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Dear Parents, on this World Nature Conservation Day (July 28, 2021), we call out to all the nature warriors out there to show us what we can all do to help save planet Earth.

Many of us use chemical-based home cleansing products such as fresheners, sanitizers, insect repellents, detergents, disinfectants, etc. that are destroying our precious ecosystem.

Help us become fellow nature warriors. Share with us your natural homemade alternatives to chemical-based home products.

All you have to do is, start a comment in this thread mentioning:
- Name the ingredient/s
- Tell us how to use it
- A picture of your homemade product
and click 'SEND'

For example, if you use lemon/ vinegar to clean those dirty dishes OR eucalyptus oil as a mosquito repellent OR any of your homemade concoctions for keeping your home free of toxic chemicals.

The Top 3 winners win BIG Rewards:
Amazon gift voucher of Rs.5,000 for the Winner
Amazon gift voucher of Rs.2,500 for 2nd and 3rd runners-up
And that’s not all, we have DISCOUNT VOUCHERS for ALL participants.

So, hurry up!

Have more than one idea? Feel free to send multiple entries. Remember, the more hacks you share, the more chances of winning!! ... more

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Team ParentCircle Sep 21, 2021

Congratulations to our Winners :)

Team ParentCircle Aug 16, 2021

A BIG Thankyou to each and every participant for sharing their hacks with us.
The Contest stands CLOSED!
Please watch out this space for Winners.

All the best everyone :)

Jisha Varghese Aug 12, 2021

Bilimbi and rock salt paste
A super tile cleaner.Blend few bilimbi and few teaspoons of rock salt and make a paste.
Rub it on dirty tiles and scrub it gently.Tiles sparkle.

Jisha Varghese Aug 12, 2021

Coconut shell powder
Is a very good abbressive and has antibacterial properties.It can also be used in making homemade insence sticks along with dried rose petals and cow dung.It burns well and spreads the scent to freshen room.

Jisha Varghese Aug 12, 2021

Ramacham or Vettiver
Its dried roots are very good antibacterial property loaded ones.
Boiled water using these roots ,its leaves, can be used to clean floors,bath and also used for aroma therapy.

Rakhee Mullick Aug 10, 2021

Steep tobacco leaf in water overnight, strain the water and transfer it in a sprayer,use it as an insecticide in plants and also can be used to eradicate ants.

OAP • Aug 10, 2021

Use 1 cup apple cidar vinegar, a spoon of pepper and spoon of oil like neem or eucalyptus and mix well and spray at every corners for every 15 days. Spiders run away....

Saju Johnson Aug 8, 2021

Deodorizer for bathrooms
Frankincense
Egg shells
Camphor
Powder them in equal proportions and place them in toilets in perforated containers.The smell is steady.
It is antibacterial as well.

Saju Johnson Aug 8, 2021

Fabric freshener
Eucalyptus oil
Lemon juice
Chrysanthemum flowers
Cinnamon powder
Water
Blend all the above in a super blender and strain it into a vessel.Add few cups of water and store.Spray it on fabrics.Leaves a good fragrance.

Saju Johnson Aug 8, 2021

Easy clean powder
To clean dirty surfaces or daily use for cleaning utensils this chemical free powder can be used.It is cheap ,easy to make and store and worth the time.Definitely a value added product for our environment.
After grating coconut and taking out the milk from its fiber,dry the fibre in a sauce pan.Make it golden brown.Add coarse sand and rock salt to it.Grind it in a mixer and store it in a dry container.Use it for scrubbing dirty surfaces by applying it generously on dirty surfaces and wash wit water.

Rakhee Mullick Aug 7, 2021

Soak a piece of cotton in phenyl and place it is in the bathroom. The fresh smell lingers for days.

Rakhee Mullick Aug 7, 2021

Add a few drops of cologne to a large, shallow pan filled with water and freeze. Keep this scented ice under the fan in your room. It feels good during summer.

Rakhee Mullick Aug 7, 2021

For lingering and lasting fragrance in your clothes place used bottles of perfume in your cupboard.

Rakhee Mullick Aug 7, 2021

An easy method to clean and remove odour from fridge is to clean them with a mixture of a teaspoon of soda bicarbonate in a cup of water. Apply this on the inner and outer sides for easy cleaning.

