Popular brands of commercial cleaning sprays and liquids can be expensive, caustic and unsafe around children and pets. For great results at a fraction of the price, why not try safer, eco-friendly products sourced cheaply and easily from any local supermarket? They’re better for the environment, kinder on your budget and will keep your household clean by helping to reduce grime and unhealthy bacteria in areas like the bathroom and kitchen. In fact, you may already have many of these basic products in your pantry right now.
- Bicarbonate of soda has anti-bacterial properties and is well known as an effective scouring agent for use in bathrooms, sinks and toilet bowls. It also removes unpleasant smells in fridges and can be used sparingly to clean and whiten teeth whilst helping to kill oral bacteria. Add one third cornflour to two-thirds bicarbonate of soda and use this combination as both a carpet cleaner and deodorizer. Simply sprinkle, leave for a few minutes and vacuum.
- White vinegar is very inexpensive and works well on glassware, mirrors and windows (wipe them dry with newspaper — you’ll be amazed at the sparkling result). Apply neat vinegar to damp bathroom areas and scrub it off to remove and inhibit further growth of mold. White vinegar can also be used as a fabric softener in the laundry.
- Hydrogen peroxide is a gentler alternative to harsher chlorine-based commercial products. It’s an effective disinfectant when used in the bathroom and toilet.
- Salt kills and removes mold and mildew in on shower walls. It can also be diluted in warm water and used as a mouthwash or a gargle, to help reduce the oral bacteria that cause ulcers, plaque and bad breath.
- Lemons and limes are nature’s very own grease cutters and antibacterial agents. Cut a lemon or lime in half and rub them over kitchen surfaces and food preparation areas like cutting boards to reduce the build-up of dangerous organisms. As a bonus, they’ll also provide a refreshing and deodorizing fragrance.
- Olive oil, as well as being a healthy food ingredient, acts as a rust inhibitor when applied to iron pots and pans after washing. Olive oil also cleans and polishes wood surfaces and is a great conditioner for kitchen chopping blocks.
Next time you reach for a product to clean your carpet, bathroom or kitchen, why not try one of these eco-friendly products instead? Easily-sourced cleaning agents like white vinegar, lemons and salt are a fraction of the cost of commercially produced, multi-chemical brands. They are safer to use, easy on the purse, great for the environment and will provide you with clean and hygienic living spaces around your home. Combine your products with inexpensive nylon scourers and steel wool pads and you’ll have great results every time. Start using them today and save your money — and the planet.