Give your home a much needed cleanse and spring clean – the eco way.
Chemical-based cleaning products are not only bad for your health but also impact the environment. What’s more, nearly all the cleaning utensils we use to clean our homes are also made of virgin plastic.
If a spring clean is on your to-do list, why not try these environmentally friendly tips from eco-conscious and eco-friendly cleaning experts, Liz and Vicki, from The Green Cleaners who create high performance cleaning utensils for all around the home which are made from waste plastic.
Use lemon instead of strong chemicals
Use lemons as a natural cleaning solution. The high acidic content also means they are also a natural deodorizer. You can use lemon to do anything from bringing back the shine on your copper pans or mix it with vinegar to absorb odour and even rubbing a slice of lemon across your chopping board will disinfect it.
Repurpose old clothes
Stop using paper towels and wet wipes to clean your kitchen as they can’t be recycled. Instead get into the habit of using washable cloths instead. You could even make your own from old towels or t-shirts. Swapping will help reduce the amount of paper towels and wipes going into the bin, and ultimately landfill.
Remove mould naturally
Stubborn mould and mildew in your bathroom might have you reaching for some tough chemicals. However, you can also get rid of mould naturally with just a few drops of vinegar. Let the vinegar soak for a few hours to kill the mould and then simply scrub it away. If that doesn’t remove stubborn mould, try making a paste of baking soda in a bit of water and apply to affected areas.
Use greener cleaning tools
With 12.2 million tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, and plastic being the biggest man-made pollutant to our planet, swap your plastic cleaning tools for an eco-friendly range like Greener Cleaner. The Greener Cleaner® Eco-Flek range is made from 100 per cent recycled plastic. It is the only eco-choice in the cleaning utensil market and with no compromise on performance. Featuring brushes that are durable with tough bristles; ideal for removing tough dirt and grime when washing dishes, floors and other household surfaces. Not only that, but Greener Cleaner donate 1 per cent of every £1 to tackle plastic pollution and protecting the UK coastline, supporting Surfers Against Sewage in the UK.
Freshen up with baking soda
Baking soda can super charge your washing-up to help remove residue from your pots and pans. You can also use it for its odour-absorbing properties. Just keep a box in your fridge, or even sprinkle some on your carpet to keep it fresh – just vacuum it the next day.
Keep chemicals out of the water
Many of the chemicals you while you cleaning end up in the sewage – whether rinsed down the sink or in the toilet. Although many are filtered in sewage plants, chemicals like nitrogen, ammonia and phosphorus all still end up in the waterways that can kill aquatic plants and marine life.
Clean up your laundry
Whilst clothes dryers can be a convenience in our busy lives, they can cause a lot of problems for the environment as they consume a lot of electricity. You can significantly reduce your carbon footprint by air drying your clothes on a regular basis, try and use detergents that have eco-friendly ingredients.
Add some greenery
Though air fresheners may make homes smell nice, they are just spraying chemicals into the environment. Instead introduce some house plants – natures natural air filter. Some of the most efficient air-cleaning houseplants include Spider, English Ivy Rubber and Peace Lilies. These will naturally help to clean the air in your home.
Be smart about water
Most of us use too much water, on average Brits use 141 litres of water per day**. The thirstiest water consumer in your house is the toilet, followed by the shower. There are simple ways you can help reduce water use – for example, having shorter showers, or go one step further and install a slow-flow shower head where you’ll use 50-70 per cent less water. Another easy step is simply turning off the water as you brush your teeth.
Recycle, recycle, recycle
One of the easiest things about a spring clean is getting rid of stuff. However, don’t just throw things in the bin. Sort them and then recycle. Take things like newspapers, magazines, glass and recyclable plastic to your local recycling banks. Old electronics can be recycled usually through retailer recycling schemes and take clothes to your local charity shop.