There’s been a huge rise over the last year in “cleaning influencers”, and this has caused a huge boom in cleaning product sales. While it’s all well and good keeping your home clean and tidy, the nasty side effects of this cleaning trend is more and more toxic chemicals are being poured down the drain, and huge amounts of plastic packaging is going straight to landfill.
There’s nothing wrong with following the trend in keeping an immaculate home, but why not break the mould and opt for eco-friendly, homemade products instead? This way you’re still cleaning you home but at no harm to yourself, your pets and the environment!
Here are some really simple but effective cleaning solutions that won’t break the bank or cause damage to the environment.
All purpose cleaner:
This does exactly what it says on the tin, you can use it in your kitchen, dining room, bedroom and bathroom. One really simple recipe is to soak lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit peal in a bottle of vinegar (If you have a local zero waste store you will find this in the cleaning section). The longer you leave it, the stronger the citrus smell.
I usually leave mine for two weeks, so when you still have a bottle of the cleaner I would start soaking the next batch. Then in a spray bottle mix half the vinegar and half water. Shake it up and you’ve got yourself a really easy and super cheap all purpose cleaner!
I used to use limescale remover from a bottle, and the first time I used it I couldn’t believe how strong it was! I took one breath next to the kettle and started to choke, from that moment on I thought if I can’t even breath next to it, why on earth am I putting this in my kettle?!
One really simple kettle de-scaler is Citric Acid. It works better at descaling than vinegar, and is food safe, so won’t leave any nasty chemicals or tastes in the kettle for weeks after! just fill the kettle to half full and add 2-3 tablespoons of the citric acid, leave it for 30 mins and discard!
Toilet cleaner is another really damaging cleaning product, all you’re doing is flushing extra strong bleach straight down the drain in into the water ways.
For a natural and cheap way to keep you toilets spick and span spray your all purpose cleaner all around the bowl, on the seat and the lid, allow it to sit for 5-10 mins and then sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda, scrub using a toilet brush and voila! a clean toilet using simple household items.
Washing up liquid:
Did you know that some popular washing up liquid actually says “Harmful to aquatic life with long lasting effects”?! If it’s damaging the environment, why would I want to be cleaning my plates, cutlery and mugs with it? So this may not be a ‘homemade’ one, but I really like using castile soap, it’s simple and non toxic! It can come in either a liquid or solid form.
Your fridge can be full of smells, you have a whole combination of foods in there, and something is going to create that typical fridge smell.
So one really simple way to eliminate this without any chemicals is to keep a small dish with some baking soda in it towards the back of the fridge, it’s excellent at soaking up smells. One other option is charcoal, this has some amazing purifying properties, so work really well at removing bad smells too!
This is so simple but so effective, simply combine 1/2 cup of vinegar with 4 cups of hot water, allow to cool and transfer into a spray bottle!
Cleaning cupboard essentials:
- Household vinegar
- Bicarbonate of soda
- Citric acid
- Castile soap
- Citrus peels
- Empty spray bottles
- Essential oils (Add to all purpose cleaner or window cleaner for extra freshness)
- Loofah sponges
- Bamboo cleaning cloth