The Green Life

Green cleaning solutions for the home

Green cleaning solutions are becoming increasingly popular as people become more aware of the environmental impacts of many of the chemicals that we use in the majority of our cleaning products. My own journey into green cleaning products started because my daughter has asthma and I found that she was very sensitive to a lot of the chemicals I was using. I needed to find something that was a little more gentle and soon discovered that I could make my own cleaning products that work just as well, have no nasty chemicals, and work out considerably cheaper as well. All I’ve needed to buy were a couple of spray bottles. I know they are plastic and therefore not exactly eco friendly but you only need to buy them once.

What are the advantages of green cleaning solutions?

There are so many reasons why people should consider going green when it comes to the cleaning products they use. They are better for the environment, and help to reduce plastic waste, and are better for our bank balances as well. We live in an age where we are always being told that we need to start working to save the environment and using green cleaning products can really help with this.

What can you use to clean with?

There are hundreds of different things to use but these are the ones that I have tried and tested. I think they work really well.

  • White Vinegar
    • It might have a strong smell but white vinegar is AMAZING as a cleaner. The smell can be masked by using essential oils. Personally, I like to use lemon oil because the citrus smell always makes it smell fresh. Because of the acid in it, vinegar is naturally antibacterial. You can use other vinegars but as they have colours in them they may cause staining. White vinegar has so many uses:
      • Glass Cleaning
      • Descaling limescale
      • Clearing grease and grime
      • Disinfecting
  • Lemon Juice
    • Lemon juice smells lovely and is a natural bleaching agent. I love the smell of it as well. To me citrus always smells fresh and clean. It also has a lot of uses
      • Bleaching whites and removing stains
      • Descaling taps
      • Refreshing wooden chopping boards
      • Freshening fridges
      • Furniture Polish
  • Bicarbonate of Soda
    • Bicarbonate of soda is very powerful as a cleaning agent, especially when it is combined with vinegar. It is a natural abrasive but gentle with it and it is a great deodoriser. There are so many things you can use it for but these are my favourite things:
      • Cleaning the microwave
      • Removing smells from carpets
      • Unblocking drains
      • Getting rid of mould and mildew

 

As you can see, there are things at home that you probably already have in your cupboard that can be used to clean your house without chemicals. It’s a win/win. The environment benefits, you aren’t exposed to nasty chemicals and you can save cash too!