As a family that are concerned about the environment, we try to be as green as we can. And in our efforts to reduce our impact as much possible we have eliminated quite a few things from our life, like having a car and flying regularly.
But one thing I will not give up on having is a clean house. I want my house to sparkle and shine! However, I am not willing to compromise my green standards in order to achieve this. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need an arsenal of environmentally damaging heavy duty chemical products in order to clean your home – not when common household items will do the job. So here are some handy ways to clean your home in a chemical free way – and the fact that it’s very easy on the hip pocket is a bonus!
Mix 1 cup bicarb soda with 2 tablespoons of tea tree oil and enough boiling water to make a paste. Smear over dirty areas (like the bath ring), leave for 10 minutes and then scrub off, leaving your bath gleaming. It really makes the taps shine, too.
Mix 2 cups water, 1/3 cup white vinegar and ½ teaspoon of liquid soap in a spray bottle. Mix well, and then spray on the windows, cleaning off using old newspapers.
Mix 1 ½ cups of water with 5ml each of lavender and eucalyptus oil in a spray bottle. Shake well in order to disperse the oils before using to wipe down tables, counter tops, sinks or toilets.
Clearing out blocked sinks:
I must say that this is one of my favourite household jobs to perform – I just love a bit of fizzle and pop! Pour 3 cups boiling water down the sink in question. Then pour down a cup of bicarb soda. Leave it to sit for a minute then pour down a cup of vinegar, and stand back to watch the reaction! Leave for a few more minutes then flush with 3 cups or so of boiling water. Doing this every couple of weeks will keep your drains clear and smelling fresh.
Sanitizing Your Cutting Boards:
Make the most of lemon’s antibacterial properties by rubbing a cut lemon over your wooden or plastic cutting board. Leave the juice to do its work for 10 minutes, then wash thoroughly with hot water.
Essential oils such as lavender, eucalyptus and tea tree are available from eBay store Pure Sensations. Bicarb soda, white vinegar and lemons are available from your local supermarket.
If anybody else has some green cleaning tips, we’d love to hear them! Share them in the comments section below.