Going Green: Part One – Natural Household Cleaners (updated)

Scroll down to my goals to see how I did…
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);

Update: I couldn’t bring myself to put water on wood in the end but did try the olive oil and lemon juice mixture.  It worked just as well as my normal aerosol wood polish so there is no reason to not keep using this. 

  • Wash windows and mirrors with white vinegar as opposed to window cleaner;

Update: I already knew this would work as I’d tried it before.  What I hadn’t been able to do was use white vinegar as a habit.  This time, I made a real effort to use it as part of my weekly house-cleaning.  I now have lovely clean windows and will definitely keep using this.  

  • Clean stainless steal with olive oil (it’s only the extractor fan and kitchen hob);

Update: I’m not convinced about his one.  I tried the olive oil but maybe didn’t clean it off enough afterwards as I noticed a lot of smears when I started working in the kitchen.  I’m going to give it another go but then it might be off to look for other solutions. 

  • Use vinegar and baking soda to clean the bathroom; and

Update: Other than the fact my bathroom now smells like a chip shop, this did work.  I added lemon to try and get away from the smell and it did mask it somewhat.  I might add lavender oil next time to see if that helps.  

  • Whiten my whites with lemon juice.

I love the smell of lemon, which is a good thing as I left my daughter’s white school shirts in a bowl of lemon and water overnight to see if they would come out cleaner.  I think they did but the change was too subtle.  Worth another go though.  

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

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  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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