Rakhee Mullick Aug 7, 2021

For a sparkling kitchen sink and bright tiles, rub a mixture of bleaching powder and water thoroughly over the tiles and sink. Leave overnight. Rinse with plain water in the morning to get gleaming tiles and sink.

Rakhee Mullick Aug 7, 2021

A mixture of vinegar with water applied on windows and dried with newspaper is a homemade solution to clean windows.

Rakhee Mullick Aug 6, 2021

Room freshner infused with fragrance of elaichi ,rosewater. Take 10 elaichi crush them with a mortar and pestle. You can also use 1teaspoon of elaichi powder mixed with 2teaspoon of rosewater,2teaspoon of talcum powder . Add a little water to make it a liquid about 2tablespoon water. All ingredients used are to spread their fragrance. Keep the solution in a sterilized sprayer and use it and see the fragrance fill in your rooms!

Anonymous
Aug 6, 2021

Hello, I am Radha Chauhan from Ghaziabad, U. P
I am a housewife. I have two little kids.
The chemical based things are harmful for us in many ways that doesn't appear
Quickly but results are very bad that's why I mostly use natural things for home cleaning, bathing, room freshners, face cleanser and many more
Dirt cleaner - best way to clean any type of dirt is ( lemon juice and baking soda) that mixture is magic
Floor cleaner - use alum (fitkari) and salt or lemon juice it's a best way to clean floor and smell
Mosquito and insects prevent - I just use Bay leaf + camphor laurel ( tez parts + labor) I burn both together in a safe place and shut the door of room after burning the mixture after sometime I enter into room and the fragrance of it so lovely and No mosquito 😊
I have more natural way to keep my family safe from chemical products
All these ways are instant and easy to make, I no worry to store it anywhere

Radha Chauhan Aug 6, 2021

Hello,

Rakhee Mullick Aug 5, 2021

Mix 30ml coconut oil with a few drops of peppermint oil , store in a bottle apply it on your body to protect against mosquito bites.

Rakhee Mullick Aug 5, 2021

Pudina/mint leaves is very useful as insect repellent. It can be used in garden or anywhere to avoid spiders, flies, mosquitoes, ants,moths,mice,bugs. 1 cup Fresh pudina lightly crushed and boiled in 2cups of water, cooled can be kept in a sprayer ,spray it in the house were insects are found see the difference!

Rakhee Mullick Aug 5, 2021

Using dried neem leaves and potli made with kalonji/kalajeera is kept between woollen clothes to protect it from insects.

Rakhee Mullick Aug 5, 2021

Bleaching powder mixed with water also is a good floor cleaner and is used to sanitize surfaces. In 2litres of water add 2tablespoon of bleaching powder,shake well and transfer it in a sprayer and use it as a sanitizer.

Rakhee Mullick Aug 5, 2021

Homemade floor cleaner. Wash some neem leaves and boil in a utensil with 2 1/2 litres of water for 30 mins. Let it cool then add 1camphor,1 naphthalene and 1tablespoon of salt. Mix well transfer the prepared floor cleaner in a bottle. Add 50 ml in 5 litres of water when cleaning floor, see how nice the room smells and eradicate insects!

Rakhee Mullick Aug 5, 2021

Used tea bags dried can be used as freshner as it is capable of absorbing bad odours, can be kept in cars, shoes, also essential oils can be added to spread a fragrance.

Rakhee Mullick Aug 5, 2021

Aloevera Neem sanitizer. We need to wash neem leaves and boil it in 2cups of water. When water starts to boil add camphor and 1teaspoon of haldi/turmeric powder. Boil for 30 minutes, cool and strain the mixture. Cut aloevera remove the gel and mix with the prepared water solution. Keep the solution in a sterilized container and ready for use.

Rakhee Mullick Aug 5, 2021

Neem disinfectant. Clean wash neem leaves, boil them with water in a pan for 30 minutes, cool and keep it in a sprayer, use it in plants keeps plants free of insects.

Rakhee Mullick Aug 4, 2021

A homemade 90%disinfectant. Ingredients are one cup distilled water or boiled water cooled down to room temperature, 1/2tablespoon baking soda, 1/4cup vinegar and one lemon. Add water ,soda, vinegar you will see bubbles rising as a reaction to that add juice of one lemon. Let it rest for some time , then transfer it to a sprayer, now it is ready to use.

