A QUICK GUIDE TO CHEMICAL FREE CLEANING WITH E-CLOTH
If there is one side of the cooking process that is yet to be made glamorous, it is the cleaning. The preparation, cooking and serving can all look beautiful and elegant, but when it gets to the point of washing up and cleaning it is safe to say that everyone has lost interest. It obvious that cleaning up the kitchen is never going to be the highlight of the week, but there are ways of making the task much less hassle (and much more natural).
From cooker to fridge, it is important to consider what ingredients are actually in the cleaning products. With endless types of bleach, disinfectants and chemicals, it’s easy to get confused about what you are actually cleaning with. When you’re looking for a chemical free way to maintain your kitchen appliances, there are only two simple things you need; a quality cloth and natural cleaner. Working with ‘The Green Cleaner’, E-cloths are a great way to clean your kitchen appliances and kitchen surfaces using just water and natural homemade cleaning products.
Whether it be grease, dirt or bacteria, E-cloths are a cheap and easy way of getting the kitchen immaculate, with the added benefit of the lack of chemicals impacting positively on both the environment and health. It is the fibres in the E-cloth which break up the dirt, which an everyday cloth would have trouble with. With 480,000 fibres in each CM², it’s easy to see how they managed to deal with over 99% of bacteria. They are also perfect for those who regularly suffer from allergies.
Making your own cleaning products at home is a really simple task, which sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is. As long as you know what the ingredients do, and what types of appliances and surfaces to use them on, you’ll not have a problem. Making your own will not only save you money, but also give you the peace of mind that your appliances aren’t being damaged by harsh chemicals. Co-founder of ‘The green cleaner’, Vicki Bates, says that there only four everyday household ingredients which you need to create your own natural cleaning products:
1) Lemon Juice – Acting as the perfect substitute to bleach, it is the natural qualities in lemon juice which makes it such a fantastically diverse cleaning product. Simply apply the lemon juice to a cloth, wipe around the taps, sinks and draining board, then wipe the surface down with a bit of hot water.
2) White Vinegar – Due to the perfect acidic balance, white vinegar is a safe enough to use on your kitchen surfaces, yet strong enough to get rid of any grease and dirt. It is also a perfect solution to removing limescale. Simply soak a cloth in the vinegar, wrap it around the areas heavily effected by the lime scale and leave it for a couple of hours. Stainless steel sinks also greatly benefit from a dash of white vinegar, a wipe round with an E-cloth, giving a sleek shining clean finish.
3) Bicarbonate of Soda – For a non-toxic cleaner which works beautifully on a variety of kitchen surface and appliances, use a touch of bicarbonate of soda on a damp cloth. On the tougher areas, such as cooker hobs, thicken the solution to tackle areas with a heavier level of grease.
4) Citric Acid - The final ingredient on the list is citric acid. Extremely easy to find in a fruits such as oranges and limes. Once again, it is ideal for removing tough limescale, whilst still be an eco-friendly natural cleaner.
There are many other useful ingredients to have to hand when creating a natural, homemade cleaning product, such as lemongrass oil and tea tree oil. Lemongrass oil is a great natural cleaner, which manages to neutralize strong cleaning smells such as vinegar. Tea tree oil on the other hand, has both anti-fungal and anti-viral property, and is a great way of disinfecting appliances.
To find out more about chemical free cleaning and the E-Cloth range, visit their site www.e-cloth.com