Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Natural Cleaning - will you take the challenge? #NatClean2012

With the advent of shops such as Poundland and The 99p Store, buying cleaning products has never been so cheap. Add into that the millions of pounds that manufacturers throw into their advertising campaigns, and you'd be forgiven for thinking that you had the best bargain in the world with a £1 toilet or kitchen cleaner from a well known brand.

But most of us know life isn't just about money or glamorous brands; it's about being eco-friendly, about staying healthy and about avoiding the chemicals and additives that most modern cleaning products contain.

So, with that in mind, we at are issuing a challenge - a natural cleaning challenge!

Over the next few weeks we're going to challenge you to replace one of your cleaning products a week with a natural alternative. Even better than that, we're going to give you the recipes and guidelines you need for that alternative, using things you probably already have around your home.

Think about it; currently you probably use a lot of the following:
  • Chlorine
  • Phosphates
  • Caustic cleansers
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Benzisothiozalinone
Without even thinking about it - they're found in toilet cleaners, oven cleaners, kitchen sprays, detergents and more. And that's just the start.

Yes they make things clean and sparkly. Yes they make things smell good. But these chemicals (and more) are also linked to a  variety of health and environmental problems, due to the way they are manufactured as well as the impact they have once they're washed down the drain.

We owe it to ourselves and our environment to avoid them.

So we're going to show you how to use:
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Essential oils
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • Bread
  • Walnuts
  • And more
to make your home shine, smell fresh and most of all BE CLEAN.

No more toxic chemicals, no more fabricated smells that don't last, and we'll even bet that our natural cleaning challenge recipes are cheaper too!

So are you up for it?

Let us know in the comments if you're in, and look out for our next post or watch Twitter for the hashtag #NatClean2012


Cristine said...

Count me in!

Nikki said...

I'm in! Looking forward to it!

Catherine Lloyd-Evans said...

Great stuff! I already make most of my own stuff, with the exception of the odd Ecover product - don't know about you, but I never did succeed in making a very good washing up liquid! But I'll keep a watch out for more recipes - I love cleaning product recipes xxx

Anna & Jon said...

Fab idea! I have put this on my blog too to spread the word!

Barbara Saul said...

Great idea - I'll join in. Thank you said...

Really looking forward to sharing recipes with you all & hearing your experiences. Do keep checking back & let us know how you're doing :)