Do you know that you can also contribute in some small way, very easily to safeguarding our planet?
Yes, it's as easy as looking at what cleaning agents and other household products you are using.
Switching to eco-friendly green products will be healthier for you and your family and beneficial for the planet.
Natural products are so much safer for us and the environment. Making your own cleaning agents is inexpensive (saving you money) and most of all you know exactly what's gone into them - you made them after all. In most cases. homemade cleaning agents only consist of one ingredient, compared to the many unknown ingredients that go into commercial household chemicals. For example, pure soap is one of the safest and cheapest washing products around.
Some of the reasons why natural, homemade cleansers make good sense
- As said previously, they are obviously much cheaper than commercial cleansers - saving you money
- Allergy sufferers, people with sensitive skins and those with asthma and other breathing difficulties react far less badly to natural cleansers
- Cleansers that break down quickly are better for our waterways.
- Using these type of cleansers in the kitchen and bathroom, allow you the flexibility to use the "grey" water for your plants and gardens, saving water overall.
Build your own Natural Home Cleaning kit
A combination of these ingredients or even one ingredient on its own will be able to satisfy most of your normal house cleaning needs.
- Bicarbonate of Soda - cleans by form a mild detergent when it reacts with grease and oil
- Borax - will dissolve grease. remove stains, deodorise, disinfect, bleach, inhibit mould, soften water and fabric - and kills ants and cockroaches.
- Glycerine - It's a useful cleaning ingredient as it helps mix oil with water and dissolves many forms of dirt
- Lemon Juice - it's a better smelling substitute for bleach, inhibits mould growth and deodorises and removes stains.
- Salt - excellent scouring agent for pots and pans as well as being a disinfectant
- Soap Flakes - 100 % biodegradable, low in toxicity and doesn't contribute to algae problems in waterways as well as being the safest and cheapest washing product around.
- Tea-Tree and Eucalyptus oils - cleanser and natural disinfectant
- Washing soda - Good for cutting grease, but also removes stains and softens water
- White Vinegar - Good substitute for toilet cleaners, also to remove bathroom scum, hard water deposits and tarnishes on metal.
Here are some handy natural cleaning recipes
- Here is a natural solution for carpet and upholstery cleaning :
Mix baking soda and white vinegar together to form a paste. Then, work the paste into any carpet and upholstery stains with a toothbrush or something similar. Allow the paste to dry. Then, vacuum up the baking soda, and the stains should be gone. For more stubborn stains, this may need to be done several times.
- Clean and streak free mirrors and indoor surfaces?:
Mix 1/2 cup white vinegar with two cups of water in a spray bottle.
Add a few drops of pulp free lemon juice for fragrance
Apply directly onto a lint free cloth
Wipe the windows clean and buff with a micro-fiber cloth for extra shine.
There are many others out there I am sure that will make your home sparkle whilst at the same time being kind to the environment.
Get creative and take responsibility, your children and future generations will thank you for it.