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Hey there,

it's Holly here from Vivo Life.

Let’s be honest, there are very few people in the world who truly enjoy cleaning. I would like to be able to say that I’m one of them, but that would be a terrible lie. If you are one of those people, know that I envy you greatly, and if you’d like to come and clean my oven, you’re most welcome!

Whilst being up to my elbows in cleaning products isn’t something I am overly passionate about, I can claim to be keen on the environment. So, whilst I’ve never been thrilled by the prospect of spending extra time on cleaning, I have spent time on making sure that the products I use in my home are contributing to climate change as little as possible, and also that they’re not full of harsh chemicals.

It was daunting in the beginning, I did a lot of research into the most eco-friendly, vegan and cruelty free products that weren’t full of chemicals dangerous to aquatic life. It was a long, arduous process, and I was still finding that huge amounts of waste were being generated.

That’s when I decided to try the unthinkable, and make my own cleaning products.

There was a lot of trial and error involved (often more error than trial, if I’m honest) but I’ve learned a lot, and it’s made my life a lot easier – here are a few of my handy hacks for a more sustainable and environmentally friendly cleaning routine that won’t cost extra time, money and materials...

Bicarb is your BFF: Bicarbonate of soda is a wonder. Not just for baking and cooking, but for cleaning up the mess you’ve made afterwards. You can use it on its own for scouring off tough grime and stains, mix it with vinegar (white vinegar – not the kind out of pickled onion jars!) for added fizz or, and this is my favourite – use it to rid the fridge of unfavourable odours. A tiny pot of bicarb in the fridge keeps it smelling fresh – just stir it every so often and change it out every two months!

Microwave Magic: I don’t think anyone with a microwave doesn’t know the despairing noise as you hear the bowl of soup you’re heating up for lunch go ‘bang’ and explode, splattering every recess with boiling liquid. If you don’t want to be up to your elbows in microwave grime at awkward angles, and let’s face it, who does, you can follow this super simple tip! Grab a microwaveable mug, stick about 100ml of white vinegar and the juice of one lemon in it, and microwave for about 2 minutes. When you hear the tell tale beep, leave it for another minute to let the steam circulate, and then you can simply wipe off the grime with a cloth. No mess, no fuss, and no chemicals at all.

Luscious Lemons: Lemons are acidic. That’s a fact, and one I think most people know. That makes it great at fighting off bacteria, whitening up your whites if you add it to a wash, and being tough on stains! I usually try a tiny area first, just to make sure I’m not going to ruin whatever I’m cleaning. My favourite, favourite way to use lemons for cleaning is on my chopping boards. I don’t want to put a whole load of chemicals on my food preparation surfaces, but rubbing half a lemon over the board is an easy way to disinfect them before washing. It’s especially useful if you’ve used the other half in whatever’s cooking!

Essential Scents: Most homemade cleaning products call for white vinegar, because it is brilliant and removing dirt, grime, mildew, you name it, vinegar can probably clean it. The only downside is the smell. It’s, well, vinegary, which isn’t a great smell for a home. This is where essential oils come in. Not only do they provide fresh scents and cover the smell of vinegar, they also have delightful properties all of their own and are naturally antibacterial. Tea tree oil, for example, can be used with vinegar in a spray bottle to handle any mildew build up in your bathroom. Lavender oil and water in a mister makes for a calming air freshener, or you could try mixing your favourite scent with some bicarb and sprinkling it over your carpets when they need freshening up. Leave for half an hour, and then hoover – your carpets will smell wonderful and fresh for ages!

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So, there you have it, between White Vinegar, Bicarb, Lemons and Essential Oils, you have everything you need to clean your home. A simple universal cleaner is equal parts water and white vinegar with a few drops of essential oil for a long lasting smell - there’s no reason not to give it a go, you’ll be converted in no time at all!

Take care, Holly
 
   

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