Lambs are gambolling, bluebells are appearing and it is finally warm enough to emerge from your woolen layers. Spring is officially here, so shake off winter without leaving a toxic footprint with a big (green) Spring clean.
It can seem that every cleaning product on the market has a bacteria busting ingredient and that has only got more prevalent since the start of the pandemic. Whilst antibacterial cleaners can have their uses, say in hospitals, commercial food preparation sites and care homes, there is no real evidence that your home needs that level of chemical cleaning.
A recent Which report found that the use of household antibacterial products were unnecessary to prevent transmission of Covid-19 providing that basic hygiene measures were being used.
Instead try this DIY citrus surface cleaner:
Fill a glass jar with orange or lemon peels. Cover the citrus peel with white vinegar and leave somewhere cool and dark to infuse for a couple of weeks. When ready, strain the vinegar and discard the peel. Mix 125ml of citrus vinegar with 1 litre of water and your cleaner is ready to use.
Clean your microwave with this simple hack:
Place half a lemon in a bowl of water in your microwave. Cook on high for 3 minutes and then carefully remove (the bowl and water will be hot!), whilst the microwave is still damp with steam, wipe away any food spills and grease.
Kitchen sponges are bacteria breeding grounds, replace your plastic sponge with our compostable cleaning cloths which can be washed regularly with your normal laundry to keep them safe and hygienic or our range of biodegradable coir scourers and brushes.
Chances are that by the end of winter, your living room is the room most in need of a deep clean. This is especially true if you have an open fire or wood burner (and pets that like to lie in front of them).
Pick a sunny day to throw your windows wide and let the fresh air in. This will clear the build up of harmful air pollutants and allergens that can build up in a room.
Deodorise carpets and soft furnishing with this homemade cleaning solution from HomeEdit.
Clean windows with this non-toxic spray:
Mix equal parts water and white vinegar and rub away watermarks with scrunched up newspaper to maximise that serotonin boosting sunlight.
Living Room Swaps:
Common fragrances found in air fresheners and scented candles can form volatile organic compounds, like formaldehyde when burned or mixed with the ozone present in our houses. Now that’s not something they advertise on the label! To safely fragrance your home, choose non-toxic soy candles like these from the Cornwall Candle Co.
You put fresh bed linen on every week, but when was the last time you freshened up your mattress? Your bed accumulates dust, dead skin cells and dust mites which won’t help your sleep easily at night and can aggravate allergies.
Sleep easy with this easy mattress cleaning hack:
Get to work by stripping your bed, sprinkling your mattress with baking soda and using a stiff brush to really work it into the fabric. Leave for an hour and then hoover your mattress thoroughly. Lastly, flip your mattress and repeat the process.
Save your woolies naturally:
Pack away your winter woollens and naturally repel moths by adding muslin bags of cedar chips and dried lavender between jumpers.
There have been concerns that flame retardants added to mattresses and volatile organic compounds in polyurethane could be released during the night and affect health. Switch to an organic mattress made from wool, cotton or latex for a clean and comfortable night’s sleep.
The bathroom is one place where most people get serious about germ busting, with concerns about COVID-19 and cleaning influencers on social media leading to a boom in sales of cleaning products. However common household cleaners may contain hormone disrupting phthalates, volatile organic compounds and chemical skin irritants as well as ending up in waterways and posing a threat to wildlife.
Tackle grouting with this DIY mould and mildew remover:
Mix a tablespoon of white vinegar with two tablespoons of baking soda. Spread a thick layer onto mouldy grouting or seals and leave to dry. Scrub off the mixture with water.
Clear pipes with this non-toxic drain cleaner:
Remember those primary school science experiments? Recreate a volcano down your sink with this non toxic drain cleaner from The Spruce to clear the build up of soap suds.
Where to start? Plastic is everywhere in the bathroom from toothbrushes, shampoo bottles, beauty products to plastic cotton buds and cotton wool. Disposable makeup remover wipes are destined to languish in landfill for years or if flushed, contribute to fatbergs and other blockages. Choose reusable facial pads instead, they come with a naturally exfoliating organic cotton towelling side for gentle cleansing and a super soft organic cotton velour side for make up removal. They contain no polyester and so are completely plastic free.