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Green cleaning is becoming essential, because we really can’t go on polluting our planet the way we all have been.
But green cleaning products aren’t always the cheapest to buy.
Luckily there is a way around this, by making your own green cleaning products.
Now, before you shudder at the thought of spending precious time, you don’t really have, mixing up bizarre concoctions, there is some good news for you.
It is actually really simple to start cleaning your home with a few easy to find, easy on the purse, natural products. Some of which you may already have in your pantry.
To get you started on your DIY green cleaning mission, here’s a list of 9 green cleaning essentials you need in your cleaning armoury.
Between them they will cover off most cleaning jobs in your home.
9 Green Cleaning Essentials
1. Baking soda
Oh the wonderful natural cleaning power of baking soda! Here’s a list of just some of the things you can use it for:
- Scrubbin grouting with a toothbrush
- Sprinkling over mattresses, carpet and rugs to remove stains and smells
- Unblocking drains when mixed with white wine vinegar
- Cleaning the washing machine on a clean the machine cycle, when mixed with vinegar
- Cleaning the oven, again mixed with vinegar
- Applied via a lemon to buff and clean stoves and hobs
- Cleaning the dishwasher on a clean the dishwasher cycle, when mixed with vinegar
- Cleaning the microwave, mixed with vinegar and lemon
2. Cedar wood
A natural way to get rid of moths who are eating their way through your clothes. Pop some cedar wood balls into your drawers and wardrobes to say goodbye to moths. Read our post on all the ways to get rid of a moth infestation here: How to get rid of moths.
3. Citric acid
Dissolved in water you can use citric acid to scrub and disinfect the loo, descale showers and taps and to clean coffee machines.
4. Microfibre duster
I completely swear by my Oxo microfibre duster with an extendable arm and a flip top. It gets easily into every corner, however high, and actually attracts the dust rather than just swishing it around.
I find I really don’t need to use any polish when it gets used regularly.
5. Hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide can remove really worn in blood and protein stains on clothes, bed linen and even soft furnishings.
It isn’t necessarily colour safe, so you need to do a colour test first. But it can be a life saver when nothing else will shift nasty marks AND it is naturally occurring.
Use lavender in tandem with cedar wood balls in drawers, wardrobes and the laundry baskets to protect against moths.
You can also use lavender in your kitchen cupboards to ward off other insects.
Rub half a lemon directly on showers, taps and shower doors to get rid of limescale and tarnishing of and scrub hobs and stoves with half a lemon sprinkled with baking soda.
Combine lemon juice with baking soda and vinegar for a powerful, but lovely smelling, clean out of a stinky microwave.
Wait till the sunny days really come in to spring clean bed linen and soft furnishings and dry everything outside in the sunshine rather than in a drier. Remember anything with feathers in it needs to be dried flat and needs regular shaking to prevent clumping.
You’ll save a fortune on your drier or laundrettes.
Vinegar, like baking soda, has a multitude of uses – it can particularly help to:
- Descale shower and taps
- Clean toilets
- Descale irons
- Clean out dishwasher when mixed with baking soda
- Clean out washing machine when mixed with baking soda
- Clean shower walls with added dish liquid – though don’t use it on marble
- Clean carpets and rugs, with added salt – test for colour fastness first
- Disinfect and clean out the microwave when mixed with baking soda
- Disinfect and clean out the fridge
- Descale and degrease kitchen appliances such as coffee machines
As you can probably tell I’m really passionate about using green products around the house.
I’m also passionate about cleaning being as little of a time soak as possible.
If you’re also looking for ways tips get your house clean fast, with planet-friendly products, do pay a visit to one of the following recent cleaning posts:
- The ultimate 1 day spring cleaning checklist– For the spring clean that won’t take over your life!
- 10 genius time saving cleaning hacks
- How to descale a kettle with vinegar
Plus I’d love it if you popped over to our Zero Waste series. It’s a new series with a growing list of posts on getting rid of single-use plastic and turning your household zero waste.
Zero Waste – 7 Single-use plastics to ditch now
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