Organic. Natural. Eco-Friendly. There’s more pressure on both commercial bodies and households than ever before to make their products and services kinder to the environment and nasty chemical-free.
Even in the world of commercial cleaning, where people expect industrial-strength detergents and high-powered equipment, regulations to protect the environment are consistently being tweaked.
Whilst we wouldn’t necessarily use any of these in our duties of office cleaning in London, here are 5 unlikely organic cleaning alternatives you could use in your own home or office.
One of the old favourites and the inspiration for a million cleaning products (or at least, their fragrance) the natural acidity of lemons has made them a firm favourite in the world of cleaning.
Cut a lemon in half and it becomes the ideal cleaning tool for wood. Spruce up chopping boards and wooden surfaces with this citrus solution.
2. Coffee Grinds
Have a coffee machine in the office? Use the grinds to clean greasy surface and as an unlikely deodorant. As something that is readily available in any London office, we’d suggest using it to give the communal microwave a new lease of life and doing everyone’s food a favour by placing an open zip-lock bag full in the fridge.
Is your office home to a lot of wooden floors or furniture? Then it’s inevitable there’s going to be some chips, scraps or scratches making things look unsightly.
Take the edge off any damage to wood anywhere by chopping a walnut in half and rubbing on the offending area. The natural oils help fill in the surface without damaging any of the surrounding area.
4. Olive Oil
If there’s anything stainless steel in your office that needs a bit of a buff, olive oil is a great alternative to specialist polish.
But if it’s more of a scrub you’re after, mix the oil with some coarse salt for a solution that’s perfect where a job requires a little more elbow grease.
5. Cream of Tartar
Something that should be in any good baker’s cupboards, cream of tartar is a slightly acidic ingredient that seems to have limited uses.
But with a couple of drops of water per tablespoon, you’ll have a paste works miracles on cleaning pots and pans. If your selection of cookware now boasts brown spots where it was once silver – this is the solution to your problems!