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Home and Garden, Natural Cleaning

Green Cleaning Favourites

easy ways to reduce plastic waste

best green cleaning recipes

Over the years I’ve shared a number of green cleaning posts here.  While they’re all right here in the archives for you, there seems to be more and more interest in green cleaning lately, which is pretty amazing.  Who needs those cocktails of chemicals in our homes anyway?

To make life easy for you I thought it would be handy to have of my green cleaning posts in the 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!

Click the yellow title or the photo to be taken through to each individual post – they’ll open in a new tab.

My Green Cleaning Favourites

My eco-friendly cleaning supplies

eco friendly cleaning supplies

Here I’ve listed all the products I buy to help me make my homemade cleaning products.

Homemade Cleaning Products

homemade cleaning products

This is my most popular green cleaning post.  Here you can learn how to make your own chemical free 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 scouring scrub, which 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 them right this way.

Homemade Reed Diffuser DIY

reed diffuser DIY

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

Natural Stain Remover Tips

natural stain remover

In this post 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, even, you too can ditch the chemical based stain removers.

Chemical Free Cleaning with eCloths
e cloth review

I’ve recently become an e-cloth convert, and have a small stash of them.  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.  Definitely one for your under the sink arsenal.

Is Borax safe?what is borax substitute

There is some controversy over Borax, and it’s use as a green cleaning product.  I’ve done some research 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 and make your own mind up.

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!

Home and Garden, Natural Cleaning

Soda Crystals Uses Around The Home

how to use soda crystals

how to use soda crystals

Today I’m talking about soda crystals uses around the home.  Soda crystals are something that I always have to hand in my eco-friendly cleaning kit, and are my go-to green multi-tasker as they can clean practically anything!

As well as being an eco-friendly workhorse, soda crystals are really easy on the pocket too.  A 1 kg cardboard box of soda crystals is around £1 and can be picked up in any supermarket, hardware store or bargain store.

Here are my favourite soda crystals uses to help you stop reaching for chemical filled synthetic cleaning products:

15 Soda Crystals Uses Around The House

1.  Washing Machine Cleaner

About once a month it’s worthwhile giving your washing machine a clean.  Simply place a cup of soda crystals in the drum and run an empty 90°C wash (or the hottest your machine will go).  It really helps clears soap gunk and any hard water deposits from your machine, prolonging the life of your machine.

2.  Dishwasher Cleaner

Again, in a similar manner to cleaning your washing machine, soda crystals can be used to clean your dishwasher.  Simply add soda crystals to the detergent dispenser then run your dishwasher on the hottest wash your dishwasher allows for to give it a right good clean.

3.  Sink and Drain Cleaner

Pour a cup of soda crystals down your sink or drain, then pour down a kettle full of boiled water.  This will remove any fatty/grease deposits, making your drain smell sweeter and allow the water to drain away faster.

4.  Water Softener

If you live in a hard water area try putting a spoonful of soda crystals in with every load – it helps soften the water, prolonging the life of your machine.  It also has the added benefit of improving the cleaning effectiveness of your usual detergent.

5.  Wood Burning Stove Cleaner

If the glass of your wood burning stove is quite sooty soda crystals will take care of that.  Dissolve a quarter cup of soda crystals in a litre of hot water and use to the clean the soot off of the glass.

soda crystals uses

6.  Kitchen Cleaner

Greasy cooker hood?  Greasy tiles?  Dissolve one part soda crystals in three parts water, and using a cloth the grease will wipe off with ease.

Did food splatter your hob?  Simply sprinkle some soda crystals on the hob and clean with a damp cloth.

7.  Extractor Fan Filter Cleaner

Dissolve two large spoons of soda crystals and three large spoons of laundry detergent in hot water, and use to clean your cooker extractor fan filters with ease.  I used to dread this job but soda crystals really do make it easier without too much elbow grease!

8.  Toilet Cleaner

Soda crystals make a good bleach alternative to cleaning stained toilets.  Try two parts soda crystals to two parts water.  Then pour down your solution down the toilet and leave for 15 – 30 minutes before giving it a good scrub with your toilet brush.

9.  Clothes Stain Remover

Stained clothes?  Remove stains the natural way by adding one cup of soda crystals to a pint of hot water, and pre-soak your clothes for an hour before washing as normal.  Soda crystals are especially good at naturally removing stains such as tea, coffee, blood, oil, grease and ink from clothes.  This is probably one of my favourite soda crystals uses!

10.  Tea and Coffee Cup Stain Remover

You know those pesky stains you get in the bottom of mugs?  To remove them add half a teaspoon of soda crystals per mug and fill with boiling water.  Leave to soak until cool, and then rinse and wash as normal.  The stains should wash out easily.

11.  Cleaning Pots, Pans and Baking Trays

If your pots have burnt on food that just won’t budge add a quarter cup of soda crystals and fill the pan with boiling water.  Leave to soak overnight and clean as normal.  The food should shift quite easily.

12.  Cleaning Ovens

Cleaning the oven is my least favourite job.  Thankfully soda crystals can make life a little easier.  Simply run a shallow amount of hot water into your bathtub, and add a cup of soda crystals.  Place your racks and grill tray in the soda crystals solution, and leave for 30 minutes.  Then give them a quick scrub and they should come up lovely and clean without too much hard work!

13.  Washing Clothes

For a really thrifty take on laundry, you can use soda crystals to reduce the amount of detergent you use by half.  Use 50% detergent and 50% soda crystals in the drawer for really clean fresh smelling clothes.

14.  Floor Cleaner

For an eco-friendly floor cleaner, add 1 tablespoon of soda crystals to a mop bucket of hot water.  You can add essential oils too – my favourite combination is 10 drops of tea tree oil for its disinfectant properties, and 20 drops of orange essential oil for a fresh and clean citrus aroma.

15.  Removing Crayon Marks From Walls

Add an equal part of water to an equal part of soda crystals and mix to form a paste.  You can then use this paste to scrub the crayon mark off of the wall.  Don’t use on wallpapered walls, and it’s advisable to spot test on a hidden part of your wall (maybe behind some furniture) as soda crystals can remove some of the paint on brightly coloured walls.

A word of warning – don’t use soda crystals on aluminium as it’s corrosive, and wear rubber gloves when cleaning with strong concentrations of soda crystals as it can irritate skin when used in a concentrated manner.

What are your favourite soda crystals uses?  Have I missed any?

PS: if you liked this, then you might also be interested in these uses for borax and how to make your own homemade cleaning products.

PPS: I have written a book on green cleaning – packed full of recipes for natural cleaning for all around the home.  You can check it out here!