10 Eco-Friendly Cleaning Hacks

I think we are all becoming more environmentally conscious, I know I am as I get older. So if you want to get away from the beach and embrace a cleaning regime that is better for the environment then check out these eco-friendly cleaning hacks brought to you in conjunction with Pattersons, a company that offers household and commercial eco-cleaning products.

1. In a microwave put a cupful of cold water and half a lemon. Microwave for two minutes until the water heats up. Leave in the microwave for five minutes, remove the cup and then wipe the inside with a damp cloth. The steam will loosen any grime and the lemon will make it smell nice and make it easy cleaning.

2. Lemon can also work wonders on your cutting board too. To remove stains cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice over the surface. Leave to stand for 20 minutes and then rinse. The result is a stain free board that smells fresh and should eradicate any garlic or onion smells.

3. To remove coffee stains in china cups, make up a mixture of half salt and half vinegar. Use this with a soft cloth to scrub the inside of the cups to remove all the stains in no time.

4. To clean your oven, firstly wipe over when cool with a cloth to get rid of any loose particles, then sprinkle with bicarbonate of soda all over the burnt on grime. Next, get some white vinegar and sprinkle all over the baking soda. The vinegar will react with a baking soda like magic, and fizz up to clean off the burnt on food. Wipe off with a clean cloth.

5. To freshen up a carpet, sprinkle liberally with bicarbonate of soda and leave overnight. The next morning vacuum up and your carpet should smell fresher and look much cleaner.

6. To clean blinds, make a mixture of half vinegar and half water. Wrap a clean sock around your hand and dip in the mixture, then wipe over the blinds to clean.

7. To clean a showerhead, fill a plastic bag with white vinegar. Then immerse the shower head in the bag so it is covered. Leave overnight, then rinse. Any hard water marks and mould should be removed.

8. Clean drains by pouring vinegar down them, leaving for 30 minutes then rinse with water.

9. To remove crayon marks from white walls, make a mixture of bicarbonate of soda paste with equals parts of baking soda and water then apply to the walls with a soft cloth gently. The marks should come off easily, just be careful if your walls are not painted white as this is gently abrasive.

10. To clean your metal taps, work in a small amount of toothpaste, then get a soft cloth and buff dry. The taps should sparkle.

So these are my top 10 natural cleaning tips. With a handful of natural substances like lemons, bicarbonate of soda, vinegar and toothpaste you can have a cleaner and healthier home.

Check out this infographic below for more eco-friendly cleaning hacks.

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  1. I'll have to try this trick with lemon, it sounds easier then using a cleaner and I bet it smells better too.

  2. I only just found out that you should add your squeezed lemons to your dishwasher to help with keeping it clean, plus adding a sparkle to your glasses

  3. I love the sound of the microwave one, definitely something I need to do!

  4. Fantastic tips, I will be trying the once to remove coffee stains!

  5. Great tips, I will definitely give some of these a try! I am definitely trying to be more conscious about the products I am using so love the sound of these!

  6. These are fab cleaning hacks and I love the fact that they are eco friendly too xx

  7. I love white vinegar for my glass wear, works so well

  8. I love these tips, I am trying really hard to use less harmful products.

  9. Love these tips, I'm going to try out the lemon in the microwave one this weekend so thank you!

  10. Thanks for sharing such a comprehensive set of tips - I will definitely be testing out the toothpaste ideas! Amazing how versatile the contents of our cupboards can be :)