Green and Budget-Conscious Cleaning

Thanks to Jessica at Green Families for this brilliant green and budget consious post

Green and Budget-Conscious Cleaning

According to 2007 statistics, the average family spends over £2 a day on household cleaning supplies. You can cut these costs AND get rid of all the toxic chemicals through supplies found in your pantry without sacrificing germ-killing power. And all while having a positive impact on the earth!

For example, did you know that vinegar kills 99% of bacteria, 82% of mold and 80% of germs? That’s pretty powerful stuff!

Here are some simple, easy and effective solutions that you can make yourself with just a little time and effort:

All-purpose cleaner (also makes a great shower cleaning spray):
Mix 2 cups water, 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 big squirt of eco-friendly dishwashing detergent.


Wood polisher:
Mix two parts olive oil with one part lemon juice – and it smells great to boot!

Window cleaner:
Mix 1/4-1/2 teaspoon liquid detergent,?3 tablespoons vinegar, and 2 cups water ?in a spray bottle. OR just use vinegar directly on the window, depending on dirt levels.

Drain cleaner:
Mix 1/2 cup baking soda, 1 cup vinegar, and 4 cups water. Dissolve baking soda and vinegar in boiling water. Pour the solution down the drain, cover with a drain plug for several minutes,
then flush with hot tap water until the clog breaks.

Air Deodorizer (one of the most toxic products that we can use in our homes):
Mix 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp vinegar, 2 cups water, and 10 drops of your favorite essential oil in a spray bottle.

Another easy way to freshen your home is to simmer some water on stove and add cinnamon, cloves, orange peel, peppermint ,etc.

For general limescale around sinks or in a kettle,

Use a bit of vinegar in with a pinch of bicarbonate of soda and some water to dissolve. (I could write a whole post on limescale alone – never experienced anything like it until I moved to the UK.)

Take some advice from my mother and use bicarbonate of soda directly on carpet stains. Follow-up with some vinegar and you have a cheap and safe way to get rid of carpet stains and
smells.

Lemons are also great for cleaning and shining too, including copper and brass.

If you don’t have time or the desire for the DIY options, I can happily recommend Ecover or Method products. We use Ecover’s washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, and even their laundry
liquid. And I must say Method’s Ylang Ylang Shower Spray is my latest guilty pleasure. If you are watching carefully, you can find great deals on these brands as well. And it’s best, if
possible, to buy in bulk with less packaging and less cost overall.

Here’s to a green and clean home!

Jessica St. Clair
Green Families
www.greenfamilies.co.uk
0753 107 2029
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1 Comment

  1. April 24, 2010 / 7:58 am

    Brilliant post! Great to spread the word about the expense of cleaning products on both the environment and also the wallet and offer alternatives. We use similar recipes and it saves loads of money whilst helping the environment. We also use washing soda to make our eco washing powder go further and use old fashioned natural methods for stain removal on fabrics like soaking some stains in milk, etc.

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