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DIY Green Cleaning Checklist

Your DIY Green Cleaning Checklist

Cleaning doesn’t have to be a daunting, pricey or a toxic task. These days, you can green clean  pretty easily using the high selection of eco-friendly cleaning products available (including plant based, cruelty free and vegan options) or you can DIY it at home with things you more than likely already have in your cupboards. Not only is that completely eco-friendly as you won’t be adding any toxic chemicals to your home, but it’s definitely budget friendly too! So why not give our Pattersons DIY Green Cleaning Checklist a go?

Eco Cleaning With White Vinegar

When you read about home cleaning remedies or eco cleaning at home, white vinegar usually comes up top of the list and there’s a good reason for that. It has many, many uses and can be used for most areas of your home which is great. In particular, we love using white vinegar for de-greasing our oven, removing mildew and mould from showers, cleaning windows and a few other things too. Why not try these quick home made remedies?

Window Cleaning With White Vinegar:  Mix 50:50 distilled white vinegar to cold water. Apply to the window using a microfibre cloth and gently wipe the window. Use a window squeegee in a reverse S shape to remove the excess liquid and any smears.

Cleaning The Microwave With White Vinegar: Boil a bowl of ¼ white vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave until a steam forms. Wipe the inside of the microwave using a microfibre cloth.

Cleaning Shower Doors With White Vinegar: Wipe your shower door with a sponge or microfibre cloth soaked in white distilled vinegar. Do not rinse.

Cleaning Wine Stains With White Vinegar: Sponge white distilled vinegar onto the area until the stain disappears. Always check the care label first.

Dealing With Scorch Marks On Clothes Using White Vinegar: Dip one corner of your microfibre cloth in white vinegar. Rub lighted on the scorched area and then wipe clean with a second, clean microfibre cloth.
Repeat as required.

Deodorise Drains Using White Vinegar: Pour a single cup of white distilled vinegar down the drain once a week. Flush with cold water after 30 minutes.


Eco Cleaning With Baking Soda

Baking soda is an absolutely must have product to have in your house as it has many amazing uses not just for making delicious Merry Berry cakes! It happens to be a gentle abrasive and natural deodorizer so is super useful in emergency cleaning situations. Use it to refresh a smelly fridge, deep clean greasy dishes, de-stink pet beds and other upholstery, remove mildrew from showers, de-clog drains, eliminate dustbin odours, perfectly clean a bbq grill and more!

Cleaning The Toilet With Baking Soda: Sprinkle ¼ of a cup of baking soda in your toilet bowl followed by a ¼ of a cup of white vinegar. Allow it to create a foam and then use your toilet brush to scrub the toilet before flushing. Add a couple of drops of essential oil for a fresh fragrance.

Unblocking The Drain Using Baking Soda: Put 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of white vinegar down the drain. Leave it for 15 minutes. Repeat if required.

Cleaning Dishes Using Baking Soda: Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda and a splash of white vinegar to hot water in a dirty dish. Leave for an hour then scrub clean. For any baked on food, leave overnight.

Create A Cleaning Paste With Baking Soda:
1 cup of baking soda
1 tablespoon of cream of tartar
30-40ml warm water
10 drops of peppermint essential oil


Eco Cleaning With Lemon

Fresh lemon juice is a natural antitoxin making it great for our skin as well as being super effective for cleaning too.  In fact, we’d go as far to say lemon can replace all of our toxic chemicals in our homes for commercial cleaning and can commonly be found in eco-friendly cleaning products.

As you might already know, we don’t believe bleach is good for anything except changing the colour of surfaces. As it’s such a harmful chemical to have lying around our homes, we recommend switching your household bleach for fresh lemon juice instead. On top of that it can also clean shower doors, clean dishwashers, clean microwaves and chopping boards, remove stains and create a fantastic all-purpose cleaner.

Plain Lemon Juice Cleaner: As it contains citric acid, just using lemon juice on its own will be enough to kill bacteria. Simply use it on its own then rinse surfaces with a damp cloth.

Lemon Juice And Salt: For places where bacteria can be found such as the kitchen sink or chopping board, mix lemon juice with salt until it creates a paste and scrub the surfaces with it. Try on copper, stainless steel or brass too!

