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Eco-Friendly Cleaning Solutions for a Healthier Home

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Happy New Year! I hope you have had a relaxing Christmas and are feeling ready to welcome 2019. I am gearing up to take down the Christmas decorations (very reluctantly). One of the things that helps me get over the sadness of packing Christmas away is decluttering and getting the house looking clean and clear. (Well, as much as you can with children and a hoarding habit.) I’ve been trying out some eco-friendly cleaning ideas, as I don’t want a clean house at the expense of the environment, or our own health. I’ve been cutting chemicals out of my beauty regime for years now, and although I have been doing the same in our house, I am making this more of a focus this year.

A Healthier Home with Eco-Friendly Cleaning Solutions

Tincture London 100% Natural Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

Tincture London have sent me a selection of their 100% natural eco-friendly cleaning range to try. Aside from the gorgeous octagonal monochrome bottles, which I love, what’s inside is also pretty fantastic.

Eco-Friendly Cleaning Ideas

The Washing Up liquid (£4.99) works well, producing a nice amount of bubbles as long as you use enough. I think maybe I used too much here though! It also smells gorgeous, as it’s made of a 100% natural blend that includes thyme, eucalyptus, cinnamon oils, and chamomile extract.

Eco-friendly washing up with Tincture natural washing up liquid

Likewise, the All-Purpose spray (£4.99) which contains sage, clove, thyme oils, and chamomile extract, and the Daily Floor spray (£4.99) which contains eucalyptus, thyme, rosemary oils, and chamomile extract, also work brilliantly. It’s so great to know I’m not leaving a trail of chemicals as I wash.

This is also really important in the bathroom, with young children in the house. Now thanks to the Tincture London bathroom spray, I don’t worry that they’ll be absorbing left-over chemicals as they have a bath.

Tincture London Eco-Friendly Cleaning Spray in a bathroom

The bathroom spray (£4.99) has lemon, caraway, galbanum oils, and chamomile, which make it smell lovely, unlike conventional cleaners. Thea even asked “Mummy, why is the sink so shiny?” after I’d used it!

Tincture London eco-friendly cleaning spray for bathrooms in a monochrome bathroom

I’ve also been sent a small bottle of Tincture London glass and mirror spray.

Eco-friendly window cleaner from Tincture

It worked well to clean the windows before I decorated them for Christmas using chalk pens.

About Tincture London Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

Tincture London was founded by a mum of four, who, like me, was worried about the safety of conventional cleaning products.

“I searched everywhere for high performance, non toxic cleaning products that were totally safe to use around the entire family including our pets and that did not exacerbate my children’s conditions such as asthma and eczema.  I was after products that were safe, effective and yet I did not want the entire house to smell of vinegar! At TINCTURE care has gone into every single ingredient. Only used if 100% natural, sustainable and non-toxic.” Angelika, TINCTURE founder

Tincture London have octagonal bottles to represent their eight core values:
1. 100% Natural
2. Clinically Tested
3. Sustainable and Biodegradable
4. Cruelty-Free
5. Eco-Friendly Packaging
6. Zero Waste
7. Vegan
8. Made in England

I won’t go into loads of detail here, but you can read the details of these eight ethical promises on their website here.

Did you know that active silver is commonly used in the medical sector and is a known antimicrobial agent? Tincture use silver in their formulations and in the bottle material to ensure it remains bacteria free at all times.

Eco-Friendly Cleaning and Washing up with Tincture

The silver-infused bottles are so stylish, I’m happy to have them out on display in my kitchen and bathroom. They are safe to use on all surfaces, even marble (not that I have much of that!) Refills are also available, in recyclable glass bottles, meaning you can cut down on plastic waste even more. These eco-friendly cleaning products are undeniably more expensive than what you’d buy at the supermarket, but I believe it’s worth it to have peace of mind that you’re not using toxic ingredients in your home.

LoofCo Eco-Friendly Washing Up Pad

I’m trying out a natural loofah sponge to wash dishes, £2.75 from LoofCo at Ethical Superstore*. It’s kind of crispy when it’s dry, but when you soak it in water it softens up and cleans without scratching. They last up to a year, and can be composted when they wear out. Way better than a plastic foam sponge, and so much more eco-friendly.

E-Cloths Are Perfect for Eco-Friendly Cleaning

I’ve been using E-Cloths for years now, and they work so well, and don’t even need cleaning sprays to work! Ethical Superstore have a great selection of E-Cloths here*. They are fantastic for cleaning class and worktops, in my experience, leaving a streak-free finish. You can wash them over 300 times, and are so much better than using paper towels for mopping up spillages.

Pink e-cloth for eco-friendly cleaning

Dr Bronner’s Eco-Friendly Cleaning Multi-Purpose Soap

Our hand soap is in a refillable pump, rather than the plastic bottles. We use diluted Dr Bronner’s liquid hemp castile soap*, which also has loads of other uses. I also use it to wash my clothes, using my eco-friendly homemade laundry detergent, which you can find here.

Dr Bronners Castille Soap

Distilled Vinegar, Bicarbonate of Soda and Soda Crystals are Great Eco-Friendly Cleaning Solutions

I bet your pantry or store cupboard also has a few eco-friendly cleaning supplies already. I use white vinegar, bicarbonate of soda and sofa crystals around my home.

Eco-Friendly cleaning essentials

As Tincture’s founder says, using white vinegar to clean your house doesn’t smell great. But it is very effective at cleaning and deodorising your drains, when used with bicarbonate of soda and hot water. Simply pour a cup of bicarbonate of soda down your drain, followed by a cup of white distilled vinegar. You may want to cover it with a damp cloth in case it spatters back on you. Let it bubble away for five minutes, and flush with plenty of hot water. Alternatively, you can just pour a cup of soda crystals down the drain, and flush with hot water.

You can also use soda crystals to deodorise your washing machine – just add around 500g to the detergent drawer, and running a hot wash once a month. Here are some more uses for white vinegar. And here are tonnes of uses for bicarbonate of soda.

I hope you’ve found my ideas for eco-friendly cleaning useful, why not Pin it for later?

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6 Comments

  1. Caro | The Twinkle Diaries

    2nd February 2019 at 4:55 pm

    I LOVE this post!!!! I did a sustainability experiment last year and it had such a massive impact on how we live now. I Iove the sound of these products Becky — off to check them out — thanks so much for sharing on #HomeEtc

    1. Becky Pink

      2nd February 2019 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks so much Caro, I’m trying to do as much as I can, and having more success with some things than others! Xx

  2. Lins @ Boo & Maddie

    12th January 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Thank you so much Becky for sharing these, I’ve been wanting to try some of the Tincture London for ages so must invest X #HomeEtc

    1. Becky Pink

      13th January 2019 at 12:11 am

      Ah great glad it’s useful! The bottles are big too so they will last ages xx

  3. Petra Kravos (@BeHealthyFeelGd)

    12th January 2019 at 10:27 am

    I need to get myself that LoofCo pad, sounds really good and not expensive! I also use Dr. Bronner’s, white vinegar, soda crystals and bicarb soda. 🙂

    1. Becky Pink

      12th January 2019 at 11:08 am

      Yeah I am really preferring it to normal sponges, I think I’ll get another one for my bathroom! Love all the old fashioned cleaning things like vinegar, they work so well! Xx

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