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Ideas to clean your house without dirtying the planet

Ideas to clean your house without dirtying the planet

Kitchenware and brushes, from Rice. www.rice.dk

Start with something easy, for example, how to make your own detergent to wash dishes or clothes, or a scented fabric softener. Take note!
Liquid dish soap
. For 450 ml, you need 1 teaspoon of borax (in drugstores), 1 teaspoon of liquid soap, 450 ml of boiling water and 10 drops of lemon essential oil. Put the borax and soap in a medium bowl and pour the boiling water slowly. Mix until well blended and let cool completely until it adopts a gel consistency. Store it in a bottle, add the essential oil and shake it gently. When using it, pour a little hot water.

Clothes detergent. You need for 650 grams: 100-150 grams of soap in a tablet without glycerin, 250 grams of borax, 250 grams of soda and 5 drops of lemon essential oil. Cut the soap into small pieces and place the ingredients in a robot to crush food until a fine powder is obtained. Let the mixture settle before opening the lid. Pour between 1 and 3 teaspoons in each wash, depending on the dirt on the clothes.

Fabric softener. For 750 grams you need 500 grams of salt, 250 grams of baking soda and 30 drops of lavender essential oil. Mix the ingredients and store them in an airtight container. Put 2 tablespoons in each wash load.

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Store utensils and cleaning products that you have made in a safe area of ​​the kitchen. Order them in different containers (baskets, buckets or boxes), like these so ideal of www.gardentrading.co.uk. Make sure they are well labeled to recognize their content with the naked eye. And place them in hard-to-reach areas for children.

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32,58 €

Elongated bucket for detergents, at Amazon.es

Reusable gloves

They are essential to protect the skin of your hands. Choose latex or silicone, non-slip, and if possible, long to the elbow.

Dispensers Instead of the liquid soap container, use a beautiful 500 ml dispenser, easy to handle and much more decorative. Fill it with natural detergent, which you can do without parabens, dyes or additives.

Scourers They are a focus of bacteria. In the interesting blog www.higiaeco.es They bet on vegetable sponges, which are natural, hypoallergenic, antibacterial, anti-odor and sustainable!

In the photo, wall bracket (€ 28.50) and drainer (€ 24.90), by Rice, in www.takatomo.de

Cleaning tools

Washing dishes is a cumbersome task if you do not have a dishwasher or if it has spoiled you. It will be more pleasant if you choose the correct cleaning utensils: eco and beautifully designed.

Ecological hygiene

If you want to become an eco-cleaner and put your grain of sand when it comes to protecting our natural environment, this book gives you the keys in the form of easy recipes for you to make your own natural detergents.

You might think it's very complicated, but it's not like that; you will use lifelong raw materials: vinegar, baking soda, salt, essential oils, citric acid and alcohol. With them, alone or mixed, you will get efficient and sustainable cleaners!

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Green & Clean homemade recipes, by Teresa Pinyol. Editorial Beta In Amazon.es

Brushes for cleaning dishes

Opt for those with horsehair bristles - they are soft and not scratch - and the wooden handle (always avoid plastic), to leave them hanging and in sight.

To buy

12,90 €

Wooden brushes on Amazon.co.uk

Natural bristles

Before washing dishes, use natural bristle brushes to remove food debris from the plate. These are from HK Living (€ 19.95 / 3).