Over the years, the thought of playing out part and reducing negative impact to our environment and sustainability has been a big part of most of our lives.
By reducing single use plastic, reducing our waste products, recycling goods, we now need to start thinking bout the chemicals we use inside our homes and how environment friendly they really are and of course thinking about the hazards these chemicals we use can have on us! Switching to ‘green’ cleaning has overall health benefits as well as being good for our environment as well as furnishings and surfaces.
So what natural products have we already got sitting on our shelves in our store cupboard that we can use as an alternative and natural cleaning solution. Here are some of our great useful tips:
- LEMON JUICE: Lemon juice can be looked upon as a natural bleach. It is acidic so you can use it to clean and disinfect. HOW: Cut half a lemon and use the fleshy half to rub over your surfaces. Go over the surface with a warm cloth to get rid of any stickiness. Lemon is great on stainless steel taps as it makes the surface shiny.
- WHITE VINEGAR: This is my number ‘go to’ cleaner a it is a natural disinfectant. It is mild and safe, yet acidic enough to cut through grease and grime and helps to get rid of limescale. You can polish with it, clean windows and makes stainless steel shiny! If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, add a drop of your favourite scented essential oil to the mix.
- BICARBONATE OF SODA: Like citric acid, this is great to clean sinks and baths with just a sprinkle on a cloth, some warm water and off you go. This is also great to use to freshen carpets. Simply sprinkle a little over your carpet, leave for 15 minutes and then hoover up to trap and life odour. Bicarb is also a great tile cleaning. Mix with some warm water to form a paste and then scrub away any grubby bits that have got into your grout and simply wipe off.
- ESSENTIAL OILS: You can use your favourite smells as natural antibacterial solutions as well as green cleaning solutions. You can use different smells for different areas of your home i.e. lemon for the kitchen for that freshness, peppermint or tea tree for the bathroom. Tea tree is anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral and will help to keep black mould you get on bathroom silicon away. Peppermint is also anti-fungal and the scent is really refreshing and energising. Lavender is also really soothing and has a lovely scent and this could be used to dust your bedroom with.
- CITRIC ACID: This is found naturally in citrus fruits and most bakers will have this in their store cupboard/pantry. Citric Acid is a great de-scaler. Use it in the kettle, washing machine and dishwasher. It is also good for cleaning the toilet when your loo bowl starts to go brown. Put 2 tablespoons in the loo and leave overnight for that white gleam.
HOW TO USE THE ABOVE FOR CLEANING: Take a glass or recycled spray bottle and fill up to 3/4 of warm water and then add either a 1/4 of white vinegar or a couple drops of essential oils and off you guy. If you have more than one bottle to use up, you can make these in advance and store them away so you can use these ‘green cleaners’ as and when needed.
**Please note that during these challenging times of Covid-19, it has been recommended that only bleach and alcohol should be used for cleaning. If you are concerned about Coronavirus then please continue to use these items as part of your cleaning routine**