Tips For Greener Cleaning
When looking for ways in which to have a greener lifestyle, ensuring that your home is toxic-free is usually quite high up on the list but putting that into place may, at first, seem a little daunting.
You are probably used to browsing the cleaning aisle in the supermarket and having a huge choice of products that promise to clean, shine, sanitise, leave a wonderful fragrance but how can you achieve this with all-natural ingredients?
Well, it is most definitely possible. It may just take a little time, research and some experimenting but I promise you that greener cleaning can be a lot of fun!
Find Your Key Ingredients
When you begin to Google green or eco cleaning you will quickly find a wide range of recipes and tips and tricks which can often leave you feeling slightly overwhelmed but start to look at the common factor here. If you look closely, the key ingredients are usually just simply white vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, castile soap, citric acid, lemons and water (cooled, boiled water).
When you realise this, it will begin to make everything feel far more simple. Source these ingredients and you will be able to make almost any household cleaner that you require.
Have a go at some recipes you find online and see which work for you. The great thing about green cleaning is that you can’t really go wrong! The ingredients are non-toxic, which means they are safe for you, your children and your pets, they are cost-effective and they really do work well.
You can easily use each of the above on their own and they will clean well, but by mixing certain ones together, you will be able to come up with the most perfect cleaning product for the job at hand.
The main tip I have here is to read up on what NOT to mix together, for example, white vinegar and castile soap will not mix they will just congeal and you won’t get a good result. Doing your research by reading blogs and articles and getting to grips with what you can do with each natural ingredient will give you lots and lots of ideas to run with.
Changing It Up
You will notice that a lot of these online eco cleaning recipes will give you varying quantities and the reason for this is that they have tailored their own products to their own needs which can be easily done by you too.
Once you have experimented with what works in your home and you have discovered which ingredients you like, you can begin to adjust the measurements to suit your own home. If you don’t want to make up a big batch to save for future use, you could just make smaller amounts for each cleaning spree. If you want to fill a larger bottle to then decant into a smaller bottle, you can make up larger quantities of your chosen cleaning product.
You may also find that you like your products to look and feel different to somebody else. For example, a cream cleaner can be made in many ways, some like it thinner which will glide over a surface more easily and others may like it a little thicker to get a good scrub going. All you will have to do is alter the amount of bicarb in this to get the balance that works for you. There’s no need to follow a recipe to the T.
Adding The Scent
You will also notice that most homemade cleaning products will suggest essential oils to provide that lovely aroma. Essential oils are ideal for this as they are natural, you can buy ethically sourced ones, they are readily available in stores and online and they really do leave a wonderful scent in your home.
This is very different to that artificial perfume smell you get with ordinary cleaners and you will notice how much fresher the air is and you will most definitely not have your breath taken away by any natural cleaning product that contains essential oils.
Now, just as with the above, you do not need to completely follow a recipe. Lavender is a common essential oil that is used in homemade cleaning products but not everybody likes this scent so please do not think that you absolutely have to use this. We all have different tastes and you can adapt your products to match this. I just tend to keep in mind that:
- Tea Tree has antiseptic properties so is perfect for floors, windows and the bathroom.
- Lemon and orange are both citruses which tackle bacteria. They smell amazing in the toilet.
- Lavender is perfect for the kitchen as it fights against odours and is also antibacterial.
- Eucalyptus is antibacterial and an antiseptic and is great for floors and bathrooms.
A Few Simple Recipes From Me
And to end my tips I thought I would give you some of my favourite recipes that I use in my own home. Feel free to save, pin, share, download, print and laminate these graphics.
For more please visit my eco cleaning page on my website here.
Since switching over to greener cleaning I have saved money, I have a safer home for my family and I have products that do an amazing job. I wouldn’t ever go back to shop bought, chemical-filled cleaning products not when these alternatives are so simple to make and are better for our environment.
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Guest Writer Bio: Emma Reed
Emma Reed is a Mother and Blogger who lives in Hampshire with her 2 children, Jake (7) and William (3), and her husband, Rob. She began her parenting blog back in 2016 when she self-published a book on baby teething. Her blog is inevitably what led her to begin living a more eco-friendly lifestyle and she now uses her platforms to show others how they can also adapt their own lives to incorporate these changes. You can read her blog over at www.emmareed.net or follow her on Instagram over at @emmareed_writes