If, like many other people you prefer to avoid using harsh chemicals to clean your home you will enjoy our blog post ‘Green & Clean’, which explores the use of simple products to keep your kitchen and bathroom sparkling the green and natural way!
In our quest to keep our kitchens clean and germ free, the majority of us rely heavily on tried and tested chemical based cleaners because we know they work, but for those who are looking for a greener way to clean there are some very straightforward alternatives that you may not have considered!
The following tips are based on the use of just four of nature’s natural cleaners:
- Bicarbonate of soda
- White vinegar
- Lemon Juice
- Tea Tree Oil
In addition to being more environmentally friendly and completely harmless to us, our children and our pets, switching our regular cleaners for natural alternatives is quite an economical option too!
Tea Tree & Vinegar Surface Spray
With its antibacterial, antiseptic and fungicidal properties, tea tree oil is an excellent choice for cleaning and disinfecting around the home. To make up a bottle of this natural spray, take an empty spray bottle and add:
- 10 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 250 ml white vinegar
- 250 ml water
Simply give the bottle a shake to mix the ingredients, and then your non-toxic disinfectant spray is ready to get to work on your kitchen surfaces and floor.
All Purpose Light Cleaner
Sodium Bicarbonate can be mixed with water to produce an effective, all-purpose cleaner for the kitchen, functioning as a gentle abrasive agent and deodoriser. Add a small amount of water to create a paste that will be particularly effective on grease, making it ideal for your oven or hob. A little goes a long way!
Apply a layer of this paste to stubborn areas like the hob or the bottom of the oven and leave for a minimum of a few hours, or preferably overnight before scraping off and rinsing clean.
Refresh Your Grout Lines
The grout lines between your kitchen tiles can begin to look a little tired after a few years, however, there is a straightforward way to give them a boost using a combination of bicarbonate of soda and vinegar, as follows:
Combine two parts of bicarbonate of soda with one part white vinegar to make a thick paste that you can spread on and leave sitting on the grout lines for half an hour or more.
Remove the paste by scrubbing the area with the rough side of a washing up sponge, then rinsing with a clean cloth.
Natural Cleaning Solution For Your Fridge
White vinegar and lemon juice are both highly effective deodorisers and both have excellent antibacterial properties too. Dilute a small amount of vinegar or lemon juice with water and use this solution to clean and disinfect your fridge, removing any lingering smells of onion or fish that can sometimes be difficult to shift. This solution works wonderfully and will not leave any toxins or artificial scents lurking in your fridge once you have finished!
This simple mixture is also excellent for cleaning out your sink – an area that is renowned for harbouring germs and bacteria, even when it appears to be clean.
Detox Your Dishwasher
Many of us could not imagine what life would be like without a dishwasher; the wonderful appliance that keeps dirty glassware, crockery and utensils out of sight and saves us from hours spent at the sink washing up.
It is however essential to keep this appliance squeaky clean if you want it to work effectively, and this means paying close attention to the filter and seals, , giving them a regular clean and giving the machine a thorough wash every once in a while.
One very simple (and green) way to do this is to pour 500 ml of white vinegar into a dishwasher safe bowl, place the bowl on the top shelf of the dishwasher the right way up and run the dishwasher on a full cycle.
The vinegar will remove all unpleasant odours and bacteria, leaving your dishwasher sparkling clean.
Descale Your Kettle
Lime scale can be an issue in areas with hard water but it is very simple to remove naturally using white vinegar. Mix one part white vinegar with one part water and put your kettle on to boil. Leave the water to cool down until it is lukewarm then give your kettle a good rinse to remove all traces of lime scale and vinegar before making your next cup of tea or coffee!
Green Cleaning – Simple & Effective!
We do hope that our green cleaning tips will inspire you to ditch some of your usual products and clean your kitchen in a more environmentally friendly way.