If money is a little tight or you don’t feel comfortable using lots of chemicals in your home, there are lots of alternative cleaning solutions for you to use in your home. Some people don’t like using lots of bleach or specialist cleaning products, especially when there are children and pets in the house, or you may find that you’re spending a small fortune on expensive branded cleaning products. Check out our quick tips for green cleaning.
Cleaning the grouting between tiles can sometimes seem like a daunting task, especially if your tiles are small and close together. Some types of stone may discolour if you use chemical shop-bought cleaning products, so it is safer to use natural cleaning techniques on your stone tiles. Use an old toothbrush and mix up a solution using bicarbonate of soda and vinegar to scrub away the grubby patches between tiles to get them looking as good as new.
Good old vinegar comes in handy again as a window cleaning spray. All you need here is a little vinegar mixed in with water and a tablespoon of eco-friendly washing up liquid, put them in a spray bottle and shake together. Now you have yourself a super-green window cleaning liquid which can be spritzed onto windows and other glass surfaces, and the vinegar should cut straight through fingerprints and grime leaving it perfectly shiny.
For a bathroom cleaner, take the same liquid detergent and mix it with baking soda. This will create a creamy liquid with which to clean the bathroom suite gently and without damaging the surfaces. This is good because it’s extremely gentle and non-abrasive and shouldn’t leave the residue that many artificial cleaners create.
You can even get wooden furniture and flooring looking its best the natural way with a non-toxic furniture polish. Here you will need olive oil and vinegar or lemon juice. Combine the two ingredients thoroughly and use a rag to buff your wooden furniture into a high shine with an attractive colour.
If you are struggling with mould in your home, use diluted tea tree oil in water. This can be used on a whole host of materials to repel mould. For instance, if your grouting tends to collect mildew, give it a spritz with your tea tree solution. A fine mist can also be used on mouldy rugs or carpets, and even on shower curtains and cushions and blankets which have got damp.
There is no need to force yourself to use shop-bought cleaning products when it can be just as easy, much cheaper and potentially safer to make your own cleaning products at home.
Take care to look after specific areas of need in your home. Get to know which specific areas of your home may need particular care. For information on maintenance and care of any tiled surfaces you may have, get in touch with The Stone Tile Emporium.