Do you want to reduce the amount of plastics you use? There’s a lot more you can do besides taking your own bags to the supermarket or a reusable drinks holder out with you. The cupboard under your kitchen sink is probably packed with products in plastic containers………well why not Make your own cleaning products?
There is really no need to purchase ‘wonder’ pre-packaged cleaning products. Try making your own with products you can buy in bulk, and usually in cardboard. You’ve probably got all the ingredients in your cupboard.
All purpose cleaner:
Fill an old spray bottle with vinegar and water. 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water.
All purpose disinfectant:
Fill an old spray bottle with 3 cups of hot water, 3 teaspoons of borax and 10 drops of eucalyptus, lemon or lavender oil.
Clean a burnt fry pan:
Fill pan with a layer of water, add 1 cup of vinegar, bring to boil. Remove from heat and add 2 tablespoons of baking soda (note: it will fizz). Empty the pan and scourer.
Combine 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup water in a microwavable container. Boil mixture for 3 mins. Let it stand in microwave for 10 mins. Wipe inside of microwave with a damp cloth.
Pour a little vinegar onto a scrunched up sheet of newspaper and wipe mirror. Dry with a clean sheet of newspaper.
Sprinkle bicarb / baking soda into the bowl. Rinse with vinegar and scrub.
Instead of buying cleaning rags wrapped in plastic recycle old towels, flannels and sheets that are well passed their used-by date. Cut them us, use, the wash!
Descale your kettle:
Half fill the kettle with water, drop a couple of slices of lemon and boil. Repeat once. Dry with a cloth.
Add one cup of white vinegar during the rinse cycle.
Make your drinking glasses shine:
Soak in a solution of vinegar and water. Dry with a cloth.
Remove rust (from tins):
Rub with a peeled potato dipped in bicarb / baking soda or salt.
Remove rust (from cutlery):
Polish cutlery with a paste of bicarb / baking soda and vinegar.
- from a shower screen: Fill an old spray bottle with vinegar and spay the screen. Leave for 3-5 mins then wipe with a clean towel, scrubbing lightly.
- from a shower screen: For stubborn screen stains squeeze some homemade toothpaste onto a sponge and scrub.
Soak and whiten nappies/diapers:
Dissolve 1/4 cup of bicarb / baking soda in warm water. Soak overnight. Wash nappies as normal. Saves you a fortune on disposable nappies/diapers too!!!
Unblock a drain:
Pour 1/3 cup of bicarb / baking soda into drain followed by 1 cup of white vinegar. Immediately seal the drain with the plug. Leave 1 hour and pour boiling water down the drain.
Washing dishes by hand:
Add 4tbs of baking soda to the hot water.
Washing dishes in dishwasher:
Mix 1 cup borax, 1 cup bicarb / baking soda and 1/2 cup salt. Add 1 tablespoon of the mixture in the “soap/tablet” compartment. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to the “rinse agent” compartment.