Hello, Alex here! Living in a tiny old stone cottage in the countryside, I’ve come to realise that rustic charm comes with some real challenges when keeping the house clean. The cracks in these weathered stone walls seem to have a never-ending supply of dust and debris, and my stone stairs have been the bane of my life when it comes to cleaning them, especially with two young children. However, over the past few years, I’ve discovered cleaning methods and sustainable products that work wonders for me and I want to share them in case they can work for others too!
Concentrated cleaning solutions
My journey into the world of sustainable cleaning started when I came across eco-focused companies like Babipur. Along with lots of beautiful, sustainable kids’ clothes and toys, Babipur offer concentrated cleaning solutions that you can mix with water at home to create your final cleaning product. One brand that I’ve really come to love is Skosh, known for its eco-friendly and planet-friendly ethos. By choosing concentrated options that you prepare at home, you’re actively reducing the carbon footprint associated with shipping water-heavy cleaning products.
Making the cleaning solutions up at home really is simple too. Different brands have slightly different methods, but usually you’ll just need to pop either a tablet or small sachet into an empty spray bottle, fill with water, and shake! That’s it – it really is simple.
Dishwashing Made Eco-Friendly
When it comes to washing dishes, I’ve made a shift towards sustainability with an environmentally friendly dish brush from EcoLiving. Paired with an EcoCoconut scourer, these items have become essential tools in my kitchen, and they do their jobs amazingly. The coconut scourer, in particular, is a game-changer and one of my all time favourite eco-friendly swaps. It’s not only effective but also biodegradable, which is perfect for my growing commitment to reduce waste. For those times when I opt for a solid dish soap bar, I’ve had great success with EcoLiving bars and solid Dr. Bronner’s soap.
Tackling Tricky Floors with Natural Life
My most recent discovery is the Natural Life beech-handled floor cleaning set that I got from Tower Housewares, and it’s been a true game-changer. This set is perfect for reaching all the nooks and crannies on my old stone stairs, which have always been a challenge to clean. However, I’ve found that it’s just as effective on my laminate kitchen floor. In fact, it has come to my rescue on several occasions when the vacuum cleaner and mop simply couldn’t handle those stubborn, grimy spots. I’ve been exploring the Tower Life website and have spotted a couple of other Natural Life cleaning sets that I’m tempted to try out!
So, the next time you’re faced with a cleaning challenge, consider these sustainable alternatives. Not only will you enjoy a cleaner and greener home, but you’ll also be making a positive contribution to the health of our planet.