April 07, 2018

Just like Grandma used to make

As I have been musing on eco-paint and having clean air in your home, I have also been thinking about green cleaning products. Whether you want to turn over a new leaf with your spring cleaning this year, or just maintain a cleaner, safer and more eco-friendly house, there are all sorts of things you can do to make a difference to your home environment.

The ingredients for many DIY household cleaners just like Grandma used to make are probably hiding in your pantry cupboard. White vinegar, baking soda, lemon, and salt have multiple uses in creating your very own products. You can also decant them into reusable spray bottles and jars to make your cleaning just a little bit more pleasurable. I’m a little obsessed with apothecary style bottles at the moment to be honest!

Here are a couple of recipes to get you started:

Bathroom cleaner for baths, basins and tiles
For daily cleaning or to get rid of soap scum, mix 1 part water with 1 part vinegar (and a few drops of essential oils such as lavender, eucalyptus or mint) in a spray bottle. Spray, let it sit for at least five minutes, and then wipe away.

All-purpose kitchen cleaner
Using a funnel, put 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon washing-up liquid, and 2 tablespoons vinegar into your spray bottle. Give it a stir. Let it sit for 1 minute then fill bottle with warm water and shake. Give it a few more minutes to calm down, and add a few drops of your favourite essential oil.

Glass cleaner
Mix 2 cups water, 1 cup hydrogen peroxide and ¼ cup lemon juice in your spray bottle. Hydrogen peroxide has stronger cleaning capabilities than vinegar and works much like bleach, just without any harmful health or environmental effects. The acidic lemon juice helps break down grime and add a fresh citrus scent.

If you don’t have the time or inclination to make your own household cleaners, there are some fantastic products you can buy to make your home cleaner and more beautiful. Even though some eco-friendly cleaning products still contain chemicals, they are based on natural ingredients that are more easily broken down than synthetic chemicals. But please don’t chuck out half used bottles of the big brand cleaners. Use them up and switch to an eco-friendly one product by product.

Here’s my round up of eco-friendly products:

  1. A good friend introduced me to Grove Collaborative. It is an auto-replenishment subscription service to help keep you stocked and on-budget with your home products. It is completely customizable. I particularly like their refillable glass spray bottles and their all purpose cleaner which comes as a concentrate so you can dilute to make it go a lot further.
  2. I’ve been pretty much in love with so many of the Mrs Meyers products since I arrived in the USA. I fell for the retro packaging but am so pleased that they also use concentrated, biodegradable formulas and at least 25% post-consumer plastic in their bottles. They smell amazing too.
  3. What could be better to help you do your dishes and clean your kitchen than some beautiful bottles on your countertop? The Caldrea kitchen basics gift set is so pretty, it would be nice to keep, not just as a gift! Natural ingredients and eight different fragrances to choose from too.
  4. The J.R. Watkins products have been around since 1868 and with their classic packaging and style we can see why. Their Orange Citrus Tub & Tile Cleaner smells divine, is environmentally-friendly and it’s safe for your septic system.
  5. Spring is a great time to clean your carpets. This natural Carpet Freshener from Eco Me helps freshen carpet and rugs without harmful chemicals. Its clean Citrus Sage scent leaves nothing behind but pure freshness. It will leave your home smelling great for a while as well.

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