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Is it just us, or are cleaning products really expensive? There are so many different types out there, it’s sometimes hard to know which ones you really need to spend your money on. Well, you don’t actually need to fork out a fortune – you can use stuff that you might already have around the house that’ll do just as good a job for a fraction of the price. Not to mention you’ll be doing your bit for the environment too as chemical cleaners, especially those containing bleach, are highly toxic.

What’s in them?

Have you ever felt that slippery feeling on your skin when they’ve been in contact with bleach? That’s the caustic lye dissolving fats from the skin’s surface – eurgh! And that’s only one of many horrible chemicals used in off-the-shelf cleaners. Use our three-step-kit to move away from chemicals and into a greener, pleasanter way to clean, and all for under a fiver!

Bicarbonate of soda –

this is an absolute must in you greener-cleaner kit! It’s a little bit abrasive, but not too much, so you can use it to clean your taps and your delicate porcelain toilet bowls too. Just sprinkle onto a damp cloth and wipe the grime away.

You can also use it to fluff your towels – pop half a mug full in the conditioner drawer on your machine and put on hot wash, without any detergent. This will lift the soap residue from the towels and fluff up the fibres again. Smelly shoes will also benefit from a dusting of bicarb left over night. Come morning, they’ll be as fresh as a daisy.

Remember! Despite what you may have read in the past, do not mix bicarb and vinegar together. All that’ll happen is there’ll be a reaction that creates a dramatic foaming and for a couple of minutes, then the reaction will be over and what’s left is salt water.

Lemon juice or white vinegar –

another staple in the green clean kit. These two acids are perfect for lifting grease from cooker hoods and dissolving the soapy-scum marks off your bath. Just wipe on, leave for a couple of minutes, then wipe off. Half a lemon placed in a smelly fridge overnight will make it fresh and clean, by the next morning. The same goes for your clothes, swap your fabric conditioner with half a cup of lemon juice to refresh them with an added lemony scent.

And, if you’re windows need a spruce up, make them sparkle with a splash of vinegar and a wipe down with newspaper. It’s one of those old wives tales that turns out to be true.

Essential oils –

oils are lovely, but not essential for you cleaning, despite what their name suggests. However, if you want to finish off your cleaning with some wonderful aromas, by all means, grab a bottle of essential oil and drip a few drops down your toilet and plug holes to make them smell lovely. There are a few oils that work particularly well, like lemon, orange and peppermint. But the real classic and a favourite of the Ocean team is pine needle, which will make your bathroom smell like a wonderful pine forest! It also has some antibacterial properties, which is why it was used so much for off-the-shelf cleaners – cheap and effective.

Shopping list:

These oils may seem pricey at first glance, but a 10ml bottle should last you at least 6 months – you only need about 10 drops for your drains and toilet, in total, each time you use it. A 10ml bottle will have, on average, 250 Drops in it, so it works out cheap in the long run. Plus, you’ll get the aroma-therapeutic effects of the oils too!

Pine Needle (p+p free) – £1.99

Bicarbonate of Soda – £0.77

Vinegar 568ml – £0.49

Lemons – £0.92

Total cost = – £4.17

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