Lemon Juice And Baking Powder: This is perfect for burnt on food on pans and dirty ovens. Mix lemon juice, baking powder and water and cover anything you would like to clean for 15 minutes with the liquid before rinsing it off.

Lemon Juice And Vinegar: Perfect for disinfecting surfaces and cleaning windows, mixing two tablespoons of lemon juice with ½ a cup of white vinegar and ¼ of water should do the trick.


Eco Cleaning With Salt

Much like baking soda or baking powder, salt is a very powerful absorbent and anti-bacterial making it useful for cleaning pretty much every surface in your home. The abrasive texture of salt makes it great for scrubbing away dirt giving it a bit of an advantage over the other homemade cleaning remedies. Having said that, it’s still gentle enough to use on surfaces and fabrics without the risk of damaging them.

Try using salty water to clean the burnt on food in your new pans, remove dreadful coffee and tea stains, re-fresh your wooden chopping boards, clean all of your kitchen machinery and even remove water stains.

Scouring surfaces: Mix salt and vinegar to create a stain removal powder which can be used to scrub surfaces.

Cleaning stains: Use the same mixture as above but this time, dampen a microfibre cloth in the mixture and apply it to surfaces. We particularly like to use it in fridges, on glass and on kitchen floors.

Remove water marks: Combine vegetable oil with salt until it creates a paste and apply to your glass or plastic surfaces. Leave for 10 mins before wiping clean.

Cleaning the carpet: Cover any fresh stains with salt and leave to rest for a minimum of 15 minutes before vacuuming up the salt. For deeper cleaning mix borax, vinegar and salt and pour the mixture onto the carpet. Spread and then allow to dry before vacuuming up.

Polishing: Sprinkle salt over stainless steel and then add a bit of hot water. Once cool, wipe up with a paper towel.

Cleaning the drain: Pour salt and hot water down the drain to prevent grease blockages. For unblocking the drain, mix. For clogs that have already formed, mix 1 cup of salt, ½ a cup of white vinegar, and 1 cup of baking soda and before down the drain before flushing with boiling water.


Eco Cleaning With Cornstarch

It might not be something you’ve never considered cleaning with before but if you’re wanting to remove toxic chemicals from your home, start eco-cleaning or save money, this in-expensive ingredient should definitely be added to your next shopping list. Perfect for nasty odour control, grease stains, polishing wood without making it sticky, cleaning glass and windows, cleaning leather and suede and more!

Polishing: Mix 1 part cornstarch to 2 parts of water to create a paste. Add it to your surfaces to polish and then rub gently with a clean microfibre cloth. Rinse off. We recommend testing this on surfaces first!

Cleaning the carpet: Sprinkle cornstarch onto your carpet and allow it to sit for roughly 15-20 minutes to allow it to absorb odours, grease and oil. Vacuum away.

Cleaning Pans: Mix 1 part of water to 2 parts cornstarch and then use the liquid/paste to scrub work tops, pots and pans and even bathrooms. For burnt on food troubles, sprinkle cornstarch into the pan to soak up the mess.


Eco Cleaning With Coffee Grounds

Having a similar effect as salt, this useful technique to use up your leftover coffee grounds means you’re get creating results at no extra cost to your weekly or monthly shops. Not only does is absorb bad odours but it can also be used to scrub even the most stubborn of dirt, conceal scratches on surfaces, clean your fireplace and loads more!

Absorb odours: Set an open container of coffee grounds in the place you have bad odours whether that be your fridge, the bin or a room. Add 2-3 drops of vanilla essence to create a sweet scent.

Cleaning pots and pans: Sprinkle coffee grounds into the pan and scrub gently. This is great on burnt on food stains too!

Scrub dirt: Sprinkle damp coffee grounds over the dirt such as a grill or fire place and gently scrub. The dirt will come off rather easily!

Conceal scratches: Simply dip a swap, brush or rag into coffee grounds and brush over scrape marks and watch them disappear!


For more advice on eco-friendly home cleaning methods, contact our friendly team of experts who will be happy to help offer advice on how to tackle your stubborn cleaning spots!

Happy Cleaning

The Pattersons Team

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