Save The Planet and Go Green with your Clean
The recent Netflix documentary ‘Seaspiracy’ highlights the ongoing crisis about the welfare of our planet, especially about the damage to our oceans and our increased use of unrecyclable plastics. Although some of the stats are up for discussion, it’s got us thinking about how we could protect our planet through our everyday tasks. So, here’s some top tips on how to ‘green’ clean your home by replacing those chemical-laden products with natural remedies, that will leave your home squeaky clean whilst being considerate to our environment and also saving you pennies.
- Embrace the fresh air
Air quality inside your home can be worse than the air quality outdoors. Everything from pet odours and fur, to pollen, mould and chemicals can flare up a person’s allergies or asthma.
Not only to keep Covid-19 away but to keep things fresh, open your windows often to let the outside in. As the summer months approach, you could also try saving energy by drying your clothes outside on a manual clothes dryer.
- De-odorise with baking soda
Baking soda hides a multitude of odours and gives stainless steel a shine again. Sprinkle baking soda before vacuuming to tackle smelly carpets. You can mix baking soda with water to create an oven-cleaning paste you apply and leave overnight and remove the grime in the morning. Or, combine baking soda and vinegar to create a fizzing sensation, which will remove limescale and soap suds from your washing machine tray and drum.
- When life gives you lemons…
Lemons have both antibacterial and antiseptic qualities. Rub a slice of lemon on a cutting board to remove germs. Or, place lemon peels in a jar with vinegar for a few days and strain the zest for a powerful all-around cleaner. You can dip lemon halves into salt and use them to scrub a copper pot back to its former shine. Instead of toxic air fresheners also try boiling cinnamon, lemon or any other plant you like for an all-natural scent throughout your home.
- White vinegar
Diluted white vinegar is a powerful stain remover and spraying a 50-50 solution of vinegar and water will give windows a streak free shine. You can also simmer some vinegar whilst cooking an aromatic fish dinner to remove the odour.
- Bring the outdoors in
Houseplants provide more than just a touch of green in your home. They have also been proven to boost moods and improve air quality, too. They breathe in and neutralise the toxins lingering in your home. Then, they breathe out fresh oxygen.
Now you know some natural remedies for keeping your home clean, don’t forget to dispose of any chemical products in an eco-friendly way. Find out if and when your community hosts a recycling day or find out where your nearest recycling centre is to improve your green footprint