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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!

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Beautiful London House Tour

bunting over fireplace

I have to admit, I am partial to a good house tour.  We’re still working on our house (I know, it’s only been a year…).  We’re currently working with an architect to add a small extension so that we can have the luxury of an upstairs bathroom.  This means that all work on the upstairs of our house, and our hallway and stairs has to wait until this work has been done which is pretty frustrating as the bedrooms upstairs are in desperate need of renovating (think holes in walls, 20 year old orange carpet, etc).

In the mean time I am living vicariously through other people’s beautifully designed and furnished homes in the hope that one day (hopefully by the end of this year!) our home will look at least half as good as these!

One house I’ve been swooning over online is that of Caroline Rowland, editor of 91 Magazine.  Her London home is, I’m sure you’ll agree, simply stunning.

Like all of the houses I’ve featured here in the past, her house has largely been furnished with secondhand finds, be it from eBay, car boot sales, Gumtree, charity shops and antique shops – with the odd new item thrown in.   It really is proof that secondhand doesn’t mean that you have to compromise your style when it comes to furnishing your home.

Have a look for yourself!

pastel dining room

white open plan dining kitchen

vintage style kitchen

home furnished from ebay

bunting over fireplace

ebay sideboard

thornback and peel pigeon wallpaper

pigeon wallpaper

vintage style kids room

You can see more photos of Caroline’s beautiful home on Apartment Therapy, where you can also read the full interview too.

Enjoyed this?  I have more house tours just like this one right this way!