As we become more environmentally aware, we cannot continue to ignore the effects of our every day use of products that create an impact on the world around us.
Making a few simple changes in the way we clean our homes can make a significant difference to the effects on the environment.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
Replace products with non-toxic versions
Head over to a retailer that stocks eco-friendly, non-toxic cleaners and replace your existing products. Products that do contain toxins generally have clear warnings, saying ‘Poison’ or ‘Toxic’ or other similar words. ‘Corrosive’ products should be avoided, as they can cause quite a lot of damage to your skin while cleaning if you’re not careful.
Get rid of the air fresheners
Freshening air naturally is a far better option then masking them with artificial, shop-bought scents. Sprinkle baking soda into your bin will absorb nasty smells. Likewise, cutting a few slices of lemon adding them to a bowl of water, then running the microwave for a few minutes, will not only leave it smelling fresh but will help with cleaning it too.
Use newspapers to clean your windows
So the content might be rubbish but there’s a reason these are called ‘rags’. You won’t have to worry about ink smudges as most newspapers are printed using water-inks. Spray on a mixture of vinegar and water and wipe away with the newspaper. Shiny windows guaranteed!
Make your own furniture polish
Yes, you can make your own furniture polish with just two basic ingredients.
Simply pour 250ml olive oil and 100ml lemon juice into a trigger spray bottle. Make sure the bottle is labelled clearly and stored out of the reach of children.
To use, shake the bottle well and spray directly onto surface. Buff with a clean, dry cloth and allow to air dry.
You can even make your own stainless steel cleaner!
I kid you not. You really can make your own stainless steel cleaner. It is cheap, it is effective, and the smell of it won’t get stuck in the back of your throat.
Here is how to make your own!
100ml distilled vinegar
2 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
400ml warm water
Pour ingredients into a 500ml trigger spray bottle.
Shake up until frothy.
Spray onto surfaces and wipe with a clean, dry cloth.
Pattersons have come up with this handy infographic for a few more eco friendly cleaners you can whip up:
Want more tips? Check out our article on 55 Natural Homemade Products You Can Make Yourself.