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Eco-Friendly Cleaning Supplies

eco friendly cleaning supplies

eco friendly cleaning supplies

Today let me share with you all of my eco-friendly cleaning supplies to get you started on your green cleaning journey.

Long term readers of Moral Fibres will know that I’m big on eco-friendly cleaning.  It’s lighter on the planet, good for your health, and it’s a whole lot of fun whipping up your own cleaning products in your kitchen.  And I promise you’ll feel a bit like an alchemist mixing up various (often food safe) ingredients, and coming up with potions and powders that will leave your home sparkling clean and smelling beautiful.

I’ve been asked a few times lately about my eco-friendly cleaning supplies and where I source my materials.  As it’s come up a few times I thought it would be useful to put all of this information into a blog post.  So lo and behold, a comprehensive list of the eco-friendly cleaning supplies I use and where to source them.

My Eco-Friendly Cleaning Supplies Arsenal

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Amber Glass Bottles (500ml or 1000ml size)

The reason I specifically use amber glass bottles is that the cleaning products I make typically contain essential oils.  Amber coloured bottles protect the essential oils from ultraviolet light, which can damage the oils.  Meanwhile, the glass is used because certain oils, such as citrus oils, may dissolve plastic over time.  This could be a problem if you’re reusing plastic bottles time and time again.  

I found my amber glass bottles* on eBay.  Don’t feel you have to splash out on bottles though.  For a zero-waste solution the glass bottles that white vinegar comes in will suffice: just store them in a dark cupboard when not in use.

Trigger Spray Nozzles

Some glass bottles come with screw tops.  I, therefore, add a few trigger spray nozzles* to my order.   Alternatively reuse trigger sprays from any used up cleaning products for an eco-friendlier approach.  

Pump Tops

I’m having a go at making my own hand wash, so have two pump tops, from Baldwins, for easy and measured dispensing.  I’ll share my recipe once I’ve hit the homemade hand wash jackpot.

White Vinegar

I buy my white vinegar in bulk from eBay, getting four 5 litre jerrycans of the stuff at a time.  Twenty litres works out at a little over £15 (with free postage) and it’s the most economical way of buying vinegar.  At about £1.33 a litre, it’s way cheaper than buying the glass bottles of white vinegar at the supermarket (£1 for 568ml) or the plastic 750ml bottles from the pound shop.  I use vinegar all around the house, and even the garden, so it’s a handy bulk supply to have in stock.

Vodka

I buy a big bottle of vodka specifically for cleaning with.  Nothing fancy, just the cheapest, nastiest stuff I can find on the bottom shelf of the supermarket.  Minimum alcohol pricing laws in Scotland means the cheapest I can find vodka for is £10 for 750ml.  

Vodka is scent-free and oddly great for deodorising (I promise your house won’t smell like a pub).  It’s also great at cutting through soap scum and has some disinfectant properties.  And the handy thing is that once you’ve finished cleaning you can pour yourself a celebratory vodka and tonic…!

Bicarbonate of Soda, Soda Crystals, Salt, & Borax

I keep a couple of boxes to hand of each ingredient.  Each is handy in its own right – see here for soda crystals uses and here for borax uses, and often can be combined with other ingredients to make powerful homemade cleaning products.  Large boxes of borax, soda crystals, and bicarbonate of soda can be found cheaply in the cleaning aisle of bigger supermarkets, at Wilkinsons, or in pound shops.  Alternatively, try eBay* if you want to buy in bulk at a low cost.

Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap

I’m a fan of Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap.  I’ve been buying the orange-scented soap in the larger size and been using it as part of the handwash recipe I’m working on.  I also use it for other uses around the home, such as cleaning my solid floors and making homemade cleaning sprays.

Essential Oils

I use a variety of essential oils as part of my eco-friendly cleaning supplies arsenal.  The most common oils I use are lemon, sweet orange, and grapefruit, as I’m a particular fan of citrus scents.  I’m also partial to lavender and tea tree oil because of their disinfectant and antibacterial properties.  I tend to buy my essential oils from Buff & Butter on eBay. I find these ones as are priced competitively, offer free delivery and have the added advantage of being organic.

e-cloths

I love my e-cloths – I wrote a whole ode to e-cloths here.  These cloths remove dirt, grease, and 99% of all bacteria, including salmonella, E.coli, and listeria, with just water.  When dirty, just pop them in the washing machine.  I’m particularly a fan of using e-cloths to clean my windows and shower screen, and for cleaning my stainless steel hob and appliances.  Streak-free cleaning at its finest.

There is a bit of controversy regarding microfibre cloths shedding microplastic into the ocean.  However, if you wear any kind of synthetic clothing then it’s also responsible for this microplastic release.  I would personally argue that the environmental impact of not using harsh chemicals that ultimately end up in our waterways is better than the small amount of microplastic coming from microfibre cloths.   That’s your personal choice to make though.  To mitigate the impact you can wash your cloths (and clothes) in a Guppyfriend microplastic catcher*.  

Other Items

Cotton cloths, scrubbing brushes, and citrus fruit are always handy eco-friendly cleaning supplies to have to hand, as is a little bit of elbow grease!

Looking for inspiration?  Try my post on my green cleaning favourites for some recipes to try out with these eco-friendly cleaning supplies!

