Most people think of eco-friendly cleaning as expensive or an ineffective method of cleaning, however some natural cleaning products are cheap and readily available. Cleaning is a chore to most people and therefore not naturally desirable. This is why shuffling through your cooking ingredients for vinegar, lemon, bicarbonate of soda or salt can add a bit of excitement to cleaning around your home.
Below are some cheap, quick and highly effective eco-friendly tips that will change your perspective of domestic cleaning as well as put a sparkle back into your home. Before you read any further, it is important that you understand the definition of eco-friendly (green) cleaning ingredients. They are natural ingredients that are non-toxic to the cleaned environment and will biodegrade after use.
Only use white vinegar for cleaning – coloured ones may stain. Apart from using vinegar to prevent ice build-up on your car windscreen, getting rid of slugs or keeping cats away. Vinegar is naturally acidic so it can be used as an antibacterial and is commonly used for:
- Carpet cleaning: by mixing 60ml of vinegar in 4.5 litres of water, use the mixture to rinse the carpet after shampooing. It will keep it fresh for longer as well as remove any residual shampoo detergent.
- Limescale build-up: most popular with kettles and showerheads. For kettles, boil 150ml of vinegar with ¼ pints of water and rinse thoroughly after. For showerheads, remove the showerhead and boil in a 50:50 mix of water to vinegar, then simmer for 5 minutes.
- Chopping board: vinegar cuts through grease and bacteria especially on the cutting board, whether wooden, plastic or glass.
- Chrome and metal surfaces: vinegar is king when it comes to polishing kettles, toasters and other equipment with an aluminium shell. For the best results, use a microfiber cloth. Spray undiluted vinegar onto the cloth and wipe the surface in a unidirectional pattern. Do this a few times and you can get addicted to it.
- Microwave and oven: microwave splash is very annoying and so is the dark sticky grime found in an oven. For a microwave, mix 4 tablespoons of vinegar with a cup of water and place in the microwave for 1 minute. The vapour softens the hard stains and kills bacteria lurking about. Wipe off any dirt, and then use the vinegar to wipe down the oven after use to freshen and neutralize the odour.
- Glass cleaner: mix 3 tablespoons of white vinegar with ½ tablespoon of detergent and 1 cup of water. Mix the solution thoroughly in a spray bottle, some people recommend the use of newspaper (old ones of course) to polish the window. We will recommend a proper glass cleaning cloth or a microfiber cloth for polishing.
- Toilets: as we’ve mentioned several times already vinegar is an acidic solution and it loves fighting stains and bacteria. Spray stubborn stains and brush thoroughly to remove the stains. You can also deodorise the bowl by adding 1 pint of vinegar and leave for ½ hours before flushing.
I hope these tips have got you inspired and excited to go green as you clean your homes and offices. Vinegar can be applied to cleaning most parts of a house, so feel free to explore. We will be looking into bicarbonate of soda next, so please login soon for more eco-friendly tips.
More alternatives to help keep your home clean…
Iron and Velvet Glass & Mirror Cleaner
Bio-D Toilet Cleaner
Iron and Velvet Oven Cleaner
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