How to Clean Green in Your Own Home

by Nathan Ripley - November 2, 2016

Most of the cleaners you buy from the supermarket contain harmful chemicals. If you are looking to go green, it can be difficult finding the right cleaning products as you search along those shelves. Even some products that pretend to be eco-friendly often have chemicals in them that you don’t really want to use.

There’s good news though. There are plenty of household items that can help you clean naturally and could save the planet to boot.

Get Yourself a Spray Bottle

The first thing you need to buy is a spray bottle. These usually cost a few dollars at most and are invaluable. If you want to be at your recycling best, simply use an old spray cleaner and just clean it out.

Lemon and Bicarbonate of Soda

If you want to make a simple cleaner for kitchen tops all you need is some lemon and bicarbonate of soda. Squeeze out about three lemons and add a couple of spoons of bicarb. Pour it into your spray bottle and then top up with water. You can add a nice smell with a few drops of some essential oil such as lavender which also has an antibacterial quality.

Another, equally good recipe, is rosemary and cider vinegar. A little sprig with some vinegar, again topped up with water does just as great a job. Add in some tea tree oil for that extra antibacterial boost.

Wood Furniture Polish

When you are looking to go green, getting rid of that store bought furniture polish is an absolute must. To give a sparkling shine to your wood surfaces there’s no better eco-friendly equivalent than olive oil and lemon. Mix the two and work the solution into the wood and you’ll have a lovely natural sheen. Another choice is olive oil and white vinegar to which you can add lemon essential oil to make it smell nice.

Simple Window Cleaner

Most of us don’t like cleaning the windows but it has to be done some time. You can go green here too in a pretty simple way. A 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water along with a soft cloth can clean away all that grime in a matter of seconds and leave those panes sparkling.

That Fresh Smell

Indoor air fresheners are big business but you don’t have to buy one if you want to smell good and stay green at the same time. There are plenty of ways to improve your home aroma without spending lots of money:

  • Get more plants in. They improve the air quality and can help dispel smells.
  • Make your own air freshener in a spray bottle. All you need is water, a little baking soda and a few drops of your favourite essential oil.
  • If you want to freshen up furniture, sprinkling some baking soda on your sofa or armchair, leave for 20 minutes and then hoover up. You can do the same with your carpets.

There are plenty of ways to keep your home smelling and looking fresh and clean without buying chemical products in the supermarket. Going green can not only protect the environment, it can also save you a good bit of money on cleaning products as well.


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