Cleaning your home with eco-friendly ingredients is surprisingly easy and extremely effective.  With just a few simple ingredients you can tackle all sorts of cleaning jobs all round the house.  There are loads available online and you will no doubt find the ones that work best for you, but here are some simple ideas to get you started.

Stain Remover

Mix together 1/4 cup white vinegar, ¼ cup bicarbonate of soda, a squeeze of castile soap and 2 cups of water.  Give it a shake and keep in a spray bottle to use whenever you have a tough stain on your clothes or carpet.

Floor Cleaner

Add ¼ cup of white vinegar to a bucket of hot water with a squeeze of castile soap.  You can even add a few drops of your favourite essential oil.

Air Freshener

Fill a spray. Bottle with water and about 10 drops of your favourite essential oil (or as many as required to get the scent you like).  Use this to freshen up the air, your furniture or linen.

Windows, Glass, Mirrors

Mix together 1 part white vinegar to 4 parts water and use on your windows of mirrors to polish and clean. You can also add essential oils for a fresh scent.  Avoid doing this on a hot day as it can leave streaks.

Unblock Kitchen / Bathroom Drains

Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda into the drain, then pour in some white vinegar.  Cover the plughole with a wet cloth while the two react with one another to clean the drain.  Wait five minutes and run hot water to clear it.

Toilet Cleaner

Just pour a mix of water and citric acid down your toilet and let it stay there for as long as possible, ideally overnight.  The next morning give it a quick clean and then flush leaving your toilet sparkly clean.

Descale your Kettle

Half fill your kettle with water and heat to almost boiling.  Let is stand for a minute or two and then add a couple of tablespoons of citric acid and let it sit for 10-20 minutes.  If there is still some stubborn limescale you can try  to reactive the acid by switching the kettle on again until it fizzes.  Switch kettle off and let sit for another 10 mins.  Rinse thoroughly.