Rakhee Mullick Aug 4, 2021

Egg shells have a lot of uses, when you poach or make omlette retain the shell and keep it in corners it will help eradicate lizards.
Egg shells grounded into a powder can be used as a pesticide when added to home plants as it consists calcium and magnesium .
Powdered egg shell when used with washing powder used for cleaning utensils removes burnt marks from utensils.

Sajuli B Aug 4, 2021

BOIL TEA LEAVES WITH AMLA JUICE AND USE IT TO SHINE THE HAIR INSTEAD OF USING SILK AND SHINE SERUM.

Rakhee Mullick Aug 3, 2021

Room freshner using baking soda which absorbs odours in the house, and fabric conditioner which spreads its fragrance. Mix 2teaspoon of fabric conditioner with 2 teaspoon of soda in a small container put it nto a perforated cloth so as to help in circulation of air. The potli can be placed in various places in the house and acts as a room freshner.

Rakhee Mullick Aug 3, 2021

Coffee powder put into a container and placed in a potli can also be used as a room freshner. It can be kept in book shelves and various corners in the house, see the smell of coffee spreading in your room.

Rakhee Mullick Aug 3, 2021

Sandalwood oil or any essential oils can be used in old mosquito repellent diffuser as room freshner

Rakhee Mullick Aug 3, 2021

Aloevera hand sanitizer. To make it you require 100ml aloevera gel extracted from aloevera, 40 ml (70%) rubbing alcohol, few drops of glycerin to keep your hands soft, and few drops of body oil or any essential oil to add fragrance to the sanitizer. Mix well and transfer it to a sanitized bottle.

Rakhee Mullick Aug 3, 2021

Mix together 1/2 cup glycerine, 1/4cup savlon, 2 teaspoon rosewater (for fragrance) and pour it into sterilized bottles and use it as hand sanitizer.

Jisha Varghese Aug 3, 2021

Turmeric smoking
Every evening in a earthern fumigation pot add few charcoal pieces light it till spoke comes out.On top of it leave two teaspoons of turmeric powder.
The strong fumes will drive away mosquitoes.

Jisha Varghese Aug 3, 2021

Toilet and closet cleaner
Make a paste of
3 long tamarind fruits
1/2 cup natural vinegar
1 cup calcium powder from broken shells
1/2 cup charcoal.
Mix it and slightly apply on toilet closet surfaces.
After half an hour brush it thoroughly and wash the surfaces with warm water.
Toilets will be clean the natural way.Do it at least twice in a week for better results.

Renu Bansal Aug 2, 2021

Natural Anti Bacterial room spray
सामग्री:-
पानी: 1 गिलास
पुदीना पत्ते: 12-15
कपूर: 1inch
दालचीनी: 2-3
लौंग: 6-7
विधि: पानी में सभी सामग्री डालकर 5-7 मिनट तक धीमी आंच पर गर्म होने दें । ठंडा होने पर छान ले तैयार है मेरा Natural Anti bacterial room spray


Renu Bansal Aug 2, 2021

Natural flower frequency room spray
सामग्री:-
पानी: 1 गिलास
फूल: 15-18 चम्पा और 2 गुलाब
विधि: पानी में दोनो फूलो को डालकर 5 मिनट तक धीमी आंच पर गर्म होने दें । ठंडा होने पर छान ले तैयार है मेरा Natural flower frequency room spray


Jisha Varghese Aug 2, 2021

Camphor pepper mix
To keep your kitchen cabins free of insects and smell good mix camphor powder and pepper powder in equal halves and sprinkle.

Jisha Varghese Aug 2, 2021

Jackfruit insect trap
Pluck jackfruit tree leaves and there is a sticky sap that flows out.Collect them in a plate.Add sugar powder to it and few caps of water and blend it well.Spray it at areas where flies turn a menace.Flies will stick to it.

Arathi Vishwanath Aug 2, 2021

Put cloves in sugar box to get protected by ants

Arathi Vishwanath Aug 2, 2021

Put red chillies in rice box to preserve the rice for long time period from not getting worms in it

Saju Johnson Jul 31, 2021

Natural soapy solution
Instead of using harmful soaps for bathing and washing dishes make a natural soapy solution out of pulp of hibiscus leaves.You may add few table spoons of lemon juice to make it smell better.