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Home and Garden, Natural Cleaning

Over 15 Natural Cleaning Products to DIY That Really Work

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Over the years I’ve shared a number of natural cleaning products to DIY. 

There seems to be more and more interest in natural cleaning products lately, which is pretty amazing.  Who needs those cocktails of harsh chemicals in our homes anyway? Not me. According to scientists, conventional cleaning products can be as bad for your lungs as smoking 20 cigarettes a day.

To make life easy for you I thought it would be handy to have all of my DIY natural cleaning products posts in one place for your easy reference.  One to bookmark or pin perhaps?  I’ll update this post whenever I add any more green cleaning posts. Don’t say I’m not good to you!

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My Guide to Natural Cleaning Products to DIY

Find easy links to my favourite natural cleaning products that I make at home.  Each recipe is simple and effective, and tried and tested in my own home:

My Eco-Friendly Cleaning Supplies

eco friendly cleaning supplies

In my guide to eco-friendly cleaning supplies, I’ve listed all the products I buy to help me make my homemade cleaning products.  You can use it as a checklist to help you buy the products you need.

Where to Source Glass Spray Bottles

where to buy glass bottles for cleaning products

Wondering where to source glass spray bottles for cleaning products?  I’ve got you covered with this handy guide, which also features my best sources for recycled bottles.

Homemade Cleaning Wipes

homemade cleaning wipes solution

These homemade and reusable cleaning wipes solution is such an easy make, and one of my natural cleaning favourites.  The solution takes seconds to make, using super simple ingredients.  Then simply store a jar in your kitchen or bathroom to mop up any little spills.  

Homemade Oven Cleaner

homemade oven cleaner uk

I really like my homemade oven cleaner recipe because no noxious fumes come off it.  My clean green oven cleaning gel has none of the nastiness, but all of the effectiveness.  The best part?  You can pick up all of the ingredients (mostly from the baking aisle!) next time you’re at the supermarket!

DIY Natural Cleaning Spray

natural cleaning products to diy

Make this vinegar-free winter scented DIY cleaning spray, suitable for all surfaces.  It makes your home smell like a walk through a forest in winter and cleans like a pro.  

How to Clean With Citric Acid

citric acid cleaner

Don’t like the smell of vinegar but love its cleaning properties?  Try this natural cleaning spray made with citric acid.  It’s a good all-round cleaner, but where it comes into its own is that it’s really effective at removing soap scum, hard water stains, calcium deposits, lime, and rust. Try it on your shower screen.  I promise you’ll love it. 

Homemade Natural Cleaning Products Guide

homemade natural cleaning products to DIY

I started out with this guide to homemade cleaning products.  Here you can learn how to make your own fabric conditioner, dishwasher rinse aid, kitchen cleaner, and bathroom cleaner with the simplest of ingredients.

Homemade Scouring Powder Recipe

homemade scouring scrub recipe

Learn how to make this fantastically smelling and effective grapefruit scented homemade scouring scrub.  This cleans like a dream on ceramic sinks.

Soda Crystals Uses Around The Home

how to use soda crystals

Soda crystals are an excellent all-rounder when it comes to green cleaning.  I always try to have a box or two under my sink.  I’ve got 15 uses for soda crystals right this way.

Homemade Reed Diffuser DIY

reed diffuser DIY

Want to ditch the harsh chemical-filled synthetic shop-bought air fresheners?  Try this really simple reed diffuser DIY.  It’s made with only a few ingredients and can be whipped up in seconds.

Natural Stain Remover Tips

natural cleaning products to diy

In this post on natural stain removal, I’ve got heaps of advice on dealing with almost every conceivable type of stain the natural way.  From using lemon juice, to vinegar to milk, you too can ditch the synthetic stain removers.

Natural Cleaning with eCloths
e cloth review

I’ve recently become an e-cloth convert, and have a small stash of them – here’s my guide to cleaning with eCloths. I’ve found them invaluable for cleaning stainless steel and glass in particular, and they last an absolute age.  Mine are still going strong from over a year ago.

Uses For Borax

uses of borax

Like soda crystals, Borax is an excellent and inexpensive green cleaning stalwart.  Here are 21 uses for Borax.  It’s definitely one for your under the sink arsenal.

Is Borax Safe?what is borax substitute

There is some controversy over Borax, and its use as a natural cleaning product.  I’ve done some research on if borax is safe and found that if you are in the UK or EU then it’s safe, as only Borax Substitute is available to buy here.  However, if you’re in the USA or any other part of the world you will have to use your own discretion.  Have a read at and make your own mind up.

Homemade Hand Sanitiser

homemade hand santitiser

For hand sanitising on the go, I’ve shared my homemade hand sanitiser recipe that’s World Health Organisation compliant.  

If you’ve enjoyed these then in February 2018, I published a book packed full of green cleaning recipes for every corner of your home.  It’s called Fresh Clean Home.  Do check it out!

As an aside, as part of a series on the blog, I shared some unexpected uses for coconut oil, vinegar, and soap.  A few of these contain some excellent green cleaning suggestions.

Finally, if you’re not inclined to make your own cleaning products but want to green your cleaning products then here’s a guide to environmentally friendly cleaning products that actually work.

Happy spring cleaning!