A detailed ingredients list of domestic cleaning products is seldom indicated on packaging but unfortunately they are an important source of pollution. Cleaning your house without chemicals is of course possible with just a few recipes from your grandmother with natural tips and therefore environmentally friendly. Quite a few brands are offering bio products but often they are quite expensive. At FindaTrade, we care about the environment and we have looked into ways to clean your home in an ecological way without spending too much money.
1/ Clean your tiled floors in an eco friendly way
If the floor has dirty spots of mud, simply mix hot water with soap. With a good mop, your floor tiles should quickly be shiny again. Be sure to thoroughly clean the joints, the white vinegar technique remains the most widespread. Bring the vinegar to the boil and wipe the mop, the dirt in the joints will not resist. The last trick to clean tiles in an environmentally friendly way is to use linseed oil from time to time. This will have a protective effect on the tiled floor.
2/ How to give new life to a carpet in an environmentally friendly way?
Rugs and carpets do not always age very well. It is important to vacuum regularly which allows you to remove most of the dust. Then, an ecological technique is to sprinkle a mixture of sawdust and vinegar. Brush vigorously this cocktail and let dry before vacuuming again.
3/ A nice clean kitchen sink
Often neglected, the kitchen sink can be a microbes’ nest. It is however very simple to clean it, if your sink is ceramic, a few drop of disinfecting essential oil will be enough. If you have a stainless steel sink, simply mix warm water with lemon juice and white vinegar and rub with a sponge, your sink will shine and look like new.
4/ A nice smell in your fridge
For cleaning, nothing very original. Wipe with a sponge and soapy water to scrub the joints outside the fridge is enough. To avoid unpleasant smells, you can then dilute three tablespoons of baking soda in a little hot water. Apply the mixture with a sponge and wipe well with a cloth to dry.
4/ Clean your windows
Vinegar is still better than commercially available window cleaning products. Diluted in warm water, it works miracles on fingerprints. Alternatively, you can also opt for ammonia water. Apply with a cloth, the glass does not even need to be washed again. We also found that using an old newspaper with some white vinegar is a brilliant option to clean all your windows. And finally, black tea is an excellent way to also clean your windows. We all like drinking tea, but black tea is an excellent way to clean your windows; the tannic acid in tea helps dissolve dirt and grease.
5/ For your bathroom
To clean your bath tub and get rid of limestone, there are some natural simple solutions. Lemon, soda bicarbonate and white vinegar. To remove limestone, white vinegar mixed with hot water and some lemon to reinforce the action. A great tip we have found by replacing your sponge with a grapefruit, just like a lemon, the acidity of the fruit will remove limestone and limestone. Wet your bath tub, add some salt and then rub the surface with half a grapefruit, it’s very effective and ecological! To keep your bath shiny, it must be clean regularly ( if possible a few times a week) with natural household soap.
Don’t hesitate to recycle your old toothbrush to clean the harder to reach areas between tiles and in tight corners. Lastly, to preserve the enamel of your bath tub, do not use abrasive sponges.To remove mould, you can combine hydrogen peroxide with water. Just spray on the mould and do not rinse. The tile grouting will look like new.
6/ Give your taps some shine
To make limestone disappear from the taps, you can use bicarbonate of soda as well as white vinegar and lemon. The idea is to combine the three and rub the taps with the paste made up with adding warm water. For tough marks, use lemon juice, it will give your taps brightness.
7/ Dusting, repairing your furniture
To get rid of dust, it’s much easier to use a wet cloth, that way you will avoid anti-static polluting products. To make your wood furniture shine, use linseed oil or beeswax. For your wardrobe, cedar wood essential oil is a much better solution to killing moths.
If there is a glass mark on your wooden table, simply rub it with a cork. It there is a grease spot on your furniture, just rub it with a mixture of salt and olive oil. A sugar base mark can be removed with coffee grounds. Make your leather sofa shine again by using milk. Cracked leather can be ‘repaired’ with lanolin.
8/ Cleaning the windows of your wood burning stove
A very economic and eco-friendly solution, simply use an piece of newspaper with ash and rub it on the window, it will look shiny in no time.
9/ The dreaded oven cleaning
Use bicarbonate of soda mixed with water on the bottom of your oven. Let it rest overnight and scrape it with a wooden spatula. Then wipe with a wet sponge, no more nasty odours in your kitchen!
10/ And finally to have a home with natural fragrance
Your home smells of cold tobacco or cooking odours? Pour 3 glasses of water in a pressure cooker, add 1 stick of vanilla split lengthwise, 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, 3 cloves and 1 orange or lemon peel. Close and heat. Water vapour will embalm the room and destroy all odours!
If you are worried that using diy green cleaners may not kill germs effecively, some research has shown that ordinary soap and water will keep your family safe. What are your thoughts on green cleaners and have you got further tips? We would love to hear from you.