Shannon Lush's Cleaning Kit

Discover Shannon Lush's all-important eco-friendly Cleaning Kit and learn the value of non-toxic must-haves like bicarb soda, white vinegar, unprocessed bran and tea tree oil.

Bicarb Soda – an alkaline and mild abrasive. Also a natural cleaning agent. When mixed with white vinegar cleans hard surfaces very efficiently.

White Vinegar – a mild acid. When mixed with bi-carb soda a chemical reaction occurs.

Methylated Spirits – an alcohol solvent, which removes pen marks

Lavender Oil – when mixed with water it becomes a mild cleaner and deoderiser – good for finger marks on walls and general light cleaning. Also an effective air freshener and personal insect repellent. Mix 1 teaspoon per litre of water

Lemon Oil – extracted from the peel of the lemon, very good at keeping spiders and other insects at bay and also for stain removal

Tea Tree Oil – an oil extracted from the tea tree bush. It’s used as an anti-bacterial. Also good at getting sticky marks/labels off jars etc.

Oil of Cloves - cold pressed oil from the dried flower bud of the clove tree. A useful mould inhibitor and insecticide. To lift mould from shoes add a quarter of a teaspoon of oil of cloves to 500ml bottle of Baby Oil. Daub onto leather with pantyhose and wipe mould away.

Unprocessed Wheat Bran – a light abrasive and absorbent, when mixed with white vinegar and placed in a pair of pantyhose makes an effective cleaner for soft toys, dusty lamps, sisal flooring and more

Tea – Contains tannic acid which cleans timber. Make up a teapot with 4 or 5 tea bags and pour into a bucket of boiling water. Mop the timber with pantyhose dipped in the tea.

Pantyhose – Mildly abrasive fibres become more abrasive as they get wet – this won’t damage surfaces but cuts through grease and grime. To make a pantyhose mitten just wrap the hose around your fingers and fold the open end over your finger tips to form a glove - this can then be washed and re-used. This is a very good dust lifter when used with lavender oil and water.

For more information on how to use the cleaning kit, visit the Lush House show page.

You can find essential oils from your local supermarket, pharmacist, naturopath, health food stores or essential oil suppliers.

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Posted by Julie1908Report
Hi Shannon, my son spilt a Jerry can of unleaded petrol on the floor carpet in back seat of my Rav 4. How do I remove the smell of the Petrol and clean it up?
Posted by Sandy222Report
Hi Shannon, do you have any remedies to remove sharpie marker of a bonded leather couch & not discolour it??
Posted by Paulette2Report
Hi Shannon, I have slate look tiles in my shower recess and water ***ls in the recess as it wasn't designed to drain properly. I want to know if there is any way to remove the watermark that has built up. I have tried a lot of different products and am now at a loss??
Posted by Jay98Report
I'm in the States and enjoy your show and all the Tips & Tricky Tricks on cleaning, but you're not broadcast here on TV or Radio other than Web TV on Hulu. I have an area that the Men might like and delve into your Fine Art Restoration Skills at the same time. Cars, Motorcycles, Boats, Airplanes....interiors, exteriors, engines, grease, grime, stains and all the stuff that goes with maintaining, restoring and cleaning them, the shop & myself up? Vehicle maintenance is chock full of some very hazardous chemicals, good, better, healthier alternatives would be nice. I think it could go into a whole book by itself. Any helpful tid bits would be appreciated.
Posted by Helen976Report
Shannon, I got a stain from the wet road on my white line dress. My husband being helpful soaked it in whiteking oxy lift and sprayed it with preen.
All around the bottom it is now yellow.
Can it be saved or do I say goodbye to my lovely white line dress?
Posted by Sandra155Report
what is the best cleaner for old silver cutlery please?
Posted by LifeStyleReport
Hi Jane, the LifeStyle Team here. Hannah is quite right, for pantyhose try the hosiery section of your local supermarket or department store. Products such as unprocessed wheat bran can be found at health food stores and other specialty grocers.
Thanks for your contribution
LifeStyle Team
Posted by Report
@Jane, you can buy pantyhose (or stockings/hosiery as they are otherwise known) at supermarkets, pharmacies, Target/Kmart/Big W/Myer/David Jones etc. Wheat Bran is available in major supermarkets and most health food stores.
Posted by joodyanneReport
I spilt some tuna oil in a circle on a greyish concrete path. I have only used bleach (which didnt work of course) - can you tell me how to get rid of it - it's been there about 8 weeks now.
Posted by Report
Hi Shannon, love watching your show on Hulu. My friend has bed bugs at her house and her daughter is over here all the I going to get them? How do you get rid of them?