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How Green Cleaning can Save you Money

How Green Cleaning can Save you Money

There is a tendency to think of green cleaning as a more expensive option but that's just one of the myths surrounding eco-friendly cleaning. In fact, keeping your house clean and staying green can actually save you money as well as saving the planet and here's how:

DIY Cleaners

Branded household cleaners often average at around £2.50 - £3.30 for one bottle or spray yet you can make your own cleaner which is just as effective for less than half that price using things from the store cupboard which would be part of your everyday shop anyway. So if you look at it that way, you are actually spending nothing on household cleaners! Here are some of the best natural cleaners that you can find in every household:

- White wine vinegar can be used to remove grease, disinfect surface areas, de-scale taps and shower heads and clean windows to a great shine!

- Bicarbonate of soda; used in cooking this versatile ingredient can also help remove tough stains from delicate surfaces and also from carpets. It's great for removing stains from shower curtains and can even be used as a shampoo and toothpaste.

- Lemon Juice mixed with salt can help bring gleaming results to your copper and brass. Soak your whites in it overnight for brighter clothes and use as a natural deodoriser.

- Tea Tree Oil is not just good for keeping nits away from children's hair but also provides an effective disinfectant which is excellent for removing mould and mildew.

- Olive Oil mixed with lemon juice is a fantastic substitute for furniture polish and for shining stainless steel worktops, just use sparingly.


Less is More

How often have you read on cleaning products that you need to "spray liberally"? Well such are the effectiveness of natural cleaners that a little often goes a long way so your homemade cleaning products will last much longer than the bought variety.

Multipurpose Cleaners

If your cleaning cabinet is overflowing with bottles, sprays and potions for various jobs around the house you could be wasting resources and money as most cleaning solutions contain the same ingredients but are sold for different household tasks. So long as you have the main 5 ingredients listed above you can tackle almost every job in your home without resorting to buying separate cleaners.

Gentle Cleaning is Kinder for Your Home

Many ordinary cleaning products contain some pretty corrosive ingredients which will eventually wear away your surfaces, appliances and carpets. Environmentally friendly cleaners contain only natural ingredients that will provide a gentle clean which is much better for your surfaces and so will prolong their lifespan.

Live Cheaply and Healthily

If you currently spend money on asthma and eczema medicines then by switching to green cleaning you could actually see a reduction in these health conditions which means a reduction in medicine supplies.


Proof then that green cleaning solutions are not just kind to the environment but kind to your pocket, which is a welcome benefit in this age of austerity.

Published: 2012-10-06 13:05:55