Tips and tricks for an ecological and economical household!
Eliminate toxic products
Read the labels on the bottles of all-purpose cleansers, detergents, bathroom cleaners, and pipe unblockers you purchase, and ban products containing chemicals that can irritate the airways and eyes, causing burns on the skin which are harmful to the environment.
So forget about risky products:
- bleach, which should be used occasionally;
- “mothballs” and their stubborn odor that is replaced by cedar chips;
- products containing ammonia, benzene, toluene, formaldehyde and other substances known to be toxic;
- check to see if the commercial products you buy for cleaning carry the “green product” certification.
Vinegar … a great champion
- You can clean the house from top to bottom with white vinegar, a 100% biodegradable ecological product.
- Diluted in the same amount of water and stored in a bottle with a spray bottle, it cleans all surfaces in the kitchen, eliminates mold and traces of limescale in the bathroom, while disinfecting and deodorizing surfaces. However, it is best not to spray vinegar on porous and marble surfaces.
- Lemon juice removes grease from windows and mirrors and can replace vinegar in the same proportions for cleaning.
- Baking soda has deodorizing properties and can be used dry by sprinkling it on or simply placing a good amount of baking soda in the space to be deodorized.
- By diluting three spoonfuls of baking soda with one spoonful of water, you make a paste that tackles heavy cleaning jobs. A paste of baking soda and white vinegar is mildly abrasive and removes stubborn, unidentified stains from most surfaces.
- Dissolving 60 ml (1/4 cup) of baking soda in a quart of water makes it an excellent kitchen cleaner. This solution will make counters, slate, sinks, lunch boxes, cutting boards, etc. shine.
7 economic essentials
- Rags made from old clothes or linens. Flannel, cotton, old t-shirt, wool and cotton socks can be recycled into rags for the household. On the other hand, avoid making your rags with synthetic fabrics that will not have good absorbency.
- The microfiber cloth cleans most surfaces, and when thoroughly moistened with water, it requires a minimal amount of cleaning product.
- Dry, the microfiber cloth is the perfect tool for dusting furniture. It catches dust well, and since it is washable over three hundred times, it is very economical. On the other hand, when washing, avoid the use of fabric softener, which would reduce its absorbency.
- The newspaper will make the windows shine, but be careful not to touch the frame of the window which could then be stained with ink.
- The recycled spray bottles will keep your cleaning products well identified and made at home.
- The microfiber or terry cloth mop provides good floor maintenance. As the cloth of these mops is washable, purchasing this type of mop is economical.
- The sponge allows for quick cleaning in the kitchen and the bathroom. Convenient … but bacteria quickly find refuge there. Wash it in the dishwasher’s utensil basket or kill bacteria by wringing out the sponge well and setting it on high power for one minute in the microwave.
Do you know black soap?
- Many legends dating back to the dawn of time attribute the discovery of this soap to the Gauls, Romans and even the washerwomen who mixed molten animal fat with wood ash to whiten clothes.
- Well known in Europe, this soap has been available for several years in Quebec. Natural, ecological, biodegradable, this soap has a soft or liquid texture. It offers multiple possibilities for cleaning and can replace several household products. Maison Marius Fabre, in Provence, has been making olive oil-based black soap since 1900 and the secret of its recipe is well kept.
- 30 ml (2 tablespoons) of black soap diluted in five liters of hot water allows you to clean everything in the house (walls, ceramic, wood floors, etc.)
Did you know?
The sansevieria, commonly known as the “mother-in-law’s tongue”, the chlorophytum known as the “spider plant” and the popular dracaena identified as the
dragon tree are plants known to absorb pollutants. Install these plants in the living room to improve the air quality in the house.