Saju Johnson Jul 31, 2021

Jasmine room spray
In mild coconut vinegar leave fresh jasmine flowers for half an hour.Add eucalyptus oil to it and spray on curtains,bed sheets,sofas,doormats.It acts as good room freshener.

Saju Johnson Jul 31, 2021

Panineer rose table cleaner.
Pull out petals of fresh panineer rose and leave in salted water for 5 minutes.Now use this water to clean tables.It leaves a very soothing smell on tables used in dining areas.

Preeti Bothra Jul 30, 2021

Citrus infused vinegar-Fill a jar with organic citrus peels & pour undiluted white vinegar over them.Leave for a few days up to 2weeks & stain out the vinegar to use as a natural cleaner.It works as a window cleaner dilute with water,for mopping floors or for disinfecting surfaces.
2.Use hit chalk for keeping away cockroaches from kitchen.
PreetiJain-Pune.

Qureshi Safiya 93 Jul 30, 2021

Ingredients:
vinegar
water
spray bottle
How to use it:
Spray directly on the stain
Let sit for 5-10 minutes
Clean with a brush or sponge using warm soapy water.

OAP • Jul 30, 2021

Coconut oil, salt, turmeric can be a good remedy for tooth ache and mouth ulcers. Leave behind painkillers and try this

OAP • Jul 30, 2021

Castor oil. All you need to do is gently apply on your painful cracks of feet and fingers of hand and leave overnight. You can see wonders. Castor oil is used for dry and patchy skin too

Aarti Daryani Jul 28, 2021

If you want to curd and you dnt hve lil curd to form you can take chilli to form curd ..just put a chilli in a lil warm milk and after two_ three hours your fresh dahi is ready to hve vth yum parathas
From Aarti Daryani.

Team ParentCircle Jul 29, 2021

@Aarti Daryani

Hi Aarti,
We are looking forward for home-based alternatives to chemical cleaning products that we use in our homes.

Saju Johnson Jul 29, 2021

Hibiscus flower.
Dried hibiscus flowers or paste of fresh flowers can be used as natural anti bacterial pack.It is also a great detoxification agent.

Aarti Daryani Jul 28, 2021

1)To get rid of mosquitoes you can place puja ki samagri_kapoor in your room in 4 corners ..mosquitoes vll nt cme and you can have a happy peaceful sleep.
2)To form dahi u need dahi but you dont have so take a chilli and put in a little warm milk and magic dahi will be formed you can hve yummy fresh dahi vth parathas.
From Aarti Daryani

Jisha Varghese Jul 27, 2021

Rock salt natural air purifier.
Leave little amount of rock salt in an open vessel in every room.It absorbs all undesired smells,microbes and fights to keep room fresh.

Jisha Varghese Jul 27, 2021

Stove burner oil stain cleaner.
Leave stained oily burners overnight with mild natural vinegar and starch solution.Next morning wipe it off with warm water.

Jisha Varghese Jul 27, 2021

Dried tulasi fumigation
Dry leaves and flowers of tulasi and smoke it every evening inside the house.It reduces cob webs and cleans air.Leaves a soothing smell too.

Jisha Varghese Jul 27, 2021

To prepare your own mango leaf hair pack at home, boil 10–15 fresh mango leaves in 2/3 cups (150 mL) of water.Add freshly ground mango leaves paste to it and apply on hair.Wash it off after 15 minutes.Repeat it every fortnight for thicker hair.Avoid chemical shampoos.

Jisha Varghese Jul 27, 2021

Herbal orange room freshening candles
Peel the orange like forming a cup out of its skin and pour in melted old crayon pieces into it,leaving a cotton thread in the middle..Whenever the room needs to feel fresh,light the candle.Orange peel will do its job.

Jisha Varghese Jul 27, 2021

Natural coconut vinegar
Collect water of coconut and drop few grams of sugar in it and leave it at room temperature for 2 days.Once fermentation starts move it into fridge.Filter the slimy layer out.Add few drops of lime juice to it and leave for a week in fridge itself.Use it for cleaning purpose,like washing basins.

Saju Johnson Jul 26, 2021

Deskin garlic and make a smooth paste of it.Add it to double amount of water and mix well.Spray it in corners of external windows and doors.This will keep away poisonous small insects from entering home.Its pungent smell acts as insect repellent.

