A clean and hygienic living environment is essential for good health, both physically and mentally. Unfortunately, many of the cleaning products on the market are packed with harsh and potentially harmful ingredients. What’s more, the production process can often negatively impact the environment due to the pollutants that are pumped into the air, as well as the chemical run-offs. And while most of us know that conventional cleaning products have some serious drawbacks, we still reach for them because it seems logical that strong, chemical-based products will be the most effective in clearing out dirt and germs. However, there are actually tons of gentle and effective earth-friendly products, DIY solutions and tricks that you can rely on to keep your home a haven of health and happiness!
Allow us to take you on our eco-friendly home cleaning tour…
It is recommended that you vacuum both sides of your mattress at least once a month in order to remove dust, dust mites and other irritants that could cause an allergic reaction. Check your mattress regularly for any signs of critters, such as small black/brown flecks and eggs, and pay special attention to any folds or seams, especially if you have pets.
Cleaning mattresses can be tricky as they are generally warm and protected, meaning that adding any moisture creates the ideal environment for mould and bacteria to grow. Luckily, there are dry sanitising powders out there that you can safely use on mattresses, such as the SANIC Dry Sanitiser (this product can also be used on couches, cushions, pet beds, carpets and car upholstery!). Make sure to keep your mattress dry by opening windows to allow for better ventilation in your room, especially when you are washing and changing your bedding. Also note that you should avoid having your mattress directly on the floor. The base of a bed is designed to allow for ventilation and air circulation underneath the mattress, as this is important for keeping it clean, dry and hygienic.
To chase away mosquitos, flies and other sleep-disturbers, employ the help of the Wellness Organic Citronella Essential Oil in a burner or diffuser.
Make sure to wash and swap your linen regularly so that your bed stays clean and hygienic. This is especially important for pillow cases, as sleeping with your face on dirty fabric can lead to blemishes and other skin problems. Try to wash your duvet cover and sheets at least once a month, and your pillow cases every week. It’s also a good idea to invest in pillow and mattress protectors so that you can keep everything as clean and hygienic as possible. You should also try to make a habit of spraying your bed down with a natural anti-microbial spray like Beautiful Aroma’s Sandalwood Purifying Spray, which removes odours and can help to soothe and relax you.
The bedroom is a great place to experiment with aromatherapy because it is where you start and end your day. You could make use of scented candles, diffusers, oil burners, room mist sprays and essential oils to tailor your room’s scent. For all your fragrance needs, check out our range of Wellness Organic Essential Oils. Rose, lavender, lemon and vanilla are great to use in the evenings, as they promote healthy sleep (simply sprinkle a few drops of your chosen essential oil on your pillowcase), while a burst of fresh orange, cool peppermint or spicy clove bud are all great choices if you need to get energised and ready for the day.
You can clean wood, tile and laminate floors with a simple DIY all-purpose floor cleaner. Simply combine a cup of water, half a cup of white distilled vinegar, half a cup of rubbing alcohol, two to three drops of dish soap, and 30 drops of your chosen essential oil/s in a spray bottle. Make sure that your floors have been swept or vacuumed so that they are clear of crumbs and dirt, and then spray the cleaner onto the floor before wiping up with a soft cloth or mop.
To make things even simpler, you could also just use the Wellness All Purpose Cleaning Gel. Dilute one to two teaspoons in a bucket containing around five litres of water, and then mop as per usual.
Carpet messes and stains can be a real pain, but there are a number of easy DIY fixes that can help you out:
- Sprinkle baking soda over a stain, leave for at least an hour (or, preferably, overnight), and vacuum up the next day. The powder will work to absorb odours and help to remove the stain.
- For sticky messes such as bubblegum and Prestik, use an ice cube to harden the culprit so that you can easily peel it away from the carpet.
- If you fall victim to the dreaded red wine spill, blot up as much liquid as possible and sprinkle the area with salt, making sure that the whole stain is covered. Leave to sit for around 20 minutes, then gently brush off and (if possible) soak the carpet in cold water for around 30 minutes before machine washing.
