There are some eco-brands that I use for home cleaning, but as it’s the season of spring cleaning I thought I’d share some eco-ideas that have multi-uses and reduce the need for lots of different products using lots of packaging. This is a mini series so part one covers vinegar, lemon, bicarb and salt and part two will be back with borax and more!
Vinegar – cuts through grease and limescale
Fill your kettle with a cup of distilled white vinegar and leave overnight to tackle limescale, rinse thoroughly the next day.
A mix of equal quantities of white vinegar and water make an effective floor cleaner
You can clean your windows with white vinegar and rub dry with a newspaper scrunched up to get rid of any marks
Lemons are your friend!
They give a really fresh smell when you integrate them into your cleaning regime
When we moved in to our flat the taps were limescaley and nothing shifted it, I cut a lemon in two and jammed each half over the end of the tap and left for two hours, when I came back the scale just rubbed away!
Lemon juice cleans stains from cutting boards rub the juice full strength onto the stain and let sit until the stain fades, then rinse and dry
You can clean hard water marks on glass shower doors with half a lemon
Bicarbonate of soda
Make a paste with a tablespoon of bicarb and water and pop it on a cloth to clean your sink, sparkling!
Repeat this to make a cleaning paste for pots and pans, to remove stains from cups and clean tarnished silver
A cup of bicarb in your fridge absorbs fridge odours
To clean grout make up a paste of 2 parts bicarb, one part vinegar or lemon juice (this will fizz!) apply the paste with a toothbrush, leave for 10 minutes and then rinse
Dampen the floor of your oven, sprinkle with bicarb and dampen again. Leave the mixture overnight then remove with a cloth and rinse with warm water
Salt doesn’t scratch so it’s great for glassware, add some salt to a stain for extra abrasion and scrub
Pour salt mixed with hot water down your kitchen sink every few weeks to deodorize and keep grease from building up
A great one for coffee lovers, add salt and ice cubes to your stained coffee pot, swirl around for a minute and rinse, it scrubs away those stains!