Faith from Carpet Cleaner London is sharing helpful frugal tips on eco cleaning – the chemical free alternative to keeping your home spotlessly clean.
Cleaning is a necessary evil. We all hate doing cleaning chores, not only are they exhausting and time-consuming, but we use so much chemical induced cleaning products, that we cannot get rid the chemical smell from us and out of our noses, for a long time after we have cleaned. Not to mention the huge amount of money we spend on a regular basis to buy said cleaning products. The most efficient ones are of course more expensive, and of course there are so many different kinds. Bathroom cleaners, kitchen cleaners, toilet cleaners, degreasers, polishers, etc. Why do we need so many different kinds, when they all do the same thing – clean!
Have you ever wondered if there was a better alternative to all of this? No, not cleaning your home is not the alternative! The key is in what you clean with. You can cut on a lot of the money you spend on cleaning products, if you set your mind to making some on your own. Home-made cleaning products are just as efficient, only they are not harmful to your health, and are much more thrifty and economical.
All you need are some simple and cheap ingredients, and you will have yourself cleaning products to clean your entire home for a long time, without having to buy a new bottle of disinfectant every week or two. Here are the ingredients you are going to need for most of the cleaning products – water, white vinegar, baking soda, essential oils, lemons.
Here is a recipe for an alternative all-purpose cleaning product for places that need serious cleaning, such as bathroom, toilet:
- ½ cup white vinegar
- ¼ cup juice from a lemon
- 3 Tbsp. salt (or baking soda for a stronger effect)
- 3 Tbsp. liquid dish washing soap (or 10-15 drops essential oil, if you want a stronger and nicer smell)
Mix all of the ingredients to form a paste and you can use it to scrub your bathtub, shower, sinks, toilet, etc.
There is a much cheaper and efficient alternative to glass cleaners. We all know how annoying cleaning windows can get. Well, with this magical mixture you might decrease the need of often window cleaning. All you have to do is mix equal parts of white vinegar and water, and add about 10 drops of an essential oil of your choice. Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray and clean your windows as you normally do, but thanks to the white vinegar, your windows can keep off some of the dust and dirt around them. Plus, you can also use this mixture to clean and disinfect most of the surfaces in your home.
Here is an alternative to a floor cleaner provided by South West London Cleaners: mix 1 cup of white vinegar and ½ cup of baking soda to 10 cups of hot water. You can also add 30-40 drops of an essential oil, to give it a nice scent. Mix them in a bucket and you are ready to go. Get a mop and clean your floors. If your floors are made out of wood you can only combine ½ cup of white vinegar and 1 or 1½ Tbsp. vegetable oil to also polish and shine your wooden floor as well as clean it.
Baking soda is an excellent alternative to use as a deodoriser and degreaser. You can mix white vinegar and baking soda to form a paste and degrease your oven (but let it soak for 20 minutes). You can sprinkle baking soda on your smelly carpets or sports gear and it will deodorise it.
If you switch to homemade cleaning products you will not only limit the number of cleaning products you keep in your home, you will also save a lot of money on using these simple ingredients and recipes, and you will keep your home safe and clean from chemicals. So give it a try, you will notice the ease on your budget right away, and the improvement in your home environment, once there are no longer chemicals in it.
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