Ionisers: Do They Work?

Can beeswax candles really clean your air?

According to the US Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), indoor air pollution is one of the top 5 environmental risks to public health in America. While one common concern in America, Radon, is less of an issue in Australia (because we don’t generally have basements), the Australian Environment Department also notes that “many chemicals present in…

DIY Non-Toxic Drain Cleaners

DIY Natural Drain Cleaning with vinegar, lemons and bicarb soda

Almost everyone has experienced problems with clogged drains at one time or another. Most people really don’t think about potential issues with their drains until a problem actually occurs. When it does, the reaction of many people is to run out and buy commercial drain cleaners in the hopes of quickly putting an end to the problem. However, there are many things that you should be aware of regarding the use of commercial drain cleaners.

What is Really Lurking Under Your Sink?

The Truth about Toxic and Non Toxic Cleaners SustainableSuburbia.net

You know you should probably switch to non-toxic cleaners, but without the nitty gritty of why, it’s hard to hustle up the motivation. After all, the cleaners you buy usually say they’re “green” or “natural”, so they can’t be all bad, right? I mean, those ones aren’t giving you cancer or anything, are they? The…

How to Make Laundry Powder or Liquid

How to make your own laundry liquid or washing powder | SustainableSuburbia.net

The Tutorial and the ScienceMaking your own laundry detergent will save you both money and toxins. Here’s how to make it, why my recipes are a little different, and why they work. First, why do I make my own laundry powder? Well, saving money is definitely part of it. But knowing that 75% of the…