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Clients need to distinguish between natural and environmentally friendly products. There are also these products that are neither of the above but are less harmful to your health. Finally, there are products and tools that can be avoided. We list below a few examples.
There is now an abundance of resources on natural cleaning products. There are one source outlets for many of them, but mainstream supermarkets are starting to sell a lot of these product too. We give only a few examples below:
Soda crystals (can be in liquid form)
You can clean mould and limescale, kitchen surfaces and grease, tiles
It is a mild abrasive and it can clean well without causing scratches. You can use it on any chrome, aluminium or other surfaces. It is also an excellent natural deodoriser
This is also another natural descaler, which can be used for your kettle, washing machine, steam irons, even for your toilet bowl.
Excellent for cleaning windows, mirrors, other glass surfaces. It is also good for treating urine stains and as a deodoriser. When you add all purpose vinegar spray- you get an excellent mixture for your dishwasher cleaning.
Environmentally friendly products
The use of nature-friendly products is a trickier area. It is just enough to read one article and be more cautious: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/green-cleaning-theres-the-scrub-2030312.html. So, look for products that have some advantages over standard one in terms of degradability and have a lower concentration of harmful elements. Ecover and Method are most recognized brands, which try to optimise results. But, as per the article above, bear in mind: ‘In the case of Ecover's loo cleaner and washing tablets, the report found there was not enough evidence to suggest they had a significantly different impact on aquatic life than the market leader.’
There are also these products that cause less irritation to skin, eyes and so, they are better for your health but they are not organic and they cannot be described necessarily as more nature-friendly. Here, all can follow some basic rules: a) fragranced household products, such as air fresheners and especially plug-in ones; b) avoid dry cleaning products and treatments when, for example, you can take your curtains down and get them washed with water and very mild detergents; c) liquid dish washing detergents can be replaced with natural products; d) all window and kitchen surface cleaners can be easily replaced with natural products (see above).
Environmentally friendly place
• Use your dishwasher when it is at least partially full. Save energy by avoiding pre-rinsing
• Instead of chemicals, opt for 100 essential oils and non-aerosol scents.
• Use microfiber mops and colour-coded cloths that use less water and cleaning materials, and help prevent cross-contamination.
• Use compact fluorescent light bulbs (save energy)
• Unplug your TV when not in use