Going green in your home is one of the most practical ways you can help to lighten your carbon footprint. But if you are unable to spend loads of money on solar heaters, water tanks and turbine solutions, then one of the best ways to make your input is to switch from using store-bought chemicals to natural home cleaning products
Not only are you helping to improve the environment, you are also helping your family by removing long-lasting chemical fumes that could leave you coughing and suffering from allergies without understanding what the cause is.
The good news is that you can easily clean your entire home with a few basics and a little knowledge.
Easy Green Cleaning
White vinegar is quite possibly the single best item you can keep in your home for natural cleaning. Vinegar can be used to clean your windows, toilets, as a fabric softener or as a degreaser. Mould and mildew are easily scrubbed away with vinegar. A mixture of vinegar and tree tea oil in a spritz bottle is ideal for cleaning and sterilising counter tops and deodorising your home.
Use lemon juice to remove stains by dabbing it directly onto the stained item before washing.
Soaking dull linens in a lemon and water mixture will leave them looking sparkling and bright again. Sanitise your cutting boards by rubbing a lemon generously over it and remove grime from your microwave oven by heating the juice and peels of the lemon. Lemons are extremely versatile and the whole fruit can be used to clean, degrease or refresh your home.
Use baking soda as a deodoriser or to get rid of grease build up in your kitchen. Clean out stinky drains by adding a half a cup of baking soda, followed by a half a cup of vinegar. Rinse with boiling water after 15 minutes to leave your drains clean and smelling fresh again. Another great use for baking soda is to simply add a small bowl into your fridge to absorb odours that might be lingering.
Mix salt with baking soda to make a gentle scrub for degreasing and cleaning your kitchen sinks and showers. Soaking clothes in salty water before a wash cycle will help to remove perspiration stains on clothes. Or sprinkle salt onto a parchment paper and iron over it; this helps to release build up on the iron that you can simply wipe away as soon as the iron has cooled down.
A concentrate of vegetable oil, Castile soap is great for cleaning everywhere within your home, including yourself and your pets. This is a gentle soap perfect for combatting germs and removing grease accumulation.
Use an inexpensive olive oil on a soft cloth to polish and brighten your furniture. Mix with a little bit of lemon juice to smooth out scratches and make your furniture look as good as new!
Using natural products to clean your home cannot be easier with these items. Not only are all of these ingredients good for the environment, but you and your family will be able to enjoy the benefits of green cleaning. Check out our Spring Cleaning Tips This Autumn for more quick and easy solutions to get your home in tip-top shape.