3 tips for a green cleaning
Microfibre cloths are great, but an old pair of socks will do.
To stop using disposable wet wipes microfibre clothes have become a popular alternative.
While microfibre cloths are reusable, making them better than a single use cloth, they do still contain plastic. So they are a step in the right direction, they are not the perfect solution.
The most well known microfibre cloths are e-cloths, but they are quite expensive. There are cheaper alternatives out there for example, I bought a microfibre mop for £5 in Aldi. While the e-cloth version is £20. On the e-cloth website there is a calculator of how much they estimate you will save by buying their products. Think how much more you will save if you buy cheaper alternatives! I polished my mirrors and taps with a pair of old socks with a little water and they were just as clean as if I had used a microfibre cloth. They were however a little less smooth to use than the microfibre cloth.
Other green cleaning tips
Did you know that lemon juice is a great limescale remover and works fast on taps and sinks? Make sure you test it on an inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn’t remove more than you bargained for! Although I do use microfibre cloths (or old socks) I have not found them to be effective against limescale. To tackle the limescale, I used to use Viakal Limescale Remover spray currently priced at £3.20 for 500ml in Sainsburys. Lemon juice however is priced at around £1 for 500ml. It’s cheaper, effective, smells nicer, is edible (less worrying when cleaning with small children around). So I now use it for all my limescale removal needs.
Bicarbonate of soda is a wonderful deodoriser and makes a great underarm deodorant. It is not an antiperspirant so doesn’t stop you sweating. But it does get rid of bodily odours fast and I have found that it lasts all day. Use it sparingly though as it is abrasive and will rub if too much is used. Also pour some into the bottom of your bin, as it will keep smells away.
This post has been updated in Feb 2020 & all opinions are my own, thanks!