Spring cleaning - the environmentally friendly way
Julie Biship set up Living Clean in 2002, having researched the harmful effects cleaning products were having on her family. “I found a direct link between my son’s asthma attacks and the toxins in products and was shocked by what I discovered as I looked further into the issue,” she explains.
Here are Julie's top tips.
If your kitchen sink becomes blocked with grease, avoid dangerous, corrosive chemicals and try a natural alternative. Pour plenty of boiling water down the plughole, followed by two cups of bicarbonate of soda and an equal amount of white vinegar until it begins to fizz. Then get to work with a plunger and things will quickly get moving.
Treat oil with oil, tackling that layer of grime that covers the top of kitchen cupboards with a little olive oil and lemon juice on a cloth. Oil gets the grease moving and lemon with cut through the dirt.
Use hot water, vinegar and a toothbrush to get rid of unsightly mould around bathroom tiles.
Place a dish of bicarbonate of soda and a few drops of lavender oil near smelly areas such as the bin and the dog basket to soak up unpleasant odours.
Spray soda water onto the tablecloth then wash and dry as normal.
For carpets, spray on the soda water then blot the stain until dry. Vinegar will do the same job. Bicarbonate of soda will act as a freshener for your carpet, neutralising nasty pongs.
Avoid spraying chemicals directly into the air you breathe. Instead, make a solution of one part white vinegar to three parts water and add a few drops of peppermint oil. Pour it into a spray bottle and spritz around the room.