We at Helpling, we believe that cleaning should not only make a home look amazing but also make you feel great, too. So why not go green with your clean? Natural cleaning is safer for your family, better for the environment, and can even save you some money in the process. Quite a nice return for just a few small changes. So here are our top tips to making your green switch completely seamless.
Eco-friendly Cleaning Products
You’ll find these in any major supermarket. Brands like Ecover and Method are excellent at delivering high-quality cleans without all of those pesky toxins. Although these brands can come at a rather steep price (a bottle of Ecover multi-purpose spray is £2.24/€4 at Tesco) compared to your supermarket’s own brand of eco-cleaning products (it costs only £1.50/€3 for a bottle of Tesco ‘Naturally’ multi-purpose spray).
These products are economical as well as ecological, because you don’t have to use much of them each time. So you can get more green cleaning out of each bottle. The products are made from natural, sustainable ingredients, so are kind to you and the environment.
Baking soda has been used for centuries in green cleaning. For a great all-purpose natural kitchen cleaner, just put a few tablespoons of baking soda in a container, add a few drops of your favourite essential oil, and you’ll have your very own eco-friendly kitchen cleaner. Just sprinkle onto surfaces and give it a good wipe with a clean, damp cloth. The baking soda cuts through grime and the essential oils leave a fresh scent. To make sure your cleaning solution disinfects your surfaces at the same time, use tea tree oil to kill those germs.
There’s an old wives tale that tells us to use damp newspaper to clean windows. This usually does the trick, and you don’t get those nasty ammonia fumes. However, if you need to be a bit more thorough, try rubbing your windows and mirrors with alcohol and Witch Hazel. Buff with a clean cloth or dry newspaper to get rid of any streak marks.
Furniture Polish can come packed with nasty, hazardous ingredients that contain petroleum distillates and solvents. For a green alternative, mix two parts olive oil and one part lemon. Rub into your wooden furniture with a clean cloth or some kitchen paper and watch the shine return. But make sure you test this solution on a small area of the furniture first, to check that there’s no discolouration.
So now you know our tips and tricks to becoming a green cleaner, you’re well on your way to having a cleaner (and greener) house.
If you have any eco-friendly cleaning tips, why not email them to firstname.lastname@example.org (or just comment below)? We’d love to hear from you!