Lately, it seems that every time you pick up a newspaper or magazine there’s a new cleaning tip promising to change your life. It’s even worse on Facebook and other
forms of social media.
“Go green with eco-friendly spring cleaning tips”; “How to green your cleaning routine”; “Go green and clean” the headlines scream. Read the full article, and you’ll find that these tips are nothing more than a reinvention of some of the practices made popular in years gone by, before chemical cleaning agents were available.
While many people still adhere to the tried and true method, for most of us the art of the ‘green clean’ has been lost. We’ve been seduced by the overtures of marketing professionals imploring us to invest in products that promise to clean 10 times more effectively* than their competitor product, or kill 99.9% of airborne bacteria*.
But with a list of ingredients so long you need to refer to a separate data sheet, it’s time we got back to basics.
Green and clean tips
You can use many items you already have in your cupboards at home to create environmentally friendly cleaning products that leave money in your pocket too.
Sparkling toilet without the weird colour
It might not give you a ‘bloo loo’ but if you sprinkle 1 cup of borax powder around your toilet bowl and then drizzle with ½ cup white vinegar, your toilet will sparkle. For best results, leave overnight before scrubbing with a toilet brush.
Clean your oven without passing out from the fumes
Mix 500gm baking soda with ¼ cup washing soda. Run some wet paper towel or a wet rag around the inside of the oven, and then sprinkle with a generous amount of the baking soda mixture. Repeat! Leave overnight, and in the morning, wipe the mixture and grease away. For stubborn, baked-on stains, you might need to scrub with an abrasive pad.
*Not actually true
Get more tips on page 30 of our Good Lives magazine.