Eco friendly cleaning tips and solutions
Now its spring, that means its time for the dreaded spring clean, right? With all this time around the house recently, you might have jumped on the opportunity to clean the house top to bottom with ease already; congratulating yourself on such a great job like your Kim from ‘How clean is your house?’. If, however you’re like us, you have been putting it off, but you can’t keep using excuses like “there are no marigolds left in the shops” so now is the time to face it!
Best place to start is to get out what you need for the job, so what do you have under your kitchen sink? Are your cleaning products without harsh chemicals, cruelty free and plastic free? Its sometimes hard to find a good balance between convenience and the environment cause, but as demands and support grows for change, it does become easier. Currently in the supermarkets alone, there are more cleaning products being labelled “eco” than ever before. If you’re creative and have spare jars and empty spray bottles (perhaps left over from finished cleaning products) then it’s VERY easy to make your own eco friendly cleaning solutions which are also VERY cheap, so that’s great.
There are loads of books, blogs and websites with great information on creating your own cleaning solutions, just search online and have a read. White vinegar and baking soda are consistently the two essential kitchen items needed for any natural cleaning solutions. Combined with water, lemon juice and essential oils (we like lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree and lemon) a variety of cleaning solutions to tackle jobs around the house are born. Did you know you can often add salt to make fighting grease and grime much easier, as it works as a scrubber like a face scrub?
With the cleaning solutions sorted, choosing the right cloths, brushes and scourers needed to get deep into the oven grease and dust under all your photo frames is the next consideration. Last year we started our eco cleaning range, focusing on the washing up, with hopes to expand it soon with suggestions from our customers. Starting with a compostable coconut scourer made from coconut fibres, it’s non scratch and very flexible nature makes it perfect to get inside the smallest cups. When its past its best (2-4 weeks) you could use it to scrub the skirting boards and tackle the grease on top of the kitchen cupboards before popping it onto the compost. Our wooden dish brushes have interchangeable sisal bristle heads, so when its time to change it, you could use the old brush for scrubbing greasy oven doors and racks. For jobs where cloths are needed, you can always create your own from material remnants and rags. Old tea towels, muslin cloth, hessian, cotton or linen type materials all make great cloths for different jobs around the home and can be turned into ‘unsponges’ (small reusable sponges).
Whichever solutions work best for you, we wish you all the best with your spring clean, its not an envious job! Good luck.