All-Purpose Citrus Cleaner Recipe

This all-purpose cleaner is perfect for cleaning surfaces (countertops, windows, etc.) in addition to smelling wonderfully good.

What you need:

  • One 1 liter Masson Jar
  • Strainer
  • Funnel
  • Spray bottle


  • White vinegar
  • Citrus peels of your choice (orange, grapefruit, lemon)


Put all the citrus peels in a Masson jar and fill with white vinegar. Let sit for 2 weeks. Once filtered, transfer the mixture into the spray bottle with the funnel. Dilute the mixture with water. 

Fabric Freshener Recipe

Spray this fabric freshener on your clothes while they dry outside. You can change the fragrance according to your moods, preferences and/or seasons.

What you need:

  • Spray Bottle


  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/8 tbs of salt
  • 30 drops of essential oil of your choice (lavender, lemon, geranium, cedar, etc.)


Mix all the ingredients together and pour into the spray bottle. Spray directly onto clothing.

* Avoid using on silk

Lip Balm Recipe

This lip balm will only take a few seconds to make and is made without any harmful ingredients. You can re-use your empty lip balm tubes for this recipe.

What you need: 

  • Lip balm tubes
  • Pyrex dish
  • Pan/pot


  • 6 gr of cocoa butter
  • 12 gr of coconut oil
  • 8 gr of beeswax or soya wax
  • 10 drops of vitamin E
  • 5 drops of sweet mint essential oil 


Pour the first 3 ingredients in the pyrex dish and melt using a double boiler until completely melted. Let the mixture cool down, then add the vitamin E and the essential oil drops. Mix and pour in the tubes. Let the lip balm harden in the fridge for about 1 hour.

Our Essentials for a Zero-Waste and Minimalist Lifestyle

It's important to slowly incorporate these small gestures into our routine and respect our personal boundaries, in order to have fun while making these changes.  


Make purchases in bulk or choose products without extra packaging at the grocery store (Baleco makes excellent bulk cleaning supply refills).

Use your own containers when shopping (re-usable bags for bulk, Masson jars for liquid products such as oil, vinegar, etc., and any re-usable dishes for fish, meats, cheese, etc.).

Clean the cabinets by donating or getting rid of everything that has not been used in the last 3 months. (Utensils, spices, food processor, etc.)

Put emphasis on items you can re-use (coffee cups, stainless steel straws, Fabrik eco sandwich bags, washable sponges, etc.)

Compost organic waste!


Choose products that can be found in bulk (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothpaste: Rose Citron makes excellent ones).

Choose soap bars instead of shower gel.

Make your own cosmetics or re-fill those that can be purchased in bulk (many companies offer their products in bulk: Biobelle, Pepin, Bkind, etc.).

Clean-up your medicine cabinet and keep only what you actually use. You can bring your old products to your local pharmacy.

Choose natural cleaning products (vinegar, baking soda, essential oils, etc.).

Laundry Room

Make your own laundry detergent (Jacynthe's recipe is great!) or buy in bulk.

Replace fabric softener sheets with wool balls (on which you can put a few drops of essential oils in order to perfume the laundry). Laundry softener can be replaced with a little bit of white vinegar.

Dry your clothes outside to be more eco-friendly and save on your electricity bill.

The Marseille soap is a fabulous stain remover when rubbed directly on the stain.


Donate the clothes you no longer wear and favor second-hand clothes.

Rent your books from the local library instead of buying and accumulating them.

Choose natural fibers and quality clothing that will last forever.

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