Thursday 10 September 2009

That Little Bit Greener

The theme this week is cleaning products. I bought Clean House, Clean Planet a few years back and tried out many of the ideas that she suggests. Things I did and stuck with...

  • use rags for cleaning and change to microfibre dusters - they can be thrown in the wash
  • use soda water as a window/glass cleaner
  • use baking soda where-ever possible - this is great for cleaning the microwave and the stove top as well as taking away stinky smells. Top tip, if you have a stain on the hob/over that won't come off, sprinkle with baking soda and a drop of water, then rub whilst wearing rubber gloves, works a treat especially on IH stoves.
  • use vinegar, water and essential oils mix as a general surface cleaner
I did try and eliminate all chemicals but ran into some problems.
  • Summer in Japan are very humid and it breeds mold, the only way I have found to keep the bathroom mold free is a weekly clean with bleach, it is my least favourite job but I tried many a different cleaner and bleach is the only one that worked. The toilet gets a once a week bleach treatment too. The rest of the time I use vinegar and baking soda but noticed that it needs a stronger cleaner once in a while.
  • laundry detergent - we used an eco one for a while but it disappeared from the stores and the only one I have found recently is really expensive so we are back to the usual.
  • Dishwasher detergent - I tend to mix in half detergent and half baking soda but would like a more eco way of doing it, any ideas?
  • washing up liquid - again, we used to use the eco one until it disappeared.
Of course, the best way to reduce all these chemical cleaners would be to not do any cleaning! I wish I could pull that one off LOL. So, what are your best eco cleaning tips? I'd like to eliminate the chemicals completely (or at least use a greener version) with the exception of the bath bleach.
Now pop over to A Little Bit Greener and see what else is cleaning with..


  1. This blog has some great advice about living more sustainably (I'm not associated with it at all, but do read it daily and find it full of inspirtation):
    She has homemade recipes for all sorts of things around the home from dishwasher liquid and powder to toothpaste and shaving gel. Hopefully there'll be something useful for you there!

  2. I've picked up a lot of tips for cleaning from this site:

    She also has a page dedicated to home-made cosmetics:

    Sometimes I realise I'm greener than I thought!

  3. hello there. we used charlie's soap (washing powder)when we lived in japan (can be ordered online from a japanese supplier)...we used it for washing but for all sorts of cleaning too...can highly recommend it!

  4. There are lots of recipes using castille soap and plant oil based soaps. I use a pre-made spray with coconut soap and lemon oil and lots of vinegar and baking soda. I live in a fairly humid area too and I haven't found an alternative to bleach for the mold/mildew either.

  5. thanks for all the good tips!


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