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Friday, November 1, 2013

Homemade products for eco-cleaning

By Jessica Conars

Now you may be asking yourselves: “Why should I care if I am using non eco-friendly detergents or not”? Well, the fact of the matter is that the more eco-friendly products we use now, the less likely it would be for the Earth to collapse on itself due to pollution and the green house effect. I personally like having cold winters and hot summers, and unless we do something about this overly excessive use of dangerous and in most cases untested detergents, we can be certain that no good will come out of it in the long run. 

Of course not all detergents are bad; in fact there are still some which are imperative for the cleaning process, and we simply cannot do without. For anything else however, I have prepared a small guidebook of alternatives (quite small indeed). I leave their effectiveness to your unbiased judgment, although I can assure all of our readers that I have personally tested each and ever one of them to see exactly how effective they are in real life situations. So far everything looks good.

White vinegar

You can't get any more “eco-friendly” than using the age old cleaning detergent - White Vinegar. It is a superb chemical that is used both as an exfoliating agent and as a deodorizer. The basic recipe consists of a solution prepared by mixing 50% white vinegar with 50% water. The solution is best applied either via a spray bottle, or by direct application using a, let's say moistened rag, sponge or anything bearing easy absorption properties. With this solution we can remove tough grime from smooth surfaces; as well as dirty water build up; various spots and stains (read on); grease, coffee etc. Contrary to popular belief, white vinegar is completely odorless and leaves nothing behind but clean and shining surfaces. White Vinegar is also a great fungicide, meaning that it can eradicate moulds, or at least retard their growth and prevent harmful exposure.

Baking soda

Being on the exact opposite spectrum of acidity, baking soda incorporates almost all the properties of white vinegar, with a few added bounces. For example, did you know that you can treat your old carpets with baking soda and get that 'fresher'/'neater' outlook, like they were just treated with some expensive machinery? Indeed, all you have to do is to generously spread baking soda on your carpets, wait for about 5 to 10 minutes (the longer the better obviously) then vacuum and if everything went according to plan, your carpets should look at least 10 years younger, so to speak. For removing pesky grime off, let's say bathroom tiles, mix some water in with the baking soda – enough to make a thick paste (relatively low viscosity is needed) and then apply directly on top of the troubled area. The abrasive properties of the soda will aid the manual work, delivering fascinating results e very single time.

Lemon juice

Save money and the environment with homemade eco-cleaning products
Lemon juice reduces grease and smells good
Lemon juice is perfect for cleaning stoves, pots, pans and everything that has congealed grease and that is tough to remove by scrubbing alone. You can either go with a full strength solution, i.e. 100% lemon juice, or dilute some in water, 50/50 solution – either way works fine, depending on the particular spot in question. Lemon juice is by far my favorite deodorizing agent, for it leaves behind a sweet-tangy citrus smell that you simple cannot get with store bought detergents.

About the author: Jessica Conars is one of the founders of http://www.cleantoperfection.co.uk/deep-cleaning-mayfair/. She loves to share useful tips on eco cleaning with her readers.

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