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OFF-THE-SHELF CLEANING PRODUCTS often contain toxic chemicals like ammonia, bleach, phosphates, petrochemicals, caustic soda, chlorine and formaldehyde. These can affect health, pollute water and harm wildlife. EcoFrenzy suggest using environmentally friendly cleaning products which save you money and are good for health and home.

Clean windows by using 50% white vinegar with 50% water in a spray bottle, then dry glass with a soft cloth, saving around

£1 per litre (compared to commercial glass cleaning sprays)

If you used a 1 litre spray bottle every month, over a year you would save around

£12.00

For stubborn stains, if you use 50ml of distilled white vinegar instead of a 50ml solution of a well known fabric stain remover, you can save 5.5p every time. If you did this once a week, it would save £2.75 per year.

Sometimes, simply soaking spots, stains or dried food with hot water is a great way to handle stubborn cleaning work. Adding a few drops of lemon juice (or vinegar) to the water can also help, a quarter of a lemon only costs about 9p.

To make a floor disinfectant, combine ⅛ cup plant-based liquid soap, ⅛ cup distilled white vinegar, 1 gallon of water and 10 drops of an aromatic plant oil (such as lavender). This can save an amazing £2.19/litre compared to some well known undiluted products. If you used 1 litre per month, this        would save you £26 per year.

When purchasing cleaning products, search for these money saving and environmentally friendly features.

GREEN ALTERNATIVES

There are many products now on sale which offer a green alternative to traditional cleaning products containing ammonia and bleach. Look for terms such as organic, biodegradable and toxin-free.

MAKE YOUR OWN

Try making your own cleaning materials from simple products such as vinegar, baking soda, plant based liquid soaps, and aromatic oils.