Eco Friendly, Non-Toxic Cleaning Products: Keeping Your Pyrmont Apartment Clean and Green
Making your own non-toxic, natural cleaning products is a great way to turn your Pyrmont apartment into a chemical-free, environmentally friendly haven. You will be looking after the health of the environment and those you live with, and saving significant amounts of money—your self-made cleaning products will cost around one tenth of the price of the chemicals you buy at the supermarket!
Some of the chemicals found in commercial cleaning products (such as paradichlorobenzenes and formaldehyde) are possible carcinogens, and others are non-biodegradable. Many people, children and adults, are allergic or sensitive to the chemicals used in cleaning products—natural cleaning products provide an easy solution.
You probably have most of what you need to get started on your non-toxic cleaning kit already in your pantry—the main ingredients you need are:
- Baking soda
- Washing soda
- White distilled vinegar
- Lemon juice
- A good liquid soap
- Tea tree oil
White vinegar and baking soda are especially useful—you can even use them to clean the toilet!
The following are some easy ‘recipes’ for cleaning products.
Bathroom Tile Cleaner: Pour vinegar onto a sponge, sprinkle with baking soda and wipe over tiles. Use a toothbrush on the grout. Rinse.
Dishwasher: Remove odours and clean your dishwasher using baking soda in the detergent section and vinegar in the rinse.
Floors: Clean floors with very hot water with a ½ cup of white vinegar added.
Microwave: Easily clean your microwave by placing a bowl with ½ cup of white vinegar, 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda inside, cook until it boils and dried on food will easily wipe off.
Mirrors: Old newspapers are perfect for non-streaky mirrors! Just use water and scrunched up newspaper to polish the surface. Eucalyptus oil will give you a fog-free mirror.
Mould Remover: Mix two teaspoons of tea tree oil with 500ml of water in a spray bottle. Spray on surfaces. Another good way to remove mould is to spray white vinegar on surfaces.
Oven: Make a paste of baking soda and water. Spread over oven, leave for several hours and rub off using a scouring pad.
These are just a few of the many ways you can use natural products to clean your home. Also, check out our 25 Tips to Make Your Apartment Eco-Friendly.
Natural, non-toxic products made by you are safe for children and pets, plus have almost no impact on the environment (and your wallet!)
So whether you make your own natural cleaning products or buy eco friendly, keeping your home clean and non-toxic has never been easier. Give it a go and let us know what you think.