Saju Johnson Jul 25, 2021

Ginger rub pedicure and manicure.
Why spend lots of money on chemical based pedicure and manicure products.I use ginger rubs .Leave fresh cut ginger in warm water for 5 minutes.Dip hands and feet in that water and slowly scrub using that piece of ginger.Results after 5 to 6 sessions is amazing.

Saju Johnson Jul 25, 2021

Garcinia cambogia
I use dried parts of it along with few drops of lemon juice to clean oily dishes.It leaves a pleasant smell and shine to utensils.Good alternative for harsh oil removing dish washing soaps.

Saju Johnson Jul 25, 2021

Nutmeg mace
I powder it when dried and use it to gargle with warm water.Works very well as mouth cleanser.

Saju Johnson Jul 25, 2021

Coleus amboinicus
I use fresh leaves to scent laundry and hair by leaving the leaves in water used for the respective purposes.It is also grown as an ornamental plant

Saju Johnson Jul 25, 2021

Biophytum sensitivum
I make a paste of its leaves and flowers and apply it on allergic areas on skin.
Best alternative for chemical anti allergic sprays and ointments. Its extracts are traditionally believed to be antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumor, radioprotective, chemoprotective, antiangiogenetic, wound-healing, immunomodulatory, anti-diabetic, and cardioprotective in nature.

P Saranya Jul 25, 2021

Bio enzyme liquid for cleaning surfaces, mopping floors.
Jaggery, citric peels and water. 1:3:10. Fermented for 2 months.

P Saranya Jul 25, 2021

Poonga seeds for washing dishes. Boil in water. Remove seed, squash and filter to use solution as dish wash liquid. Chemical free and can be use for tough oily stains also.

P Saranya Jul 25, 2021

Neem sticks for brushing. Tried and tested for centuries to improve oral hygiene.

P Saranya Jul 25, 2021

Ingredient - ash from burnt neem leaves
Replaces - toothpaste
Use - to brush teeth
Benefit - improves oral hygiene in a natural way

Kavita Jul 24, 2021

GARLIC PODS / EGG SHELLS
repellent for lizards

Keeping garlic pods and egg shells in places visited by lizards, sometimes helps to keep these pests away.
However there is no fool proof method or substance that can give guaranteed result on these pests

Kavita Jul 24, 2021

LIZARD REPELLENT

ONION
Peeled onion cut into thin slices or onion juice works as a good REPELLENT for lizards.
You can either place these cut onion pieces close to the place where u see lizards often. Or you can spray onion juice in such places. Blend 2-3 onions in a grinder, strain the juice and fill in bottles.
Use this spray for lizards in balconies or open spaces. This repellent may not be feasible to use inside the house, because of the strong pungent smell of onions.

Kavita Jul 23, 2021

ANT REPLLENTS

If you see a trail of ants anywhere in the house or a colony of them collected in one place, try the following repellents-
1. TURMERIC POWDER
Sprinkle some finely ground TURMERIC POWDER on them. Draw lines with this powder wherever you see the ants moving. They will vanish within minutes.

2. SUGAR
Drop a spoonful of daily use sugar crystals in the place where they have collected together. I wonder how, but instead of attracting more ants, the sugar helps to repel them. Probably they get busy collecting and taking away the sugar crystals to a safe place, thereby leaving your home.





Udhvita.G 's Mom Jul 23, 2021

MOSQUITO REPELLENT
INGREDIENTS :
LEMON
CLOVES
HOW TO USE:
CUT THE LEMON INTO HALF AND PLACE THE CLOVES ON THE LEMON AND KEEP IT IN CORNER OF UR ROOM THAT KEEPS THE MOSQUITOES AWAY.
ALSO TRY TO PLACE MINT,CORIANDER, TULSI, MEXICAN MINT AT UR HOUSE TO LEEP THE MOSQUITOES AWAY.

Udhvita.G 's Mom Jul 23, 2021

NATURAL MOSQUITO REPELLENT
INGREDIENTS:
NEEM OIL
COCONUT OIL
CAMPHOR
MATERIAL REQUIRED:
USED MOSQUITO REPELLENT BOTTLE /LAMP
HOW TO USE
CLEAN THE USED BOTTLE WELL. ADD EQUAL AMOUNT OF NEEM AND COCONUT OIL AND LITTLE AMOUNT OF CAMPHOR POWDERED.DILUTE THEM WELL ADD IN YHE BOTTLE OR LAMP. WILL STAY UPTO 7HRS.

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