Monday, June 6, 2011

Green clean

These three items form the basis of what I clean the house with.

Spurred on by a dislike of under-sink clutter and a preference for natural ingredients, I've come up with a few standard mixes of these products. The only other things I regularly use are eucalyptus oil, Method's shower cleaning spray, Chux magic eraser sponges and no-brand metallic-looking mesh scourers (as the magic eraser stuff rips apart too easily when scrubbing tiles - but is great on glass shower screens and stainless steel sinks).

For a general cleaning spray, including benchtops, I mix water, a dash of eucalyptus, a squeeze of washing-up liquid and half a cup of vinegar and it works a treat.

For floors, into a bucket of warm water goes a squeeze of washing-up liquid and half a cup of washing soda (it's a great degreaser, bit like a natural sugar soap).

For glass and mirrors, it's a half-water half-vinegar mix. A professional window cleaner once told me the best way to wash dirty windows is with soapy warm water, the soap being washing-up liquid, a sponge and a squeegee. That all I've used on the windows ever since and it works every time.

I know some people swear by bi-carb soda but I find it too gritty. I do toss some of it in an empty dishwasher with a cup of vinegar from time to time to give it a clean, though.

Now I need to go and actually do some cleaning rather than write about it.


  1. Hello Vera,
    I would like to tell you that I may pass the Kreative Blogger Award and that I have chosen you and your blog. The award is a recognition for what you do and I hope you want to accept it. If you do, please visit my blog to pick up the award. Hope you will!

  2. Vinegar, eucalyptus oil and the eco brand of dishwashing are all on my cleaning shelf too. Method is great also, but I have trouble finding it lately in our supermarkets. I am going to try your floor mix. Never thought to add washing soda. Sometimes I replace eucalyptus with tea tree or lavender oil.

  3. I made your surface spray last week - it works a treat. Great to be minimising the under sink spot!