Modern cleaning products can be expensive, bad for the environment and even dangerous to our health! But even environmentally friendly cleaning products can leave a big hole in our pockets, so here are some of my favourite tips on how you can clean your kitchen in a more environmentally friendly way by making some easy changes and using some simple, cheap ingredients.
My first very easy change; use a reusable cloth instead of wipes. Reusable gloves instead of disposable ones. Basically anything reusable is more environmentally friendly than something you use once and throw away. Remember to reduce, reuse and recycle, in that order. This will definitely save you money in the long run too!
There are so many other ways to clean your home other than using expensive products! My number one eco-friendly ingredient is bicarbonate of soda or baking soda as it’s also known as! Bicarbonate of Soda is a fantastic cleaning product. Sprinkle between your tiles, spray with some water and scrub with an old, hard toothbrush to clean grout. Make a 50:50 mixture of bicarbonate of soda with water and use a sponge to rub away scuffs and marks on your wall. Bicarbonate of soda and distilled vinegar react in a fantastic, grime busting way! If you pour a cup of bicarbonate of soda down your drains, followed by distilled vinegar, it will help with stains, blockages and smells. My tip? Boil the vinegar and add lemon juice before pouring down the drain for an extra fresh smelling kick!
We all know that coca cola isn’t very good for us. Have you been dying to give it up but have a few bottles or cans that you don’t want to go to waste? You could even have a bottle that has gone flat. Don’t throw it away! You know how they say that if you leave a tooth in a can of coke overnight, it’ll be gone in the morning? If you have grimy and rusted pans, place them in some coke over night. The phosphoric acid will eat away at rust and stains and they’ll be bright and shiny in the morning! It’s great for stainless steel! (Once you’ve cleaned your stainless steel, why not use a little olive oil and buff away to really bring out its shine as well!). For taps, grab your reusable cloth and dip into some coke. Saturate the cloths and cover your taps, leaving them over night. Remove and clean in the morning. Left over coke is a fantastic eco-friendly way to clean your kitchen!
Ok so there are times when bleach is going to be the only thing that is going to cut it. Most bleaches are a base of Chlorine. This is extremely bad for the environment but have no fear. Find a bleach that is chlorine free or one that is hydrogen or oxygen based. Look for labels that say “non-toxic”, “chlorine free”, “phosphate free” and “biodegradable”. Always check the label!
As a last, extra thought about modern cleaning products, as well as being expensive and hazardous, they are most probably tested on animals. If this is something you are concerned about always check the label for the PETA symbol and do your research. Also avoid anything containing palm oil, as palm forests contribute to major deforestation of rain forests which leads to the extinction of many animals.
So those are just a few tips on how to make your kitchen more environmentally friendly by avoiding modern cleaning products. There are many reasons why you might want to do this, from making the world a better place for future generations to saving a few pennies here and there. Whatever the reason is I hope some of these suggestions have been useful to turn your kitchen into a clean, gentle and environmentally friendly haven.