Eco Spring Cleaning – The recipes

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Following on from our last post about switching up your eco cleaning products we have had some requests for recipes.  So I have listed some below for you.  These are not of my own devising, although we do use some of them at home, but they have all been sourced from elsewhere, and sources where I could remember are listed below.
Hope they help!

Multi –purpose cleaner

Ingredients – Water, White Vinegar, lemon-grass essential oil  and eco washing up liquid (Wikaniko recommends BioD)
Fill a spray bottle to half way with water, then top up to ¾ full with White vinegar. Add 10 – 15 drops of Lemongrass essential oil, add a few drops of washing up liquid. Shake well before use.

Tile Cleaner

Ingredients-  Bicobonate of soda, white vinegar, lemon juice
Mix 2 parts bicarb to one part white vinegar and one part lemon. Use a damp cloth to apply the mixture to the tiles and leave for 10mins before rinsing off.  This is also good for draining boards, sinks, baths.

Toilet Cleaner

Ingredients – Bicarbonate of soda, White Vinegar
Flush Toilet so sides are wet, Sprinkle with bicarbonate of soda, then drizzle with white vinegar. Leave it alone for at least 30mins or as long as possible and the scrub with a toilet brush.

Blocked drains

Ingredients – Equal parts bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar, boiling water.
Pour bicarb down drain and follow with vinegar, solution will foam up, leave for a few minuets and follow with boiling water.

Furniture Polish

Just Oilve oil, or two parts olive oil to one part lemon juice.

Cleaning gloss paint and UVPC window frames

1 x Tablespoon Soda Crystals dissolved in 1 bucket of hot water

Glass Cleaner

50% White Vinegar to 50% water, spray on windows and buf with a microfiber cloth, or if you are feeling really retro, newspaper!
So there you go, you can clean your whole house with just a few basic ingredients. Essential oils are an option to add scent and can be used for added antibacterial or anti fungal properties.

Tips –

–          Bicarbonate of soda is great at deodorising so you can sprinkle it onto carpets or upholstery and leave for a few mins and vacuum up to freshen them up.
–          It can also be sprinkled into smelly shoes or trainers left for a few hours and then shaken or vacuumed out.
Leaving some in a ramekin in your fridge can absorb any bad odours trapped in there.
–          Essential oils can add antifungal and antibacterial properties to cleaning products, but you only need a few drops.
–          Be sure to test any new cleaning products on a small inconspicuous area first.
–          Do not mix Bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar together in a sealed container
–          Do always keep cleaning solutions out of the reach of children.
Recipe Credits to
The green, womens voices, goodhousekeeping/the national trust

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