Couple weeks ago, Tumblr introduced me to a natural, cheap, almost odorless, hypoallergenic, and sustainable cleaning agent called soapnuts (or soapberries)! The dried husk/shell of this fruit contains resin that is high in saponins, a naturally occurring chemical compound that reduces the surface tension of water so that it can penetrate and dislodge the solid/other liquid more effectively. Extraction of the active ingredient only requires that soap nuts be agitated in warm water; a lot of lathery foam will form. I’ve tested soap nuts as a

  • laundry detergent
  • body and hair cleanser
  • fruit/veggie and dishwashing cleanser
  • insecticide for my indoor plants

So far so good, although not fond of using it as a body cleanser; it’s too awkward to apply IMO. There are plenty of other uses, but I think this would be a particularly excellent ecofriendly way to bring along a camping trip to clean your wares.

To my gardeners: Trust me, I checked every pod. No leftover seeds, otherwise I would definitely plant a soap nut tree!


Natural Cleaning | Henry Happened

There are lots of reasons you might prefer to use all natural products for cleaning - for me it’s mainly health reasons! When you suffer from asthma, you find that many cleaning products can set off an attack. Of course, there is also the impact on our environment and general health. The unfortunate thing is that often you find that all natural cleaners just don’t do as well as the chemical filled commercial products. So I was excited to see a post on HH about a grease-fighting dish soap. HH has done the hard work and research to work out how to get a good natural dishsoap that will get your dishes clean without the residue. From there, I went on a click frenzy through her other posts which include Citrus Garbage Disposal refreshers, Naturally Antibacterial All Purpose Cleaner, and 5 Naturally Antibacterial Bathroom Cleaners. You’ll need to go out and purchase a few things like liquid castile soap (Dr Bronner is a fantastic Australian company that makes liquid castile soap & other beautiful castile products!) but in the end your body, environment and house will thank you! I’m planning on getting some castile soap tomorrow and making my own hand soap and some soft scrub for my bathroom!

Clockwise from top left:

Naturally Antibacterial All-Purpose Cleaner

Citrus Garbage Disposal Refreshers

5 Naturally Antibacterial Bathrooms Cleaners

Grease Fighting Natural Homemade Dish Soap


Clean the Microwave with Lemon 

Citrus works miracles on a dirty microwave. Fresh lemons create a steamy environment that cuts through grease and grime. Just let the lemon do its work and then wipe the walls and turntable clean.

1 microwave-safe bowl
½ cup water
2 Paramount Citrus lemons, halved
Clean, dry rag


1. Place the water in the bowl. Squeeze the juice of the lemon halves into the bowl and then add the squeezed lemons to the bowl.

2. Microwave the bowl on high for 3 to 4 minutes, until the water comes to a boil. Do not open the door. Let the bowl sit in the microwave for 5 to 7 minutes.

3. Open the microwave and remove the bowl. Use the rag to wipe out the microwave.


Clean the Grill with Lemon Salt Scrub 

It’s time for a new season of tasty outdoor cooking! This citrus cleaner will help you get the grill in top shape for your first cookout of the year, and for all those to come throughout the summer. The lemon juice and salt work together to cut grease and scrub away grime.

1 tablespoon fine ground sea salt
Juice of 2 Paramount Citrus lemons


1. Stir together the lemon juice and salt in a small dish.

2. Use a rag to apply the cleaner to the grill grate. Rub the cleaner over the grate with the rag or a grill brush. Scrub well and rinse with warm water.

Do you prefer giving handmade gifts? This tutorial from Pretty Handy Girl might be right up your alley. Need a gift for somebody you aren’t terribly close to? How about DIY Scented Room Spray? It’s something everybody needs and with so many preferring homemade to get away from chemicals, I’m sure a bottle along with the recipe (and maybe oils to make again) would be quite welcome.

How to: Unclog a Drain w/o Harsh Chemicals

If you’re a natural chica like me or just happen to have a lot of hair, you may have experienced a clogged drain or two after shampooing in your shower…

Yup.  It sucks.

Well, I had this issue earlier in the week and since I (1) don’t like to spend money and (2) don’t like harsh chemicals I decided to find an alternative method. All you need is  baking soda to do the trick alone; here’s how I did it:

1. I mixed a whole box of Arm & Hammer baking soda with hot water to make a thick paste.

2. I poured the paste mixture into my drain and let it sit for 30 minutes.   into my drain.

3. After 30 minutes I ran HOT water to clear the drain of the paste.

Voila! The water ran clearly with no water build-up.