If you’re hosting this festive season no doubt you’ll be on a mission to tackle the house cleaning before the guests arrive.

But is it possible to naturally yet effectively clean your home without the use of harsh products?

Are some cleaning products kinder to our skin and airways than others? How much waste is the packaging producing? What is the impact on aquatic life?

The great news is, if you’re looking to clean as ethically as possible, yet don’t want to compromise on excellent results, there are some great alternatives out there.

Here are our top 5 natural cleaning tips.

A breath of fresh air

Ever tackled a grimy bathroom with a mean looking cleaner promising to restore your tiles to their former glory in an instant? Then in the next minute flinging open the nearest window as the powerful fumes take hold?

Well, it really doesn’t have to be that way. Many of the eco friendly alternatives available today are highly effective at busting through grime.

What’s more, rather than cloying artificial fragrances, many natural alternatives are formulated with aromatherapy oils so you can enjoy a pleasant smelling cleaning product while you work.

Natural can be effective

Just because a product is formulated with naturally derived ingredients doesn’t meant it isn’t effective at cutting through dirt. There are some natural anti-bacterial formulations derived from plant materials, which are proven to kill 99.9 per cent of bacteria such as E.coli, Salmonella, Listeria, P.aeruginosa. There are also various formats available so whether you prefer sprays or wipes, have the faith to go natural to tackle stubborn grease, germs, soap scum and lime scale.

Christmas dinner with a side dish of washing up liquid?

You’ll want to ensure your dishes are sparkling clean, but be safe in the knowledge you’re not eating any cleaning product residue off your plate along with your turkey and trimmings!

There are natural anti-bacterial washing up liquids and dishwasher gels which are vegetable based meaning they are ideal for people with skin and detergent sensitivity but still boast excellent grease cutting power to leave dishes sparkling.

What about the waterways?

Help minimise the impact on the aquatic system by choosing cleaning products without unnecessary fillers or foam boosters. Check they are also free from phosphates, parabens, preservatives, enzymes, bleach and artificial fragrances.

Look for brands accredited by ethical initiatives which exist to reduce the environmental impact of products such as ‘Love Your Lakes’. This is a project, which encourages businesses, and residents in Cumbria to switch to accredited phosphate-free laundry and dishwashing products to help minimise their environmental impact on the water quality of the English lakes.

Go large

Make sure you buy products packaged in bottles (and with caps and labels) which are recyclable where facilities exist. Polyethylene is a good one to look out for as it is one of the easiest plastics to recycle.

Why not also consider reducing your environmental impact further? Stock up on 5 litre bulk packs to refill your smaller bottles of cleaning products and opt for ranges formulated with raw materials which are biodegradable and from sustainable sources.

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