In recent years, we have really started to realise how damaging chemicals are to our bodies and our environment. ‘Green’ companies have sprung up everywhere, especially those selling green cleaning supplies.

We all want a clean and fresh home, and in the past that meant lots of sprays, wipes, bleach-based products and other heavily scented and chemically enhanced products.

Now, more people want to clean their home with green products without spending a lot of money. To get your home in tip-top shape in no time, you actually only need a few low cost items. Let’s do a walkthrough of your house to see how you can use these products to leave your home shiny, sparkling and chemical free.


Kitchen

Simply use baking soda sprinkled on your counters and table to clean them thoroughly, killing germs and bacteria in the process. Just be sure to rinse thoroughly to avoid white spots. If you have mouldy dishes or other mouldy spots, mix tea tree oil with water to effectively remove the mould. Use plain water to wash your floor, unless it is extremely dirty. Then just add a bit of gentle dish soap or a few drops of an essential oil to get your floor sparkling.

Bathroom

Scrub your baths, sinks and toilets with baking soda. For added cleaning power in the toilet, you can add a bit of vinegar to the soda. This solution can also be used to unclog a drain. Mixing vinegar with water in a 50/50 solution will clean your mirrors without leaving streaks. Again, treat any mouldy spots with tea tree oil and water. If your fixtures are chrome, scrub them with toothpaste.

Bedrooms and Living Room

If there are spots on the walls, use vinegar and baking soda to remove. Olive oil mixed with lemon juice 50/50 can be used for furniture polish.

Laundry Room

Vinegar and eucalyptus oil can be used in the dryer in place of dryer sheets. Simply spray a wash rag with the mixture and throw in with your load. Your static will be eliminated, as well as leaving your clothes feeling very fresh and clean.

Use these tips as a starting point, and experiment with your own green cleaners. Sure, you can still buy manufactured products that are green, but you can save a lot of money by simply making your own cleaners too!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Peter has received many accreditation's including many from the Times Online. As founder of You Could Save (2005) and What Stationers (2007) Peter regularly helps consumers and national organisation ‘save money’. He believes that the only successful way to bring people together online is to provide an open marketplace where people can all work together in a friendly, unbiased environment. You can contact Peter Millikin either through his Google+ account or via his websites.

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