13 Dec 9 eco-friendly ways to clean your home
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You’re probably already in the throes of ‘winterising’ your home – also known as creating a cosy nest for you to relax in until spring.
Autumn’s a good time to have a clean up before you properly bed down, but if you want to do it in the most environmentally friendly way possible, read on…
1 The microwave lemon trick
Lemons are your friends when it comes to natural cleaning.
Squeeze the juice of one into a microwavable bowl and cook for three minutes.
Leave it to stand for another five minutes, but do not open the door.
Then wipe the ceiling, walls and floor with a clean, dry rag.
2 Dustpan and brush it
Don’t get the vacuum cleaner out for every small crumb dropped on the carpet.
Dig out your dustpan and brush and sweep away spillages instead.
3 Buy some bicarb
Bicarbonate of soda is cheap to buy, non-toxic and cleans things up nicely, including stubborn stains, smells and even silver.
Add three parts bicarb to one part water to make a paste, rub onto silver items, then rinse with water and wipe with a dry cloth.
4 Cut tumble dryer use
It might be autumn, but there’s still a bit of warmth in the air.
Try and dry your clothes outside for as long as possible or use a drying rack indoors.
5 Hand wash clothes
Only got a few things to wash? Consider doing them by hand or familiarise yourself with your washing machine’s eco setting.
Never wash anything above 30C.
6 Switch cleaning products
Check out the ranges of environmentally friendly cleaning products at your local supermarkets.
Ecover, Tincture and Method are widely available, work really well and have no nasties.
7 Ditch air fresheners
According to NASA, houseplants will do just as good a job at purifying the air.
Try spider plants and peace lilies for starters.
8 Reach for the vinegar
Not only for making salad dressing and chips tasty, vinegar is another superstar kitchen staple that doubles up as a cleaning product.
Use it for everything from removing the cloudy deposits on wine glasses, to freshening up leather sofas, but don’t use it on hardwood floors or to rinse out your iron.
9 Declutter and store
The more knick-knacks you have out on surfaces to dust, the more polish you’ll use. Have a really good sort-out and give things away to charity that are just cluttering up your home – or invest in some new storage, to keep things free from dust.