If your precious fur babies have made a mess on the carpet, simply soak it up with some paper towels and spray with a one-to-one solution of water and vinegar. Allow to soak for five to 10 minutes before blotting dry and ‘rinsing’ the carpet by blotting with clean towels soaked in warm water. This easy DIY solution will not only prevent staining, but also neutralise odours.
Keep wooden tables clean and shiny with Wellness’ orange oil-based All Purpose Cleaning Spray, or reach for Method’s Squirt & Mop Wood Floor Cleaner and Wood Polish. These non-toxic plant-based formulas are perfect for gently cleaning and polishing precious wooden tables as well as shelving, chairs and hard wood floors.
While bleach does a great job of clearing out germs in a toilet, if you opt for a biodegradable toilet cleaner made from natural ingredients, you will be helping the environment by keeping harmful chemicals out of the pipes and away from fish and other animals. We love the Earthsap Peppermint Toilet Bowl Cleaner & Disinfectant for its minty fresh fragrance and decalcifying properties.
Try to make a habit of putting the lid down before flushing so that you aren’t sending germs and bacteria into the air with each flush.
Your shower may clean you, but that doesn’t mean it cleans itself! Method’s Daily Shower Ylang Ylang spray uses non-toxic lactic acid and decyl glucoside derived from corn starch to dissolve and prevent soap and lime deposits, while leaving a fresh fragrance.
You may also want to clean out your showerhead once in a while to get rid of the accumulated limescale. All you have to do is soak it in a tub of white vinegar or, if it is attached to the wall, fill a sturdy plastic bag with vinegar and secure it around the head with rubber bands and leave to soak. After two to four hours, remove the head from the vinegar and scrub away the residue.
Basin and Bathtub
Basins and baths are generally pretty stain-resistant, and you can get them clean with a standard all-purpose surface cleaner like the Wellness All Purpose Cleaning Spray or Ecover’s Bathroom Cleaner - which is made from renewable plant-based ingredients. However, if you want to really get them sparkling, you can use good old baking soda and vinegar. Simply combine baking soda and white vinegar in a one-to-one ratio until it forms a grainy paste, then use a wet scrubbing brush to scrub away dirt and stains.
For the tiles themselves, you should go for an all-purpose bathroom surface cleaner like Earthsap’s Citrus Bathroom Cleaner Spray – a biodegradable and non-toxic cleaning solution made from saponified coconut extract, purified oil, and citrus and essential oils.
When it comes to grout, however, you’ll need to get a little tougher. The best DIY grout cleaner is a one-to-one mix of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Simply sprinkle the baking soda over the grout until it’s covered, and then spritz with hydrogen peroxide until it is wet. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes, scrub with a sturdy brush, and then wipe clean (for wall tiles, you can simply mix the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda into a paste and apply to grout).
To banish mould and mildew that has accumulated in the bathroom, fill a spray bottle with unflavoured vodka, spritz on affected areas and wipe down.
Between soap scum, bathroom grime and good old hair clumps, you’re definitely going to end up with a blocked shower drain at some point. Luckily, there is an old and trusted method for clearing out your drain with our good friends, baking soda and vinegar!
Pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed immediately by half a cup of distilled white vinegar. Plug the drain with a cloth and let the bicarb and vinegar fizz away. Leave for at least 20 minutes, remove the rag and pour a full kettle of boiling water down the drain quickly to clear out the blockage.
Otherwise, you can opt for Earthsap’s Drain Maintenance Cleaner, which is cruelty-free, contains no chlorine or petrochemicals, and is completely biodegradable, making it safe to go down the pipes!
Mirrors and Windows
You can whip up an easy DIY glass cleaner by combining one cup of water, two tablespoons of white vinegar, two tablespoons of rubbing alcohol, and one and a half teaspoons of corn starch in a spray bottle. Shake to ensure that the ingredients have not separated, spray onto mirrors, windows or other glass surfaces, and use a paper towel or soft cloth to wipe off.
Alternatively, you could grab the Wellness All Purpose Cleaning Gel for a quick and effective cleaning solution, or Ecover’s Window and Glass Cleaner, which uses a quick-drying natural formula to leave all your mirrors and windows with a streak-free shine (plus, it’s made in an energy-efficient factory).
