Green cleaning has been coined to describe
a trend away from chemically-reactive and toxic cleaning products
which contain various toxic chemicals that can cause respiratory
and dermatological problems among other adverse effects.
Natural Cleaners found in your home:
There are five natural cleaners no home should
Baking soda: A mild, natural abrasive; can be used for cleaning without worrying
about scratching surfaces.
White vinegar: A mild acidic product;
won't destroy surfaces; works great for soap scum.
Lemon juice: Nature's bleach and
disinfectant; a great natural stain remover and deodorizer.
Borax: A natural laundry additive
Club soda: A great stain remover.
If you have these ingredients, here are some useful
tips on what to do with them:
1. To get rid of lime scale on your taps, soak
some cotton wool in vinegar, wrap it around the tap and cover
with a plastic bag or some tin foil. Leave for a couple of hours,
then rinse off to reveal sparkling taps.
2. To descale your kettle, pour a cup of the white
vinegar in it and leave it overnight. A quick rinse the next
morning and your kettle should be as good as new!
3. To get windows that really shine, try mixing
a quarter of a cup of white wine vinegar, with a litre of warm
water and a bit of lemon juice. Spray the mixture on the window
and wipe the glass with some scrunched up newspaper.
4. To get rid of nasty smells, bicarbonate of soda
is great. Put some in a pot near to the source of the bad smell
and it will soon be gone.
5. To freshen up your carpets, sprinkle them with
baking soda and leave overnight before you vacuum.
6. For fantastic silver cleaner, mix baking soda
with warm water. Rub it on with a cloth and polish off for brilliant
7. To give your leather sofa an eco-friendly once-over,
mix a quarter of a cup of olive oil with a few drops of lemon
oil and apply with a clean cloth.