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Toxic Free Living
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Hello Lovelies!

Like many of you, we are also on the journey to toxic free living and with that, comes a natural progression to reduce, reuse & recycle where possible.

The health of our home is just as important to us as the health of our body & the planet.  Creating a toxic free living enviroment means we can tick all of these boxes.

People often ask me what they can do to ensure the beautiful glass bottles that we use don’t end up in landfill and contribute to unneccesary waste.

If you live in Gippsland, we have a number of stockists who are more then happy to receive your empty bottles (you can find the list of participating stockists further down the blog). I then collect the bottles to wash, sterilise and reuse by refilling with our gut loving Cider Tonic.

You can also bring along your empty bottles to any of the events or markets that we attend. To keep up to date with our upcoming events, check out our events page.

But not everyone can attend the markets, nor do they live in Gippsland. So what other options are there, I hear you ask?

Glass is a beautiful product that is perfect for reusing – and not just for Cider Tonic. Over the last two years I have been slowly converting my laundry & kitchen cupboard products from chemical based cleaning to making my own toxic free versions.  I find the 550ml bottles (with the use of a pump dispenser) work perfectly for this and look beautiful to boot.

Read on for some great ideas on how you can reuse your CT bottles at home!

Check out these super easy toxic free recipes for you to try at home.


How can I reuse my bottles?

There are any number of great ways for you to reuse your empty Cider Tonic bottles.

  • I often use them to store fresh picked herbs in water.  I  keep them on the kitchen window sill so that they are always on hand when I am cooking. Often if I leave them long enough they will start to develop roots and I can then go and plant them in the garden.
  • For storing home made sauces.
  • Why not fill your bottle with a tasty flavoured oil such as garlic or chili oil? They make great gifts!
  •  Storage for homemade toxic free cleaning and beauty products.
  • By adding one of our new handy dispensers it makes them no fuss and no mess.









Toxic Free Homemade Washing up Detergent

An easy homemade washing up detergent recipe that is toxic free.
Author: Marina


  • 1/3 Cup Washing Soda
  • 1 Cup Liquid Castile Soap
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Tbsp Vegetable Glycerine
  • 10 Drops Essential Oils of your choice (optional)


  • Bring water to the boil
  • Place washing soda into a heatproof bowl & stir in the boiling water and continue to stir until the washing soda is completely dissolved.
  • Allow mixture to cool to room temperature
  • Once cooled add the castile soap, glycerine & essential oil of your choice and give it a good stir. I usually like to use Lemongrass essential oil for a zesty pick me up when doing the dishes.
  • Decant into your empty Cider Tonic bottle and add your pump dispenser


Each time you use the detergent be sure to give it a good shake to imulsify the ingredients. A couple of squirts for a sink full of dishes should do the job. I always have on hand some baking soda to sprinkle on to pots & pans that may need that extra helping hand.
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Toxic Free Homemade Liquid Hand Soup

Super quick & easy handwash


  • 1/2 Cup Castile Liquid Soap
  • 1/2 Cup Distilled Water
  • 1 TB Vitamin E Oil (optional)
  • 1 TB Sweet Almond Oil
  • 20 Drops Essential Oils (of your choice)


  • In the Cider Tonic Bottle add the water first then add the Castile soap
  • Now add the Almond oil, Vitamin E oil & your choice of Essential Oils
  • Add one of our pump dispensers & shake well.


You will notice that the ingredients will seperate after a while, just be sure to give them a good shake to emulsify the ingredients each time you use it.



You can even refill your bottles with our

Bulk Refill Pouches with 450 & 950 ml options.

Another new option for when you are purchasing or reordering your Cider Tonic are our refill spout pouches. This is your opportunity to buy in bulk, save money and refill your bottles. You will find them in the drop down menu as an option to purchase along with our bottles of Cider Tonic.

Our refill spout pouches come in 450ml|$39.95 or 950ml| $79.95 varieties & are available for Cider Tonic Original, Vegan & Unsweetened Editions.



Your option to purchase the new Pump Dispensers & Bulk packs can be found at the point of purchase.

Reduce Reuse Recycle #waronwaste

Cider Tonic Stockists accepting bottle returns:

Udder & Hoe– Loch & Kilcunda

The Meeniyan Store– Meeniyan

Cafe Aga– Yarram

Onyx Wholefood Cafe– Traralgon

Angels Healthfoods– Cowes

Raw Harvest Cafe– Newborough

The Local– Inverloch


Until next time, get out there & enjoy the little things in life.
Remember to love your guts like l love your guts!



Marina | Cider Tonic