Your Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Toolbox
Keeping your home clean doesn't have to rely on using harsh, environmentally damaging chemicals. You can use many safe substances you probably have around your house as cleaners and also recycle items as cleaning tools.
- With all of these ingredients, test first on inconspicuous areas.
- Also, wear rubber gloves if you have sensitive skin.
- If a rash develops, wash well in cold water.
- Other than obvious food type ingredients, please don't allow in your mouth... or eyes.
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The granular formation of salt helps scour. I use this regularly on my stove top and it works well. It is also a disinfectant.
Multi benefits such as removing stains and grease, deodorising, disinfecting and inhibiting mould. Although any toxcicity from borax quickly dissipates in the environment, please be careful and do not allow it in your mouth!
Good stain remover, degreaser and water softener.
This cleans more than dishes! You can use this alone as a cleaner for all kinds of things, or mix with salt or bicarb. Mix some with water and put in a spray bottle as your own mild spray on cleaner. Make sure you find an environmentally friendly dishwashing liquid.
Keep the remnants of your environmentally friendly soap and grate it to make soapy cleaning flakes. Dissolve soap bits in a little hot water to make a thick cleaning cream gel.
Toothpaste is a mild abrasive cream, plus leaves a pleasant minty scent.
Use on carpets. The bubbles help raise the stain to the surface, where it can more easily be removed. Also helps eliminate odour.
Bicarbonate of Soda (aka carb soda, bicarb, baking soda)
Absorbs odours and spills. Place in an open container in your fridge to absorb fridge smells, sprinkle on your carpet and vacuum, add to cat litter in litter trays. Mix with vinegar or lemon juice for a nice cleaning 'fizz'!
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Cut a potato in half and dip in carb soda. Use this to remove rust by rubbing the potato on the rusty area.
Once again, cut in half. Sprinkle with salt. Use to scrub limescale, then rinse.
Use the inside of a banana skin to spot clean leather, then wipe with damp rag.
Great as an anti-bacterial agent and for deterring mildew... with a lovely scent to boot!
Eucalyptus & Tea Tree Oils
Removes sticky substances brilliantly. Natural disinfectants.
Can be added to various other cleaning agents to add a delightful scent to your room and many also have mild disinfectant properties.
Lemons can be used for cleaning a multitude of things, especially those that you want to remove an unpleasant smell from.
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A great safe natural substance for wiping out your fridge. Put a few drops in warm water and wipe over surface. No need to rinse.
Excellent little scrubbing brushes for hard to reach or tight areas.
Knot up into a suitable scourer size. Great for scrubbing bathtubs.
Body Cleaning Equipment
You can also use old nail brushes, personal body cleaning sponges, poufs etc as cleaning tools, once it's time to replace them.
One of the all-time greats of natural cleaning. A wonderful safe anti-bacterial, great for cleaning cutting boards and all sorts of other things, either alone or combined with things such as lemons or bicarb.
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