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Spring Cleaning – The Eco Way

As lives become busier, more hectic and more stressful, it’s easy to choose products that promises a quick fix.  Need a bathroom cleaner? On your next shopping trip you pick up one of the bright and colourful bottles promising to clean fast.  But did you ever think about what’s in that container?

These products are made up of harsh cocktails of chemicals and so can be bad for your health and your kids’ health.  As people rethink what they’re bringing into their homes, they’re looking for greener solutions.

So, instead of bringing these harsh chemicals into your home, consider eco-friendly cleaning the options below.  We have some natural alternatives to your every day products as well non-toxic and organic options.

All-Purpose Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • One part vinegar
  • One part water
  • Lemon zest
  • Rosemary

Combine the above ingredients together, pour into a spray bottle, shake, and then let sit for a week before using. Once it’s all infused, you can use this solution to remove stains, clean bins, wipe away stains on walls, and much more. Because of the acid in the fruit, it has extra cleaning properties — perfect for stubborn stains. 

Eco friendly cleaning
This Glass Spray Bottle is perfect for this solution!
 

Kitchen Cleaner and Deodorizer

What you’ll need:

  • 4 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 litre warm water

To clean kitchen counters, kitchen appliances and inside your fridge, the best thing to use is baking soda.  It’s an oder neutraliser and is great from shining stainless steel and counters.  The solution should be used with a clean sponge and wiped.

Heavy Duty Scrub

Ingredients:
 
  • 1/2 a lemon
  • Sonnet Scouring Powder
Rust stains on porcelain or sinks and bathtubs are no match for this cleaner. Dip the lemon into the Sonnet Scouring Powder and scrub the surface, then rinse. (This is not safe for marble or granite.) 
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DIY Natural Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

eco friendly cleaning

Baking soda.

Baking soda is a great way to combat bad odors, but it can also be used as a surprisingly effective cleaner around your home by making a paste with baking soda and water.  Great for ovens.

Vinegar.

The acid cuts through grease and grime while killing harmful bacteria.

Salt.

Salt is an abrasive makes it a perfect tool for tackling spills and stains on hard surfaces.

Lemon juice.

Lemons are an excellent all-natural cleaning product. By cutting a lemon in half you can use it to scrub away stains on countertops, cutting boards, and other surfaces.

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Organic soaps and detergents

Sonett is one of the pioneers of ecological laundry detergents and cleaners. 

The raw materials used are completely biodegradable and free of synthetic fragrances, dyestuffs and preservatives, they are without any enzymes and petrochemical surfactants, contain no bleaching agents, and neither genetic engineering nor nanotechnology has been used to create them.

Click the pictures below to learn more about these eco-friendly cleaning products;

floor mopping fluid
Mopping Fluid
Multi-Surface & Glass Cleaner
toilet cleaner
Toilet Cleaner
Scouring Powder
bathroom cleaner
Bathroom Cleaner
all-purpose cleanser
All-Purpose Cleanser
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5 SIMPLE ZERO WASTE PRODUCT SWAPS

ZERO WASTE SWAPS

Making zero waste swaps to achieve a zero waste lifestyle mainly focuses on sending nothing  to a landfill.  It also means we recycle less because we find ways to avoid having material to recycle in the first place.

The most important part of going zero waste if trying, where possible, to Avoid, Refuse , Switch, Reuse and Reduce. 

If you’re not ready to leap into a fully zero waste life, don’t worry!  We’ve compiled a list of 5 simple zero waste swaps that can help reduce your waste!

  1. BODY WASH

One of the easy switches to make is from body wash or hand soap in a plastic bottle to a good, old fashioned, bar of soap!  A lot of these soap bars come completely packaging free and leave zero waste. Keeping a bar in the shower, one in the bathroom and one in the kitchen can be a super simple way to reduce a great deal of plastic packaging that would usually need to be thrown away or recycled!

Search the soap section on our site for lots of options!

https://littlegreenshop.ie/?s=soap&post_type=product

  1. COFFEE CUP

There are so many reasons to carry a reusable travel cup for your tea or coffee.  Firstly, it’s environmentally friendly.  Disposable cups are hard to recycle because they have waterproof plastic lining and so they often end up in landfill.  On top of this, it’s cheaper!  Most cafes will offer a discount if you bring your own travel mug. There’s so many different options to choose from with a reusable cup that you can pick a stylish mug that will also keep your coffee warm for longer!

  1. WATER BOTTLE

In this same vein, we should mention water bottles.  We all know how important it is to stay hydrated.  A reusable water bottle can hugely reduce your plastic waste.  The World Health Organization did a study and found that over 90% of bottle water tested from major companies contained plastic fibers. Plastic isn’t just bad for the planet, it’s bad for your bloodstream too!

And we have loads to choose from at littlegreenshop.ie:  https://littlegreenshop.ie/product-category/out-about/reusable-bottles/

  1. BAMBOO TOOTHBRUSH

Switching from a conventional plastic toothbrush to a bamboo toothbrush is one of the easiest things you can do to immediately reduce the plastic waste in your bathroom.  Brushing your teeth should be something that promotes good health but normal toothbrushes are made of BPA or PVC based plastic for the handle and bristles, which can leave toxic microparticles of plastic in your mouth.

https://littlegreenshop.ie/product/bamboo-toothbrush/

  1. STRAWS

Plastic straws are set to be banned in Ireland by the year 2021 and most restaurants and coffee shops have already switched to paper straws. Picking up a stainless steel or glass straw can be an easy way to reduce your plastic use.  Enjoy all your iced drinks and feel good about it!

https://littlegreenshop.ie/product-category/out-about/reusable-straws/