For a monthly deep clean, scrub down all bathroom surfaces with a solution of Wellness All Purpose Cleaning Gel and water (dilute one teaspoon of gel for every one litre of water).
Countertops are generally a pretty easy clean, and you don’t really need a specific product – even some dishwashing liquid and a sponge will do! However, it is a good idea to invest in an anti-bacterial all-purpose surface cleaner, both or the sake of convenience and hygiene.
We love the Triple Orange Bio Sanitise Spray for its naturally-derived ingredients, fragrant orange oil base and kick of isopropyl alcohol for extra germ-busting power. For stubborn deposits and stains, create a high-powered cleaner by diluting one teaspoon of Wellness All Purpose Cleaning Gel in two litres of warm water, and scrub away.
Make sure to always check if your counter cleaner needs to be wiped off surfaces after application or if you can just spray and go – you don’t want to end up with sanitiser residue on your fruit and veggies!
Although all appliances need to be cleaned in different ways, you generally can’t go wrong with a good all-purpose surface cleaner such as the Wellness All-Purpose Cleaning Spray.
Simply add it to a soft, clean cloth to take care of the outsides of microwaves, electric stovetops, fridges, toasters, air fryers, and pretty much every other appliance that you can think of.
When it comes to the insides of appliances, however, you’ve got to be a little more selective in your products and methods.
- For an oven and hob in need of a deep clean, go for a relatively powerful product like the Earthsap Citrus Oven & Hob Cleaner, which is effective while still being non-toxic and eco-friendly (you can also use this to clean the inside of your microwave).
- Fridges need a thorough clean every now and then, and there’s no quick and easy hack for that, unfortunately. At least once a month, you should clear out all foods, throw away anything that is developing an eco-system, and give everything a good scrub. If you have removable shelves and drawers, you can wash these in the sink with your usual dishwashing liquid – otherwise you can use your trusty multi-purpose surface cleaner. Make sure to get into all the nooks and crannies to eliminate any food residue that could become a breeding ground for harmful microbes.
For a fridge with a not-so-nice odour, you can rely on the age-old trick of placing a bowl or plate of bicarbonate of soda on one of the shelves to absorb the smell.
If you own a dishwasher, you want to look for a machine soap that is non-toxic and biodegradable. We recommend the citrus-fresh Wellness Dishwasher Gel or the Better Earth Auto Dish Gel, which gives you approximately 70 washes per bottle and produces grey water that you can use in your garden.
If you wash dishes by hand, opt for a dish soap that uses natural cleaning ingredients to avoid drying out your hands and damaging your skin. The Earthsap Dishwashing Liquid is fully biodegradable, and uses the natural cleaning powers of citrus to leave dishes sparkling.
If you are fighting tough grime and grease on pots and pans, replace your usual dish soap with a solution of half a teaspoon of Wellness All Purpose Cleaning Gel mixed with 500 ml of warm water. Or, for a DIY solution, sprinkle a good amount of salt over the dish and use half a lemon to scrub-a-dub! Acidic lemon juice combats grease and dirt, while salt acts as an abrasive to get rid of any food residue.
The wrong laundry detergent can cause skin irritation, especially for little ones. The Wellness Laundry Cream is a great natural, hypoallergenic and non-toxic detergent and fabric softener that can be used for machine- and hand-washing.
To save water and electricity when doing laundry, run the machine on a low temperature and wait until you have a full load to do the washing.
Maintaining a household is an immensely tough job, and the thought of saying goodbye to your trusted chemical helpers isn’t easy. But it’s so worth it. By making small changes like investing in a few earth-friendly products or trying out a couple of easy DIY solutions, you will be making a big difference. Not only will you be protecting yourself and your loved ones by clearing your home of harmful chemicals, fumes and residues, but you will also be supporting small, local brands that prioritise sustainable and ethical production. Furthermore, you will be helping to keep all of that nasty nonsense away from our precious animals, oceans and earth.
Change starts at home, and it’s time to make a difference.