Going Green: Part One – Natural Household Cleaners

One of the things I’ve been trying really hard to do this year is live in a more environmentally friendly way.  It’s something I’ve written about already in how to I’ve cut my energy bill and my food waste but something I haven’t really got a plan of action for if that makes sense?  I tend to do things that are better for the planet as the mood strikes me, though once I start I also tend to stick at it and an idea becomes a habit. 

I thought, then, it might be useful to get a bit more organised.  Each month, I’m going to set myself a green goal, something I will do and then report back on.  As it’s halfway through June, I’m going to start small and look at how I keep my house clean.  I already by eco-friendly products but I am not sure that’s enough – especially when I think about how many come in plastic bottles I’m not now convinced are recycled.


The plan…

So, for the next month I’m going to try natural cleaning products and see how it goes.  It’s probably going to be a bit trial and error but, for the next couple of weeks, I’m going to:

  • Replace my furniture polish with water and lavender oil on a dampened duster or a mix of olive oil and lemon juice (sticking with the one that works better);
  • Wash windows and mirrors with white vinegar as opposed to window cleaner;
  • Clean stainless steal with olive oil (it’s only the extractor fan and kitchen hob);
  • Use vinegar and baking soda to clean the bathroom; and
  • Whiten my whites with lemon juice.

I am really hoping these things work (which should help wallet as well as the planet!).  Do you use these or other natural cleaners in your home – do they work?

natural cleaner

I’ll let you know how it goes in a few weeks – wish me luck!

Emma x



4 thoughts on “Going Green: Part One – Natural Household Cleaners

  1. Hi Emma: Washing windows and mirrors with vinegar and used newspapers, and cleaning bathroom with baking soda and vinegar really work for me. Good for you for going green!


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