Last month we were busy compiling a list of all natural and green cleaning tips for around the home. The time for spring cleaning is almost upon us and we were pleasantly surprised by how much can be done with basic things in our kitchen cupboards, and clean in all natural way. Without further ado, presenting our Green Cleaning Tips:
1. To clean sponges, simply put them into your microwave on high for a minute or two to disinfect it.
2. We showed you how to clean your wooden floors with tea!
3. Make your own natural glass cleaner by mixing 4 tablespoons of lemon juice with a litre & a half of water. Squeaky clean and all natural!
4. Use baking soda and water to clean your oven. Mix it into a paste and leave overnight.
5. Make cleaning your microwave a doddle by putting half a lemon into a bowl of water on full power for 2-3 mins. It makes the microwave easier to clean and leaves a nice fresh smell too!
6. To deodorise a fridge, leave half a lemon in the fridge to absorb odours and leave everything smelling fresh.
7. Remove stains from plastic chopping boards by squeezing lemon juice and salt onto them. Use the salt and lemon as a scrub. Let it stand for 20-25 minutes. Rinse and admire!
8. Houseplants can help naturally clean the air in your house. We’ve got our top picks here.
9. When it comes to decluttering, Use the ‘love it’, ‘Don’t need it’, ‘like it’ system for getting rid of things. Donate all in the ‘Don’t need it’ pile, put away the ‘love it’ pile and sort through the ‘like it’ pile.
10. Up to 80% of the energy used by washing machines goes toward heating the water. Wash your clothes at 30° to save money and help the environment!
11. Cleaning toilets aren’t fun, but if you sprinkle a toilet brush with baking soda, it’s a quick and natural way to get the job done!
12. Give old t-shirts a new lease of life re-purposing them as cleaning cloths. This way, if they can’t be donated, they won’t go to waste!
13. Use lemon to remove hard water stains. Just make sure to rinse it clean with water. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
14. Make stainless steel sparkle by wiping with a damp cloth sprinkled with baking soda and then buffing with a dry cloth.
15. Make your own all-purpose cleaner by dissolving four tablespoons baking soda or 120ml vinegar to one litre of warm water. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil for fragrance.
16. If your shower head needs a clean, Put some vinegar in a small bag and use a rubber band to secure it. This cleans away any build up.
17. Have narrow-necked bottles or a decanter that need a clean? Put some warm water, vinegar and rice into the container, shake the rice around and rinse. Voila! Sparkling clean and no hassle!
18. Recycling, repurposing, upcycling and freecycling, whatever you prefer to call it. Reusing an item and giving it a new lease of life can really benefit the environment. Here are some of our favourites!
19. If your dishwasher needs a clean, put 500ml of vinegar in a jar on the top shelf and put your dishwasher on a hot wash. Just remember to take out the other plates and glasses first!
20. Remove the lime coating on your kettle by filling it with water and adding a half-cup of vinegar. Let it stand overnight, then rinse with clean water and dry.
21. If your budding artists are using the walls as their canvas, you can make a paste using baking soda and gently rub it in to remove crayon marks.
22. Clean residue off an iron by running the hot iron over plain paper sprinkled with salt. The residue should loosen and attach to the salt, leaving you with a clean iron!
23. To clean burnt pans boil vinegar in the pan, remove from the heat and put 2tbsp of baking soda in with the vinegar. Saves on elbow grease!
24. As any parent knows, children’s toys can get dirty quickly. Clean soft toys & teddies by putting them into a bag (compostable is even better!) with a generous amount of baking soda. Close it up & shake. Brush away any excess baking soda et voila!